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Writing Prompts: Broken Times

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(c) 12 Nov 2013 Windy Johansen

Write something that incorporates this incomplete poem.

broken times
but we still have all the right pieces
corrosive times
but we are still worthwhile people
broken times
but we are still moving, rebuilding
and we are still working, working
broken times

Use either the actual words, or if you like, write about these rebuilders. What pieces do they have? How much do they have to rebuild (bridge, city, country, civilization, or world)? How did they keep hope alive? Is this part of a speech a leader is giving?

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Writing Prompts: Post-Apocalyptic Utopia

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(c) 12 Nov 2013 Windy Johansen

There’s been an apocalyptic event. Nearly everything’s wrecked. Write about a utopian society there. How did they manage to make utopia possible when dystopia would have been easier?

Some thoughts:

For reference, a lot of the stories told as part of the Star Trek universe center on just such a society. People do argue that the Federation is actually more dystopian than it first appears, but to me, it has several compelling utopian elements irrespective of the possibility of co-existing dystopian elements.

Trying times can pull people apart, but has often brought people together. Think of how people come together in a crisis. They don’t look at one another as strangers; they see fellow beings in trouble and they care about and for one another.

Quite the fertile ground for the seeds of utopia. :)

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Writing Prompts: The Perfect Time (to Start Again)

the perfect time (to start again)

(c) 10 Dec 2013 Windy Johansen

This time’s phrase is: the perfect time (to start again)

My creative writing often has these ideas of redemption and triumph as central themes; even if such ideas aren’t central, they’re typically woven through a work. I’ve had to start over so many times.

ANd as much tragedy as there can be in the things that make us start over, there’s often hope. Hope that this time will bring us closer to the best people we can be.

I think these moments give us the chance to be our own people. I think they also remind us of how delicate things in life can be…how delicate our own fellow beings are. I think these times of picking up the piece teach us to be kinder to the next person who goes through their own set of awful things.

I think that it makes our dreams and hopes capable of becoming far more rich and alive than they could be otherwise.

And at the same time, I really hate blazing through piles of tissues because I cried approximately 500 times today. But those things, those awesome things that grow out of this…brokenness…they’re grand. (And piles of dirty tissue is a small price to pay for that.)

I see this picture in my mind of dirt or soil broken into little jagged dry pieces. Those pieces are glass sharp enough to hurt you. The ground is rocky now; no water will ever make it produce life again. You’re sure it can’t.

You walk around a bit, picking past large shards. You stumble, fall, and dust yourself off. Ow. Owowow.

And then you see it…there’s this little plant growing a few inches from your toes. Somehow, life is still here.

You fell over that spot not long ago. Your blood must have given that seed just enough water to grow. You’re sure that has to be it. Otherwise that’d be a miracle.

Do miracles happen? N-no…Um..

The plant just continues to be there. It’s a bright green, with softly rounded leaves.

Do miracles happen?

And in that little plant..inside you, is this new promise: Tomorrow may not give you any rain, and the glass might hurt you, but there will always be bright things somewhere.

Unexpected life is extraordinary stuff. And as you look around, you spy other plants, even in places you haven’t been to.

Wow. The broken ground gave these little seeds room to sprout.

An embryonic forest of miraculous origin.

It’s the perfect time to start again.
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How do you feel about these things?

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Writing Prompt: Space is HUGE (and Gloriously Awesome)

space is huge (and gloriously awesome)

(c) 3 Dec 2013 Windy Johansen

The phrase this time is: space is huge (and gloriously awesome).

Our society is often enthralled by the wonder of space. So many possibilities. So many things to explore.

I see God in this vastness. Divine beauty has been placed in front of me, and all I can do is be thankful.

What do you see?

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