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Some writers resort to gimmicks in order to kick their writing into gear. If you are looking for a topic to write about, I usually respond, “Write your Memory List.” Some take this advice, but others continue to want a gimmick. The gimmick of choice for many is the writing prompt.

Below are a number of posts that will help you to steer clear of dependency on writing prompts. Even if you are not a writing prompt person, these articles will help you strengthen your writing skills.

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Use This Instead of a Writing Prompt

A writing prompt in my estimation leads to nothing. I’m not a great fan of a writing prompt. Sure, they get you to writing something. And many people will insist writing something is better than writing nothing. Well, I’m not so sure of that.


Cell phones: A fine way to avoid intimacy

This post is part of the “Beyond Writing Prompts” series to help you to access memories that may not have made it to your Memory List. Walking through the nearby Bates College campus recently, I walked towards five young women who were heading in the direction of the college dining hall. I could imagine them […]

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