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!...

Tell Me Something New

A friend who teaches writing, Esther Cohen, wrote this beautiful writing prompts poem.  She writes poems each day that can be found at: esthercohen.com

See if you can answer her questions in your own writing.

Prompts

By Esther Cohen

Tell me something

you’ve never said before,

or that you’ve said in a way

that was only half true.

This time, three quarters.

Tell me the name

you wish you had.

Tell me who you love.

Of course it can be more

than one person.

You don’t have to tell me why.

Tell me a dream,

and what you would do if you could,

and what you’d like to tell

a stranger, and what color

is your real color and what you think

about getting old, and getting young,

and where you would go tomorrow

if you could, and a word or two that always sings.

What’s Under the Mask You Wear?

Some people say we all wear masks of one sort or another to guard and protect our inner selves.   The mask may be a real, physical one, or it may simply be having a smile, or smirk, on our face all the time, or maintaining a sad or troubled look.  The mask may separate us from the person we try to show to the world from the person we really feel is the one inside us, the true one.  What masks do you wear in life?  What kind of person is the one under the mask? Which mask would you like to try on?

You can write your response in any form you wish, as a short answer, an essay, or as a poem or haiku.  You can even wear a mask as you write!

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