Writing Prompt: Someone Else’s Shoes

Think of a loved one in your life who is going through a difficult time. Now close your eyes, and imagine that person’s favorite shoes. What do they look like? Feel like?

You put the shoes on, and as soon as you do, you transform into that person. You are now in their life, facing their struggles. You look in the mirror and see their face, not yours. You feel their aches and pains, think their thoughts, see the world through their lens. In what ways did your identity change? Your beliefs? Your passions? Your needs? Your past?

Now remove the shoes and write about your experience. What was it like? What did you learn about yourself and your loved one? How can you better empathize and support your loved one in their time of need?

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Writing Prompt: Inspiring Art

Reflect on art galleries or art festivals you’ve visited in your lifetime. Is there a particular piece of art that resonated deeply with you? Close your eyes and recall the experience. Then write about that work of art, describing the colors, the textures, the mood, and the subject matter, and how it inspired you. How does this piece of art make you feel? What does it inspire you to do?

Writing Prompt: The Big Lie

Your character has a big lie that he or she believes and has built life around that lie. What is your character’s big lie? Why is your character afraid of accepting the truth about himself or herself? How would embracing the truth change your character’s circumstances?

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Writing Prompt: The New Friend

Today your character meets a new friend who will have a significant impact on his or her life. Who is the new friend? How do they meet? Describe the setting. What are the sights, sounds, and smells? Is the impact this new friend has on your character’s life a positive or negative one? What will the result be? In what aspects will your character’s life change? What would your character’s life be like if they did not meet?

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Writing Prompt: Daydreaming at the Doctor’s Office

Your character is sitting in the waiting room of a doctor’s office, lost in a daydream. What is your character daydreaming about? Why is your character going to the doctor? How is your character feeling? Describe your character in this scenario using all five senses.

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