As a writer I know that deep down each of us has stories worth telling. The writing prompts offered here will help you find your own special voice. Read them, let your mind wander freely and listen carefully to the voice within. Then begin writing. Don’t be afraid. Just write what you want to say. Amaze yourself!...

What Would Be Your Last Words?

Three men recently came to the rescue of two young girls, one of them wearing a hijab, who were being shouted at and insulted by a man on a train.  When they intervened, the man harassing the girls pulled a knife and slashed the three men before fleeing. One of the two dying men, Taliesin Namkai-Meche, uttered his last words, saying, ”’I want everybody on the train to know, I love them.”  The third man, Micah Fletcher, who survived the slashing, wrote a poem after in which he said:

I am alive.

I spat in the eye of hate and lived.

This is what we must do for one

another

We must live for one another.

Now, it is your turn: what would be your last words?

Why Are We Always Fighting?

Stanley Green, a photographer whose work in perilous places made him one of the leading war photographers, had this to say about his work covering war:

”The quest is to try to understand why human beings behave the way they do.  The question is, How does this happen? And sometimes, the only way to find out is to go to where it is happening. One day the neighbors are talking to each other over the fence, and the next they are shooting at each other.  Why is it that we don’t consider life precious, and instead we literally let it drip through our fingers?”

How would you answer Mr. Green’s question? Why do we let life slip through our fingers by fighting each other?  What are humans always battling?  How can we bring a stop to this?

The Opening Lines of Your Life Story

Here are the opening lines from Charles Dickens’ wonderful David Copperfield: 
”Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show. To begin my life with the beginning of my life, I record that I was born (as I have been informed and believe) on a Friday, at twelve o’clock at night. It was remarked that the clock began to strike, and I began to cry, simultaneously.”

Now, think a moment: What would be the opening paragraph of your own biography? How would you begin to tell your own story?

Are you, for example, the hero of your own life? Or, is your life shaped by another hero?  Write your first lines so that people will want to read about your precious life. Believe what you have to say is of interest to others.

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