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Writing Challenge: Starting Over

I like the theme of this week’s creative writing challenge, Starting Over, which encourages us to muse freely about beginning again and wiping the slate clean. I appreciate the freedom to be creative and explore different forms. Since I rarely dabble in poetry and freeform writing, I’ll experiment here.

Starting Over: In Fragments

A new pair of shoes.

The first chapter of a book.

A new hardbound journal, waiting to be opened.

A neighborhood walk early in the morning with your loved one.

A haircut exposing the back of your neck for the first time in years.

An egg.

The first rays of the sun peeking over the horizon.

A jump off of a cliff.

starting over

Cala Tarida, Ibiza, Spain

A field of cherry blossom trees, on the cusp of exploding in shades of pink.

The first buds poking out of the dirt in your garden.

The glint on a ring as you hear the words “I do.”

Your newborn son, held for the first time.

A letter of apology sent to a friend.

A visit to a place from your childhood that forces you to remember something you’d forgotten.

A soft pillow beneath your head as you lie down to sleep.

A coffin lowered into the clasping earth.

The pain of finishing a draft and realizing it’s only the first.

A resignation letter handed in to your boss and a backpack in the trunk of your car.

A tank full of gasoline.

A shiny new WordPress blog.

An iOS app to post whenever you want, wherever you want.

Writing Challenge: Details

The latest writing challenge at The Daily Post, “The Devil is in the Details,” prompts us to dive into the details: to practice our powers of observation to bring a person, place, event, scene, or anything else to life. To create a rich picture in a reader’s mind in three paragraphs. I’ve chosen to zoom in on one part of my home: my bookcase.

My Bookcase


I’ve always been fascinated by the bookcases in other peoples’ homes. I sit down on someone’s sofa and see what they have on their shelves, learning about what they read, what they think about, and what they collect. And now, I gaze up at my own bookcase in my living room — three black shelves bolted to the wall. When I moved into my home last year, I filled the middle shelf first, with hardcover books I’ve read and loved — or have yet to read and simply want to show off. Teju Cole’s Open City. Oliver Sacks’ Musicophilia. Jared Diamond’s Collapse. And a few recent favorites: Born to Run, about the elusive long-distance running tribe, the Tarahumara; and The Lost City of Z, a riveting nonfiction narrative from one of my favorite writers, David Grann.

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