Free-form Writing Prompt #4

This is the fourth post in a Free-form Writing Frenzy Productivity Experiment.

Each afternoon for a week I’ll post a writing prompt and some simple instructions. The next morning I’ll post a quote that has something to do with the prompt, so you can take a peek at differences or similarities in how someone else relates to the same thing. Some relationships will be predictable or subtle, some off the wall.

Make a mental note now, and again after writing. Ask yourself:

  • Am I productive?
  • Am I encouraged?
  • Am I creative?
  • Am I curious?

The Fourth Prompt

This prompt is a famous piece of art and a question. Write about either, both, or whatever comes to you after clicking “Reveal Writing Prompt.”


  1. Be ready to write, word processor open, or pad and pencil in hand. Set a timer for five minutes.
  2. Clear your mind.
  3. Click “Reveal Writing Prompt” below, and look at the prompt for the space of one deep, quiet breath.
  4. As you start the second breath, clear your mind of expectations.
  5. Write, full on, whatever comes to you, related to the prompt or not, for five minutes. Do not stop to correct anything – just go.
  6. When the time is up, you have to stop.
  7. Get up and wiggle. Yes, that’s what I said. Move. Laugh. Growl. Pat self on back.

You’re welcome to leave comments about the experience and anything that comes of it, including links, but please don’t paste in your entire prompt-generated exercise. What you’ve got right now is a personal thing. What happens next is up to you.

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6 Responses to “Free-form Writing Prompt #4”

  1. Daisy Says:

    Good timing: I just spent the day rallying for school funding reform. I’m motivated, but are other teachers motivated enough to lobby for true change?

  2. Elizabeth Able Says:

    🙂 I saw your tweet about it.

    You do what you can do, and then you have a life.

    When my daughter was little, I dragged her along to letter-writing meetings and rallies, and whenever I voted she got to wear the “I voted” sticker. At times she was gorgeously bored, as only small children and teenagers can be bored.

    This last presidential election was the first in which she was eligible to vote. We did not even check in about if she’d registered to vote – not my job, now that she’s an adult, but you can bet I was hoping she would! She called me after voting, ecstatic, and told me about taking part. I was one, proud mama.

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  4. Sheila Finkelstein Says:

    I found this prompt very interesting combined with the photo of Munch’s THE SCREAM. It was the antithesis, for me, of being motivated. Brought up shutting my ears to drown out all the noises of all the things I “should” be motivated to do!


  5. Elizabeth Able Says:

    Thanks, Sheila. Ironically, this post was a wake-up call for me.

    I knew I was going to juxtapose Emerson’s Cherokee letter and The Scream. I did not know much dredging was on the docket when writing my own polished response. And I LOVE that post. Big love. 🙂 And I’m grateful to Emerson and Munch for this opportunity.

    When I write about a quote, I hope my response broadens it for others. Still, it’s just my response and is meant as such. My life may have no connection to your response or your life. But, once in a while when I post a quote it’s as if I *must* put up more than the quote to do justice to it… or to offer another bridge between the quote and who may be reading it.

    I don’t want to tell people what to think about anything I’ve quoted. Sometimes I’ll even post things that make me uncomfortable, because they make me think. If it works for me, it might work for others!

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