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Writing Prompt for June 30, 2016: Photo of decrepit carnival ride

8421501433_d514a7b626_oIntro: I’m not sure this writing prompt exercise is going to be just the ticket for me; 60 seconds is pretty much a blink of the eye. But here goes with the One-Minute Writer Prompt for June 30, 2016. I’ll give this daily writing exercise a week and re-evaluate. This is Day Four.

Topic: Photo prompt. Tell your story.

Posted at The One-Minute Writer website by Carla Hurst Chandler.

Posted at The One-Minute Writer website by Carla Hurst Chandler.

My write-up (I took a fictional angle this time): She wished her mother hadn’t rented an apartment right next to the abandoned amusement park. Sometimes when the wind blew, the old metal structures creaked and moaned. Worst of all was the kiddie train with the rusted metal face on the front car, facing the apartments and always looking at her window with its one good eye. She asked her mom to go over there and help her move it so it would face away, but her mom just stared at her, took a long drag on her cigarette and blew out a bark of laughter with the smoke.

My thoughts after today’s writing prompt: I love the creepy atmosphere of this photo.

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Writing Prompt for June 29, 2016 – Darkness

8421501433_d514a7b626_oIntro: I’m not sure this writing prompt exercise is going to be just the ticket for me; 60 seconds is pretty much a blink of the eye. But here goes with the One-Minute Writer Prompt for June 29, 2016. I’ll give this daily writing exercise a week and re-evaluate. This is Day Three.

Topic: Dark. (That’s it. It’s a “One-Word Wednesday” prompt that you can grab and run with in any direction you like. Cool.)

My write-up: I’m a big fan of dark humor — the kind that lets me weather the pain, anger or just outrage related to a disturbing topic. I think humor is social grease that we all need to use so we aren’t so abrasive to each other, even when talking about difficult things.

My thoughts after today’s writing prompt: This is something I already knew about myself. 🙂

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Writing Prompt for June 28, 2016 – Persuasian

8421501433_d514a7b626_oIntro: I’m not sure this writing prompt exercise is going to be just the ticket for me; 60 seconds is pretty much a blink of the eye. But here goes with the One-Minute Writer Prompt for June 28, 2016. I’ll give this daily writing exercise a week and re-evaluate. This is Day Two.

Topic: Write about a time someone tried to convince you of something or change your mind about something.

My write-up: I’ve had people I love try to convince me that I should return to the Christian faith. It troubles me that they all seem to speak from the same script and don’t understand why I am an apostate after years of thought on this. Whether they use Pascal’s Wager or the “atheists are so angry” gambit or even triumphantly try the “If we came from monkeys why are there still monkeys?” argument, it just falls flat. I hate to shut the door on any conversation, but I’m tired of rehashing this. I think I’m eventually going to put a “Stuff I Don’t Want to Explain Again” tab on my blog and redirect them to it.

My thoughts after today’s writing prompt: I’m reminded that I’ve thought for a *long* time about putting just such a tab on my website. I need to move that from “mental note” to “actually on my to-do list.”

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