Writing Prompts

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Make a quick list of everything that gets in the way of your writing. Then pull out a clean sheet of paper and begin again, with the words, “In order to write, I must . . . ”.

Obstacles to Writing

“The world of imagination in which the writer must live is constantly being invaded by the enemy, the mundane world.” —Margaret Walker Make a quick list of everything that gets in the way of your writing. Then pull out a clean sheet of paper and begin again, with the words, “In order to write, I […]

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Can you make a case for a positive addiction? Have you ever replaced one addiction for another?

A Positive Addiction

“When you become addicted to what frees you instead of to what keeps you unhappy, your life changes.” — Nina Wise Can you make a case for a positive addiction, as Nina does? Have you ever replaced one addiction for another? If so, tell us about it.

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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?

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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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