Job

PROMPT: Write about a dirty job you had to do. Keep your pen moving for 6 minutes.

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Risk

PROMPT: Launch from the sentence-starter, “At the risk of sounding passionate…” (From What It Is, by lynda Barry) and keep your pen moving for 6 minutes.

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Help

PROMPT: Write about a time you had to accept help. Keep your pen moving for 6 minutes.

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Young

PROMPT: Write the easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions for How to Make Someone Feel Young. 6 minutes

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.

Neighbors

PROMPT: Everything I know about MY NEIGHBORS. Don’t worry about being interesting or creative. Don’t try to get it right. 6 minutes.

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Happy

PROMPT: Write the easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions for How to Make Everyone Happy at Thanksgiving. 6 minutes

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.

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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