Writing Prompt: Family Member

I was on the train last night talking to some friends and we got on the subject of what we were going to do for Christmas. We told each other where we would be and which family members we would be hanging around with over the holidays and I began to describe my nieces and... Continue Reading →

Writing Prompt:The Hardest Word

Apparently, the word most people find hardest to say to someone is "NO". I'm not sure I agree with this, but it's an interesting idea. Personally, there are about a dozen words I find harder. I find telling someone they're wrong harder than refusing them something. If you had to pick one word that you... Continue Reading →

Writing Prompt: In what order?

It's interesting to see how people make decisions. I just had a conversation with someone and they asked me the following question... "Imagine a scenario where you are in the house alone. The following things occur at the same time: Someone starts pounding at the door. The phone rings You realise the tap is running... Continue Reading →

Memoir: Mom and Grace

  It started at around 2am. I had already been asleep for several hours when she came into my room to wake me. Tugging gently at my warm wool blanket, she bounced lightly on the bed while I struggled to understand what she was saying. No matter how often it happened, I was always startled.... Continue Reading →

Writing Prompt: Flat Battery

This one is about speed and urgency. Try this. Imagine it is your last remaining minutes on earth, your laptop battery is about to die and you have 10 minutes with which to say your final words. What would you want people to find? What do you want to leave behind? We talk and talk... Continue Reading →

Writing Prompt: The Empty Office

You're sat at your desk in an open plan office. Your colleagues are gone. The cleaners have mopped the floors and loaded the dishwasher. It's raining outside. You're surfing the net trying to motivate yourself to get finished with your work so you can go home, but you can't face the walk in the weather.... Continue Reading →

Writing Prompt: Sick Puppy

For the past four days I have scarcely left my room. I've been dropping weight and although I'm liking the way my clothes are fitting a bit better, I don't like the general lack of energy or inspiration beyond channel surfing and petting my cat. So, when you're feeling under the weather and a bit... Continue Reading →

Writing Prompt: A Brief History

Have you ever tired to jot down a your autobiography? How far back can you remember? This exercise is simple. Write out a list of all the major events in your life.  Try to add a timeline to these wherever possible. For instance: Got 100% on first science exam - age 11, had first crush,... Continue Reading →

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