Writing My Way to the Answer

“When I write, I always have a question or several questions that I don’t have an answer to.” —Sandra Cisneros Tell me about a question you are trying to answer through your writing. Then explore that question with words.

Tell me about a time fear of making a mistake kept you from moving forward in your life.

The Fear of Making a Mistake

“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.” —Elbert Hubbard Tell me about a time fear of making a mistake kept you from moving forward in your life.

Tell me about a time you found yourself suddenly standing in a new life.

A New Life

“I have a feeling that my boat has struck, down there in the depths, against a great thing. And nothing happens! Nothing . . . . Silence . . . . Waves . . . . Nothing happens? Or has everything happened, and am now standing quietly, in my new life?” —Juan Ramón Jiménez Tell …

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Looking back on your life, have you lived "several lives"? Have you ever re-invented yourself?

Re-Inventing Myself

“To live several lives, you have to die several deaths.” —Françoise Giroud Looking back on your life, have you lived “several lives?” Have you ever re-invented yourself? What did you have to let go of in order to do so?

Tell me about a time you experienced "the breakup of the world as one has always known it"--or you witnessed someone else having this experience.

Real Change

“Any real change implies the breakup of the world as one has always known it, the loss of all that gave one an identity, the end of safety.” —James Baldwin Tell me about a time you experienced this in your life—or you witnessed someone else having this experience.

Tell me about a time in your life where you had to let go of all that was familiar to forge a new future.

A Time I Let Go of the Familiar

“One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.” —Andre Gide Tell me about a time in your life where you had to let go of all that was familiar to forge a new future.

Tell me about something that happened on a walk.

Something That Happened on a Walk

“I set out to dispel daily depression. Every afternoon I get low-spirited, and one day I discovered the walk. . . . I set myself a destination, and then things happen in the street.” —Vivian Gornick Tell me about something that happened on a walk.

Tell me about your relationship with libraries. About something that happened in a library.

Libraries

“I am a librarian. I discovered me in the library. I went to find me in the library . . . . I discovered that the library is the real school.” —Ray Bradbury Tell me about your relationship with libraries. About something that happened in a library.

Tell me about how you structure your days.

How I Spend My Days

“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. What we do with this hour, and that one, is what we are doing. A schedule defends from chaos and whim. It is a net for catching days.” —Annie Dillard, The Writing Life Tell me about how you structure your days.

Tell me about a time you grew from your difficulties. Or what your difficulties are teaching you now.

Growing From My Difficulties

“We should not feel embarrassed by our difficulties, only by our failure to grow anything beautiful from them.” —Alain De Botton Tell me about a time you grew from your difficulties. Or what your difficulties are teaching you now.

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