Sara Hosey

Sometimes you have to get lost to get found.

Here are some of the strategies I use to get started, keep motivated, and set myself up for success. How to start: goals, goals, goals Before you begin your writing each day, write, review and/or revise your goals. Your goals should be further segmented. I like to do six-month increments, although others are successful looking …

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  In my novel, Iphigenia Murphy,  the main character, Iffy, finds herself saving–and being saved by–a stray dog.  Iffy remarks that she and the dog are both “black haired and skinny and scared”–they are a natural match. As I’ve written elsewhere, Iffy’s relationship with her dog was a starting point for me when I was working …

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Monday Writing Prompt: Self-Writing

September 30, 2019

Welcome to your weekly writing prompt! Here is today’s assignment:

Helen Keller begins chapter 4 of her autobiography, The Story of My Life, by writing,  “The most important day I remember in all my life is the one on which my teacher, Anne Mansfield Sullivan, came to me.” The remainder of the chapter describes that first meeting and Keller’s re-introduction to communication and connection.

What a powerful way to open a chapter. Keller isn’t going to waste time on the inconsequential: she will dive right into the “most important day” of her life.

What was the most important day of your life? Be as specific as possible as you describe the context, situation, sights, sounds, feelings, smells, and emotions of that day. While your writing will focus on the one event, your exploration, like Keller’s, might lead you to describe or discuss other aspects and events in your life.

If you’re comfortable doing so, feel free to share your work in the comments or to email me and I’ll post it on the blog.*