Words for describing a state less than full-out anger:
Every work of literature has both a situation and a story. The situation is the context or circumstance, sometimes the plot; the story is the emotional experience that preoccupies the writer: the insight, the wisdom, the thing one has come to say.
—Vivian Gornick, The Situation and the Story, the Art of Personal Narrative
Here is what I want you to know: It’s OK to be alone.
Answer the following questions and then write about the creature that emerge from that exercise.
Forget Disney. You are making a mermaid or a siren. What type of mermaid is it? Are they pretty? Are they weird? How big are they? What color/s? Do they speak.
Sirens: what does their song sound like? What do they say? How do they capture you? What do they do once they capture you? Can they communicate with humans?
Let yourself go. Have fun!
I was going to read the news today, but I didn’t get a paper. Can you tell me what happened?
(Feel free to fictionalize this one, or not. Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction!)
Once you grow past Mommy and Daddy coming running when you’re hurt, you’re really on your own. You’re alone and there’s no one to help you.
—Octavia E. Butler, author of Kindred
No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.
Write a vignette about a healthcare worker who is fed up with sick people. It can be funny or dark or even heartwarming. In fact, you could try all three. Have fun!
This is how it always begins.
I knew he knew I was there. I saw him see me out of the corner of his eye.