Writing Prompts

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Writing Prompt: Tell me about a time loss led to an opening or awareness you didn't have before.

Loss

“When someone is struck by loss, there’s an openness to that which is beyond this world. When you really feel loss, when the ground is shaken, the veil thins and there is more access to the timeless, the eternal.” —Tara Brach Tell me about a time loss led to an opening or awareness you didn’t

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Writing Prompt: Identify a story you have told repeatedly that keeps you locked into an identity you no longer want to define you.

Giving Up the Story

“The past has no power to stop you from being present now. Only your grievance about the past can do that.” —Eckhart Tolle Identify a story you have told repeatedly that keeps you locked into an identity you no longer want to define you.

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Writing Prompt: Identify a story you have told repeatedly that keeps you locked into an identity you no longer want to define you.

Five Proudest Moments

“I don’t fully understand my life until I write it.” —Robert Frost Think back through your life and think about what you are most proud of. The items on your list could be things you accomplished “out in the world” or things that happened internally. Knowing who you are and where you’ve come from, what

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Writing Prompt: Tell me about your loneliness. Tell me about all the different kinds of loneliness you have known.

The Many Flavors of Loneliness

“There’s this moment in creation, when you’ve made something truly special, where you become euphoric. And then, utterly lonely.” —John Mayer Tell me about your loneliness. Tell me about all the different kinds of loneliness you have known. Begin each paragraph with the words, “There is the kind of loneliness that…”. Make each paragraph a

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