Writers usually are deep thinkers and often write in their heads as they go about their day. I’m always looking for writing prompts to inspire writing.
Women Food and God by Geneen Roth is filled with practical tips for life as well as inspiration to get the stuff in your head onto paper, where you can reflect and find answers to difficult life situations. You can use the ideas in this book as writing prompts.
Excerpts from Women Food and God and writing prompts:
“Stephen Levine, a Buddhist teacher, says that hell is wanting to be somewhere different from where you are. Being in one place and wanting to be somewhere else. Being constantly agitated—another word for nonaccepting—about the inevitable. Being in a relationship with someone and refusing to surrender to the low because you don’t want to give yourself to something you will eventually lose.
That’s called living in hell: refusing to love because you want the endgame to be different than it is. Wanting life to be different from what it is.
That’s also called leaving without leaving. Dying before you die. It’s as if there is a part of you that so rails against being shattered by love that you shatter yourself first. Another name for this pattern? Obsession.”
Prompt: Write about obsession.
“The path from obsession to feelings to presence is not about healing our ‘wounded children’ or feeling every bit of rage or grief we never felt so that we can be successful, thin, and happy. We are not trying to put ourselves together. We are taking who we think we are apart. We feel the feelings not so that we can blame our parents for not saying, ‘Oh darling,’ not so that we can hit pillows and express our anger to everyone we’ve never confronted, but because unmet feelings obscure our ability to know ourselves. As long as we take ourselves to be the child who was hurt by an unconscious parent, we will never grow up. We will never know who we actually are. We will keep looking for the parent who never showed up and forget to see that the one who is looking is no longer a child.”
Prompt: Write about a wound.