My friend Jennifer LoveGrove had a dream in which we were visiting our friend Kate's house when she wasn't home, and we accidentally let Kate's horse loose and couldn’t get it back.
In the dream, I was very worried that the horse would get hit by a train—exactly the kind of thing I would worry about in real life.
This visual and dramatic dream gave me an idea for a writing prompt. I'm warning you though—you’re not going to like it!
Write a story or poem in which a horse gets hit by a train. Include as many sensory details as you can. Your story or poem can take place at any point—before, during, or after the event.
I know this sounds like a mean prompt, but getting used to writing about things that make us uncomfortable is good practice. Often it's the I-don't-want-to-go-there writing that is the most impactful for a reader.
Many new writers steer clear of writing about tense, painful, or conflict-driven events. This is a prompt that throws you in the middle of a horrible, high stakes, dramatic situation.
If you absolutely can’t write about a horse getting hit by a train then try the bonus prompt.
Write a story or poem in which you lose the pet of someone you care about or destroy something that is meaningful to someone else.
What happens? Do you tell that person? Do you hide it? Does the guilt eat away at you? Is the friendship destroyed? Are you forgiven? Do you forgive yourself?
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