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Bonus Unexpected Sabbatical: March 26

“Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.” ~Søren Kierkegaard

There are so many dizzying moments in life, times (like now) when we feel that we’ve been knocked off our equilibrium. I tend to find, looking back on those times with distance and perspective, that they were also moments of grace when I softened, opened, grew. A great book to read (or re-read) by the way, is Pema Chodron’s When Things Fall Apart. She speaks of these moments of grace like particles up in the air, still weightless, still defying gravity. Eventually they will return to the ground, and eventually we will be “grounded” again, but sometimes in the dizziness is where we find breakthrough.

Therefore, today’s prompt is:

Write a story using only one sentence.

Any other punctuation fine as long as there is only one official period.

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In love and solidarity!

xoxo

Kathy fish, Writing Prompts & Craft Articles

Bonus Unexpected Sabbatical: March 25

I hope you are enjoying our daily prompts! But today my friends I want you to know this: It’s okay to press pause if you need to.

You don’t have to write every single day. Maybe you read somewhere that that is what “real writers” or “successful writers” do. Nonsense. Down time has its value too. And times are challenging enough right now. Don’t put that burden on yourself. If you’re feeling creative, go for it! But if you’re feeling scattered, used up, exhausted, stressed, numb, it’s okay to simply rest and recharge. In fact, it’s more than okay. It’s good for you. 

All over the world, there is evidence that our beautiful planet is responding favorably to the decrease in human activity. If the earth can take a breath, certainly you and I can.

Your “prompt” for today then is to hit the pause button, if only for 15 minutes. Breathe. Close your eyes. Turn off the news. Let these 15 minutes of your life go unrecorded, un-Instagrammed, un-Tweeted. When you are rested and ready, I promise you, the page or the keyboard will still be there waiting for you. 

Rest and be well, my friends. Here is some beauty for you to enjoy:

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Bonus Unexpected Sabbatical: March 24

I love satire. Satire is truly able to “say” so many of the things that are too painful/blunt/raw to say straight. And I love The Onion. For more than 20 years, The Onion has been saying it with more truth, somehow, than anyone. And I love to laugh. Headlines I laughed at in The Onion today include:

“Defiant 123-Year-Old Not Going to Let Coronavirus Stop Him From Hanging Out With Friends”

“Parents Don’t Remember Enough Colors to Help With Kindergartner’s Homework.”

“Trump Quietly Checks With Aides to Make Sure He’d Be Included In Receiving $1,000 Checks.”

“Frustrated Dog Has No Time To Jerk Off Now That Owner Home All Day”

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Now it’s your turn.

Write a satirical news article, the kind that could be published in The Onion.

Have fun and laugh hard today, friends!

xoxo

Kathy fish, Writing Prompts & Craft Articles

Bonus Unexpected Sabbatical: March 23

Same Song, Three Verses

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Today, I invite you to embrace some playfulness and boldness in your flash. Your prompt:

Write the same ONE paragraph story THREE TIMES. Keep repeating the same elements, but change something in each version that takes the story in a new direction. See how this changes the overall arc from the first to the last story. See how you can create a sense of movement and rising tension simply by moving things around. Do not be afraid to get a bit strange or surreal in this. Keep subverting the reader’s expectations.

An example is my own “Three Likely Stories” which was published in The Forge Literary Magazine.

If you need a nudge, here are some words/images you might incorporate:

Stevie Nicks!

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thunderstorm

an extra dry martini

basketball

“I make my own rules.”

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Nancy Stohlman, Uncategorized, Writing Prompts & Craft Articles

Bonus Unexpected Sabbatical: March 22

I received this very evocative “then and now” picture from the president of CU Boulder yesterday: This is the Old Main Building in 1918 and now:

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Which got me thinking about history, and how our story will be told 100 years from now. Let’s not forget that history is always written by the victors. So today, let’s do a little more time traveling, but this time:

Rewrite a scene from history.

In solidarity and love.

xoxo