Writing Prompt, 11.18.08

18 11 2008

Having a hard time figuring out what your 500 words will be about today? Here’s some help from Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within by Natalie Goldberg (no copyright infringement intended):

Begin with “I remember”. Write lots of small memories. If you fall into one large memory, write that. Just keep going. Don’t be concerned if the memory happened five seconds ago or five years ago. Everything that isn’t this moment is memory coming alive again as you write it. If you get stuck, just repeat the phrase “I remember” again and keep going.

I did this exercise a few years ago during some downtime I had while running an interview day for new teachers. My “I remember” turned up something about doing homework under the Christmas tree when I was a kid. I’m not sure if it was the colorful lights or the smell of pine, but sitting under that tree definitely made my math homework easier to bear.

What’s your “I remember”?





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