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Listen. Watch. See. Prompt #683

“She turns off her flashlight and listens to the waves, which sound to her like the earth itself breathing.” —“love anthony,” by Lisa Genova, pg. 246 “As ocean surface waves approach shore, they get taller and break, forming the foamy, bubbly surface called surf.” —Google Search Writing Prompt: Image of waves lapping on shore or the quotes. What popped into your mind when you saw this image? Or, what did you think after you read the first quote? Your reaction after you read the second quote. How do you feel when you see and hear waves on the beach? Write whatever you want. Just Write!

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Ghosts . . . Prompt #678

When you are writing and you have more time to write, but you feel ready to stop . . . try to keep going. Push the limits. Push past the urge to go no farther. Writing Prompt: Play with the word and the concept of “ghost.” Writing Prompts Seeing a ghost. Have you ever seen, or thought you saw, a ghost? Ghost of a former self Not a ghost of a chance Ghost of a smile Give up the ghost Caspar, The Friendly Ghost Relationship (past or present) as a ghost Rituals as ghosts Look in a mirror and “see a ghost” . . . see grandmother or grandfather Ghost writing Ghost town Ghosting someone: to cut off all contact abruptly and without explanation, pretending that person doesn’t exist. Writing Prompt: Ghost Submit your ghost story to The Ghost Story.

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What No Longer Serves You . . . Prompt #675

“The Mask Self is that part of ourselves that we dare to present to the world. It is a way of being that we have put together, frequently in a rather haphazard way, and often through the trials and errors of our lives. For the most part, the Mask Self protects us from having to look more closely at the dream figures that lie behind it. It protects the more vulnerable creatures of our inner world. As we struggle with our masks, there are often many different layers to be peeled away. In the meantime, life becomes a melodrama, a soap opera, as we find ourselves drawn to this person or that, all in an effort to make our lives work and still hold onto our masks.” — Hal Zina Bennet, “Write From the Heart” Visualization Before the writing prompt, please enjoy this visualization. Imagine you are in the mountains…

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Talent . . . Prompt #674

What talent would you like to have? Or, what talent do you have that you are proud of? Dubbed “America’s Funniest Cowgirl,” Karen Quest has been blazing a trail since 1998 with her one-woman award-winning original comedy act, Cowgirl Tricks. Skillful trick roping, impressive whip cracking, outstanding audience rapport and improvisational kooky cowgirl shenanigans have proven wildly popular at venues for audiences of all ages. Karen’s talents include juggling, clowning, acrobatics, fire-eating, unicycling, and stunt work, Your turn: Write about your talents. Or your fictional character’s talents. Just Write!

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What was your role as a child? Prompt #673

From “Write From the Heart” by Hal Zina Bennett During a trip to Disneyland, a priest became fascinated with the costumed figure of Mickey Mouse. Every time Father Sean turned around, there was Mickey Mouse shaking hands with people, talking with kids, keeping everyone’s spirits up. And Father Sean began asking himself, “I wonder who that person is under that costume? What are they like at the end of the day, when they take off their Mickey Mouse suit?” Instead of being who we really can be, we take on masks like the Good Little Girl, or we become the Black Sheep of the Family or the Rebel. Early on, we learn that if we are to be loved and cared for, we’d better buckle under and be what is safe for us to be. Writing Prompts What role did you play as a child? What is your role now?…