Pennies

PROMPT

Step One: Make a list –  Things I Gave Away. I’m thinking of material things – my favorite sweater to a girl I wanted to be friends with, a jar of pennies to my nephew, a bag of pants that no longer fit to the Goodwill – but feel free to include the intangibles, should they assert themselves. Don’t plan. Don’t be clever. Just keep your pen moving. Go for quantity, not quality. (4 minutes or more.)

Step Two: Is there anything on the list that you feel nostalgic toward, that you wish you’d kept, that you are relieved to be free of? Choose something from the list and write about it. Don’t try to write “a piece.” Just get curious and see where it takes you. (6 minutes or more)

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Last

PROMPT: Launch from the sentence-starter, “The last time I saw you…,” and keep your pen moving for 6 minutes.

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Shoes

PROMPT: Write about a pair of shoes that hurt your feet. Too small? Too big? Why did you wear them? Vanity? Necessity? keep your pen moving for 6 minutes.

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Patient

PROMPT: Launch from the sentence-starter, “If I’m very patient…,” and keep your pen moving for 6 minutes.

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Mustaches

PROMPT: Everything I know about MUSTACHES. Don’t worry about being interesting or coherent. 6 minutes.

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Ready

PROMPT: Launch from the sentence-starter, “I wasn’t ready…,” and keep your pen moving for 6 minutes.

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Embarrassed

PROMPT: Launch from the sentence-starter, “When I’m embarrassed…,” and keep your pen moving for 6 minutes.

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