Writing Prompts

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A Warm and Tender Hand

“When we honestly ask ourselves which people in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand.” —Henri Nouwen Tell me about a time this

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Risking the Unknown

“Any real change implies the breakup of the world as one has always known it, the loss of all that gave one identity, and the end of safety. It is only when one is able, without bitterness or self-pity, to surrender a dream one has long cherished, or a privilege one has long possessed, that

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Slowing Down

“There’s still something to be said, when you want to really understand something, for slowing way down.” —Luke Dittrich, “Walking the Border,” from Esquire Tell me about the benefits of slowing down in your life—and the obstacles you face to do so.

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Your Bucket List

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” —Mary Oliver This seemed like a good New Year’s prompt: Make a bucket list of things you want to do before you die. When you’re done, go back and rank them in order of importance.

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Holiday Memories

“Christmas is not an external event at all, but a piece of one’s home that one carries in one’s heart.” —Freya Stark Tell us a specific story that reflects the essence of your holiday experience as a child—regardless of your religion or background. Avoid sentimentality or stories that gloss over your real felt experience. Use

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Beautiful Things

“Beautiful things are vanishing each day. There has never been a more crucial time to believe your creativity and your gifts. Trust me when I say that art creates hope, it connects, it heals. So please—write the damn book. Paint the picture. Take the trip. Stay inspired, stay hungry. Put your work into the world,

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A Choice That Changed My Life

“Life is like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you represents determinism; the way you play it is free will.” –Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first prime minister Tell us the story of a time that you changed the course you might have followed because you made a choice, a decision, an act of

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Holding On

“We give thanks for the invention of the handle. Without it there would be many things we couldn’t hold on to. As for the things we can’t hold on to anyway, let us gracefully accept their ungraspable nature and celebrate all things elusive, fleeting, and intangible. They mystify us and make us receptive to truth

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The Gifts I Have to Offer

“Every single day, I get emails from aspiring writers asking my advice about how to become a writer, and here is the only advice I can give: Don’t make stuff because you want to make money — it will never make you enough money. And don’t make stuff because you want to get famous —

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Manifesting My Creative Vision

“Every creator painfully experiences the chasm between his inner vision and its ultimate expression.” —Isaac Bashevis Singer Tell me how you get past the disappointment when you don’t yet have the skills to manifest your creative vision. Or a time you gave up because you weren’t good enough to actualize the thing you wanted to

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Letting Go

“To live in this world you must be able to do three things: to love what is mortal; to hold it against your bones knowing your own life depends on it; and, when the times comes to let it go, to let it go.” —Mary Oliver Tell me about a time this was true in your

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