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!...

Here’s A Great Opening Line — Now Use It to Write A Story, or Poem, or Essay

”None of them knew the color of the sky.”

This is the opening line from the novel, ”The Open Boat,” by Stephen Crane.  Now, take this line as the opening of your writing for today and build a story with it. Use the line as the opening one for your story or poem or essay. Think about not knowing the color of the sky. What would that be like not to know the color of sky?   Are the people blind?  Are they underground? Are they hidden someplace?  What should follow the opening line?

The idea for this writing prompt comes from Kim Stafford from his article in Teachers & Writers Magazine at: http://teachersandwritersmagazine.org/the-backward-prompt-using-great-first-lines-from-literature-to-invent-your-own-way-forward-3291.htm

To Whom Would You Give Your Heart Beats?

Someone I know told me that each of us is allotted only a certain number of heart beats in life and that when they are used up, our life is over.   I’m not sure he’s right about this, but I asked myself whom would I want to give some of my heart beats so that they could live longer.  Whom do I love so much that I would give part of my allotted life?

I ask you the same question: to whom would you give some of your heart beats?  Why that person or being?

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