Death on My Shoulder

“Living a self-conscious life, under the pressure of time, I work with the consciousness of death at my shoulder, not constantly, but often enough to leave a mark upon all of my life’s decisions and actions. And it does not matter whether this death comes next week or thirty years from now; this consciousness gives …

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Blind Spot

“To see what is in front of one’s nose requires a constant struggle.” –George Orwell Tell me about a time you couldn’t see something that was happening in your life—that everyone around you could see—but was a blind spot for you.

The Benefit of Being a Fool

“Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself.” –Charlie Chaplin Tell me about a time you were willing to make a fool of yourself—to take a risk where you knew you could fall flat on your face. Tell us the story of the risk and what happened after.

Let the Rain Pour Down

“Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader – not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.” –E.L. Doctorow Write a piece that takes place in the rain. Make the rain a crucial component of the story.

Does Suffering Lead to Creativity?

“The artist is extremely lucky who is presented with the worst possible ordeal which will not actually kill him. At that point, he’s in business.” –John Berryman What do you think of Berryman’s idea? If you’ve experienced trauma in your life, do you think it’s fueled your creativity? Has it given you important material for …

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