Beautiful Beginnings: Writing Prompt
NEW BEGINNINGS ARE OFTEN DISGUISED AS PAINFUL ENDINGS--LAO TZU
Although it has officially been spring for weeks, it has only felt like spring in the past few days here in my part of the world. Spring is all about new beginnings, rebirth, growth, etc., and we will consider that in this week's prompt, but we are going to add more to this. After all, starting over requires a WHAT, as in "starting over from _______."
Think back to something that ended painfully. A relationship, a job, a specific college semester, good health, a particular event, etc.--something (or someone) that was in your life and when it was no longer there, you were traumatized in some way.
Now you should look at the questions below and free write your answers.
How did you get over that painful episode? Or did you? If you are still in pain, what do you think needs to happen for you to heal?
When you think about that period in your life, do you focus on the pain or getting over the pain?
Where were you physically when this painful event took place?
Did this ending lead to a new beginning? In what way?
Is there a marked difference in who you were before and after this event?
Why does this event stay with you? Or why doesn't it?
After writing for a while, pull whatever you like from the free writing and create your poem, story, essay, etc. Today's poem speaks to these ideas, so read that if you haven't yet.
If you would like to add to this prompt with a bit more of a challenge, try to work at least one of these spring-related things into your writing:
Have fun! Enjoy whatever weather is happening in your area!