Writing Prompt Change

You’re welcome to leave comments about the experience and anything that comes of it, including links or even your entire prompt-generated exercise. However, please don’t look at anyone’s comments until after finishing your own writing. What you’re doing right now is a personal thing.

What’s different? As of today, instead of “but please don’t paste in your entire prompt-generated exercise,” I’m encouraging participants to share their “entire prompt-generated exercise.”

Why didn’t I encourage readers to post their responses in the first place? Free writing is so much more potent when it comes straight from the person to the page. Check in too much with what everyone else is doing and insecurity and conformity begin to be louder than individuality, get too picky about if a prompt has special meaning and procrastination begins to have power – either practice can cut the freeing ability of stream-of-consciousness off at the knees. Trusting whatever happens when dredging deeply and honestly builds self-acceptance and bravery – both are essential for creativity.

Free writing is about jumping in the pool and trusting the ride. For some of us, posting the results is part of that ride.

I’m
trusting
you.

…………………..

For comparison, here’s the old version:

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.

What happens next is still up to you. 😉

Are you looking for the quote that relates to today’s prompt? I’m taking a personal day, and still owe you a new quote. It will be up within a few hours.

Want a hint? Today was Amy Tan’s birthday.

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