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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Pumped for Prompts!

Often, when writers find their creative flow ebbing to a dismal drip, all it takes is a little nudge of inspiration to set the imagination sailing again. The nudge could be within the pages of the latest book by a favorite author, snippets of an overheard conversation, or the scent of a stranger’s cologne. One of my all-time favorites is the use of random prompts. And not only when I feel the need, I use them just for fun! 

One such prompt offered by was “Write a Dear John Letter from piece of furniture.”
Here’s what I came up with:

My Dearest Friend,
It is with great sadness that I impart this missive, as it is the very last thing I thought I’d ever do. But you’ve left me no choice but to extricate myself from this failed relationship, no matter how harsh it may seem.
You may take heart with the knowledge that I will forever hold your memory dear. But it will take time for me to fully comprehend how all the years of sitting with you through daunting files, confounding clients, rejections slips, messy lunches and writer’s block, could possibly result in my being cast aside like wrapping paper on Christmas morning.
In closing, it is my hope that your new friend is sufficiently supportive and that your knees don’t grow together.
Yours in memory,

Your former friend…by the curb.


While this is more of a ‘Jane writing to John’ take on it, therein lies the beauty in creativity! What will you write? Share with us


  1. Ha! What a fun prompt, and that's an awesome letter, diedre!

  2. Thanks, Denise! I had a lot of fun writing it :-)


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