Toy

PROMPT: Did you ever have a toy that scared you? Write about that. Don’t try to make it interesting. Don’t try to be truthful. Just move your pen. 6 minutes (Inspired by Lynda Barry’s What It Is.)

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Win

PROMPT: Write the easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions for How to Win an Argument with a Teenager. 6 minutes

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Just

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

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Start

PROMPT: Write the easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions for “How to Start your Own Cult.” 6 minutes

 

Searched

PROMPT: Launch from the sentence-starter, “I have searched for…,” and keep your pen moving for 6 minutes.

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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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