Writing Prompt: The Hardest Word

My relationship with someone close to me is damaged, hopefully not permanently, but it’s going to be hard to fix. Have you ever wanted to repair some damage with someone even when you believe they’re partly in the wrong? Sometimes we say hurtful things to deflect from the fact that we’re the ones acting like jerks. How do you put things right? Never under estimate the power of a well written letter. I might try that.

I think at one point or another we all get it wrong and need to re-build a bridge. Sometimes we gloss over the apology or avoid it all together. Think back. Have you ever said or done anything to someone you wanted to take back?

Write an apology. Write what you really feel, then put it aside. How do you feel for having committed it to paper? I’m not saying you have to give it to anyone, this is something for you. Have a go, see where it takes you.

Writing Prompt: The Listener

You have to write through everything. There are times when life throws you a curve ball and you want to give up, throw your pen in the bin and say “What’s the point?”. Sometimes it’s tempting to sulk and feel sorry for yourself or to try to defer your writing to days when you’re feeling better, more inspired. You can’t. Through sadness or joy, thrilled or heart broken, you have to press on and write. It’s a way of living life twice, once in the heart and once in the head.

Funny, it’s when I feel the most desperate and isolated that I force myself to the desk. The journal always listens, it’s never too busy, doesn’t argue, doesn’t judge or reject you. It’s just there, with its smooth pages and narrow lines waiting to be visited, to be filled up with the wanderings of your heart.

Try this. Sit down, right now and write for ten minutes about how you feel. Are you in a good mood, bad mood, sad, relaxed…In short, try to record how you’re feeling at that moment. Write freehand, don’t edit.

Writing Prompt: The Listener

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