Prompt 42

“Write for 10 minutes about what is running through a husband-to-be’s head while his wife-to-be is walking down the aisle to where he stands.” Is that the music changing? Yes, it is. She told me to count to give after the music changed and then to turn around to look at her.

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Prompt 41

“The biggest lie anyone told you” “Next time it won’t be the same old song and dance…” And I fell for it. Hook. Line. And sinker.

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Prompt 40

“Write a poem about a tomato” Round and ever blushing It sits there, poised and stoic Still and never rushing A patience near heroic. It wears a dark green hat Its attachment to the vine The one on which it sat Oh that tomato, mine. In a salad it will go With some lettuce and […]

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Prompt 39

“Your favourite tree” Outside the living room window of the house I grew up in, there is a large, majestic magnolia tree. It sits, about as tall as the house, if not taller, and is clad year-round in big, thick leaves of a deep green shade. And when it flowers, it provides huge creamy white […]

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Prompt 38

“The president’s personal to-do list” I realize that this list would be completely different had I done it three months ago. And while there may be many presidents in the world, I feel drawn to trying to outline what the to-do list of one in particular might look like.

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Prompt 37

“Describe in detail an every day object – a piece of fruit, a water bottle, or your beat-up old wallet” The teacup sat neatly on the kitchen table, catching the midmorning light and holding it warmly. Like many teacups of its time, it was small and quaint, and had a small handle that would only […]

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Prompt 36

“Parades” People marching, mesmerized, all moving in the same direction, stepping at the same pace. Corralled by banners and observers that delineate the path the marchers must follow. Slow progress, allowing the audience to carefully absorb the celebration or the protest of those passing by. A chant? Perhaps. Starting at the front and rippling across the […]

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Prompt 35

“Five things you wish you’d asked your grandmother” When my grandmother passed away when I was 17, I was plagued by a persistent feeling that I had been robbed of so many conversations with her. In that sense, this prompt is quite appropriate. What was it about Baba (my grandfather) that drew you to him? […]

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Prompt 34

“Why you write” Writing, to put it very simply, is my calling. Being able to craft the right words to tell a story, to make a point, or simply to describe something and make it real for someone else is what I have loved doing for as long as I can remember. I’ve never really […]

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Prompt 33

“Put your iPod on random shuffle, write down the lyric of the first song that comes on, and use it as an opening line” Letter to my love Well, I tried to do what I thought was right, and I know I fucked it up sometimes, but you always saw through my crap to the […]

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Prompt 32

“The smell of a place you love”  I love the smell of rain, don’t you? It’s impossible to put it to words, really, what it smells like. And, really, it may be different to each and every person.

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Prompt 31

“Write down everything you can remember about your algebra (math) teacher” In terms of appearance, Mr. B was bald, round, of average height, and he wore glasses with a thick frame. Outside of the classroom, at least, he looked to be quite a jolly guy, as his smile would make him almost childlike in his […]

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