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What’s the big deal, anyway, about the writing prompts that makes me want to run? Just so I don’t keep you wondering, day #7 looks like this:

Today’s Journal Prompts

I’ve been quietly courageous…

I see quiet courage in action…

I’ve learned about trying again tomorrow…

Courage is whispering to me right now…

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How does your struggle to be seen show up? How does it impact your creative work?

No big deal, really…a little goofy with the “courage is whispering to me…” but not too weird. Yet I want to give smart-ass, snarky, one-word responses to each suggestion. I have nothing to hide, but it feels like a stretch to make these ideas fit around my experiences. I get aggravated just thinking about it. Time to move on. At least until my attitude improves!

I pulled a book off the shelf: What If? Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers by Anne Bernays and Pamela Painter. I bought it several years ago, with the intention of working my way through it, chapter by chapter. I did one blog about the first chapter, First Lines, then closed it, put it back on the shelf and never looked at it again until today.

I don’t remember being resentful or mad about it, like I’ve become over the 30-day Creative Fire journal. I just quit. There is a strong possibility that I am just a quitter when it comes to goals I set for myself. I could make quite a list of examples, if I’m ever called upon to do it!

Anyway, paging through the writing exercises in this book, I came across several that grabbed my attention. They don’t seem to have an answer in mind, but rather just suggest a topic, very open-ended, and say “write for twenty minutes on it” or “fill one page.” It seems like a pretty good book: I might give it a try.

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