Writing Prompt – November 7, 2009

QuoteSnack offers a daily quote, attributed and linked to a confirmed, published source. In addition, each afternoon of every odd-numbered day 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 using the same words.

There is no wrong approach. Don’t worry if something seems to be a lot more emotionally charged than it is on the surface, or if some prompts are duds for you. This is a mind-opening exercise; anything is possible.

The 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, 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. 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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2 Responses to “Writing Prompt – November 7, 2009”

  1. Eric Matas Says:

    Awesome — can you do this every week? Please!

    I “make” my students freewrite, and it helps to have a different/techy way to get them writing.

  2. E. A. Able Says:

    I’m glad you like it!
    I post a prompt like this every other afternoon, on all odd numbered days.

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