It’s been kind of a rough week. I have had to watch someone I love say goodbye to their dog, and then sadly another family pet right after that. It’s hard watching someone you love hurt - the kind of hurt you can’t fix with a band-aid.
So, here’s your topic for this week. Tell about a time you lost something. Give yourself a chance to write a little first. Brainstorm. Decide which idea needs to be written about today.
Your list may look similar to mine. There will be serious items, and then those sources of frustration. All of them work for your writer’s notebook. Spend some time with your list, listen to your heart, and write about the one that is calling to you today.
Remember, once you have a list, you can always go back there when you need another idea.
Here’s my quick brainstorm. I went with my first 10.
Things I’ve lost:
1. A sock – always missing a sock. The match only turns up after I pitch the first one!
2. My grandparents. I still miss them, but I smile when I think of them. I finally understand happy tears.
3. Ummm… my patience? That was gone this morning. Got a little hot under the collar.
4. My way. I only truly panic if I have to be somewhere at a certain time. Lost on vacation is actually fun – that’s when the best stories happen!
5. My keys – panic mode!
6. My car – in a parking lot – for real. Was about to call the police and report it stolen. (Not my best moment)
7. My dog – that also made me panic even though he was only across the street.
8. A special clipping from the newspaper my grandmother saved for me. It’s around here somewhere. Things like that seem to reappear when I need them.
9. An argument, but that was a good lesson. Not getting your way is sometimes a positive thing.
10. My garden. Weeds and bugs are very happy, vegetables not so much. I can almost hear the beetles singing “Whoohoo!” as they swing from grass blade to grass blade.
So, which one is calling to me today? The beetles. It's truly a jungle out there right now, and don't jungles make the best backdrop for stories?
Go. Make your list, then follow your thought for the day.
Happy writing. I hope you find what you are looking for.