Writing Prompt #15: Letting Go
Setting The Stage
We’ve all been there. That moment when you suddenly realize that whatever you’ve been doing with your life just isn’t working out.
Maybe it’s a relationship you’ve been desperately trying to salvage. A promotion you’ve been promised that never seems to materialize. You’re weeks away from majoring in a subject you absolutely hate. Or maybe it’s as simple as the realization that your kid just isn’t interested in following in your footsteps.
Whatever the problem is, you probably knew, deep down inside, that it was coming. Now, you’ve finally reached the breaking point. It’s time to figure out how to let go…and move on.
What Do Writers Have To Say About Letting Go?
“Sometimes love means letting go when you want to hold on tighter.”
― Melissa Marr
“Ghosts don’t haunt us. That’s not how it works. They’re present among us because we won’t let go of them.”
― Sue Grafton
“Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go.”
– Hermann Hesse
“People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.”
– Thich Nhat Hanh
“We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”
― Joseph Campbell
“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.”
― Lao Tzu
How To Use This Prompt
Fiction writers: What has your character been ignoring? Why doesn’t your character want to let go of that failed relationship, that crappy job, that awful apartment? Write a scene about a past event that haunts your character — or a present problem they’re denying exists.
Nonfiction writers: Think back on a time when you realized something you’d really worked for just wasn’t going to work out. Did you resist the change? Did you refuse to just let go and cut your losses? Why or why not? What did you do, and how did your life change when you finally moved on?
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