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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Held

PROMPT: Write about a time you held your breath. keep your pen moving for 6 minutes. (From Kicking in the Wall: A Year of Writing Exercises, Prompts, and Quotes to Help You Break Through Your Blocks and Reach Your Writing Goals, by Barbara Abercrombie)

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As always, you’re encouraged to post your unedited response(s) to the prompt in the comments section of this post. By doing so, you stand up for this important, but oft-neglected, wild and wooly part of the creative process.