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On Wednesdays We Write – Prompt #19

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Prompt #19:

Here are two stacks of blank index cards. Let’s say each one contains ten cards. For the pile on the left, write one thing per card that you are grateful to have done so far this year. For the stack on the right, write one thing per card that you hope to do by the end of the year.

Prompt #19 – Challenge:

Choose one card from each pile to develop more fully. Use both narrative and descriptive elements as you reflect on the past and dream about the future.

Share your reflection or dream in the comments.

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On Wednesdays We Write – Prompt #18

Prompt #18:

You’ve got 90 days to make it happen. What new thing do you want to see come into your life in the next three months? Is it a skill? Knowledge? Possession? Relationship? Experience?

Make a list of all the new things you’d like to explore in the next quarter. How many can you identify?

Choose one of the items on your list and explore in writing what it is, how you imagine it will impact your life, and what your action steps will be for making it happen.

Again, you have only 90 days, so get going with the groundwork, and make your life sparkle.

Prompt #18 Challenge:

Write a poetic tribute to the new thing you will pursue in the coming months. It can be as lofty as an ode, as basic as a limerick, or as unfettered as free verse.

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On Wednesdays We Write – Prompt #17

Prompt #17:

What in your sphere is old? Think about the people, places, possessions, events, experiences, emotions, and attitudes that characterize your slice of the pie we call life.

Which of these has been around for a while? Are they still here because they are classics? Are they around because you don’t like change? Anything outdated? Unneeded? Unwanted? What does old look like in your life?

Identify something from each category above, and write a short paragraph about the history of each in your world.

Prompt #17 Challenge:

Title a document with the name of one of the elements you selected for the main prompt.

Divide your writing space into two columns.

In the left column, write why you should keep this old thing. In the right column, make a case for letting it go.

Prompt #17 Super Challenge:

Choose one of the following titles: “Growth: A Case for Moving On” or “Growth: A Case for Holding On.”

Write a fully developed work on one old thing in your life that reflects the title you have chosen. In this piece, explain the history, the case for moving on or holding on, and how you anticipate personal growth will manifest as a result.

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On Wednesdays We Write – Prompt #16

Prompt #16:

Describe this photo. Include elements of color, size, shape, and pattern. What visual “textures” are present? What is happening with light? How does the light enable and enhance all the visual elements? Capture with your words a description so vivid that an artist could paint the scene.

Prompt #16 Challenge:

Journal about the associations you have with the image in this photograph. They might be psychological or emotional, real-life or imagined. What does it make you think? How does it make you feel?

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On Wednesdays We Write – Prompt #15

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Prompt #15:

Select one of the pairs of images above and describe how someone would perceive each photo subject using the sense of touch. Texture, movement, and temperature work together to give dimension to physical sensations. Try to include all three in your descriptions.

Prompt #15 Challenge:

Write a brief narrative that brings together both elements in the pair you chose. Incorporate the tactile descriptions you wrote in the first part of this exercise.

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On Wednesdays We Write – Prompt #14

Prompt #14:

Think of smoke. What is the source of that smoke? Describe how it smells in 100 or so words. Reach for olfactory-friendly words, and don’t be afraid to use comparisons to help you get the most vivid description.

Prompt #14 Challenge:

Write a poem about smoke. Include a description of the source and striking olfactory images. Give the smoke a deeper meaning. Make observations about life or the world.

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On Wednesdays We Write – Prompt #13

Prompt #13:

Pretend these gummy flavors come in a package together. On the back is a list of the flavor names and a 25ish-word description of each. Write the names and descriptions of each flavor. Get creative.

Prompt #13 Challenge:

Choose one: superpowers or dreams. Go back to your flavor names and descriptions and add which specific superpower or dream type is associated with each gummy color.

Prompt #13 Super Challenge:

Write a journal entry from someone who ate gummies containing different superpowers or dreams. Work in the flavor names and descriptions. Detail the experience that followed.

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On Wednesdays We Write – Prompt #12

Prompt #12:

Listen. What do you hear? Describe that sound.

Listen again. What else do you hear? Describe that sound too.

Listen one more time. What new things do you hear that you didn’t notice the first two times you started paying attention to the sounds around you? Describe those things.

You should have a paragraph for each of the sounds you discovered in each round of listening. Some sounds you heard because they were loudest. Others may have come to you when you listened to your surroundings at a deeper level.

The sounds may be constant, or they may be–quickly or slowly–passing through your environment.

Look back at your descriptions. Pull the sounds together into one paragraph, situating them in your surroundings.

Prompt #12 Challenge:

Take the next step and write what comes out of the auditory setting you have described. Is it a mental landscape? Is it physical? What activity is happening? Set up the scene for what will happen next.

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On Wednesdays We Write – Prompt #11

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Prompt #11:

What are you waiting for? Almost always, we’re waiting for something. What is it you are waiting for? How long have you waited? What has happened during that time? What have you learned? When do you anticipate the wait will be over?

Prompt #11 – Challenge:

Dream about what will happen when the wait is over. Tell that story.

Want others to share your wait? Post your thoughts in the comments.

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On Wednesdays We Write – Prompt #10

Prompt #10:

After ocean storms, the shore is littered with trash and treasures. The global pandemic that began in 2019 was a storm affecting the whole world. As you reflect on the impact of the COVID-19 season, look along the shoreline of your life. What treasures appeared on the sand? What trash did the waves dredge up?

Prompt #10 – Challenge:

Select one treasure or one piece of trash the pandemic deposited on your shoreline. Fully develop that metaphor in either prose or poetry form.

Engage in a writing community. Share your Prompt #10 or Prompt #10-Challenge response in the comments.

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