WHAT TO WRITE? WHAT TO WRITE?
1. I could write this but no one could ever read it:
2. I could write this and hope everyone in Boston reads it:
3. I could write about this person:
4. I could write about this relationship:
5. I could write about this day:
6. I could write about this period of my life:
7. I could write about this question:
8. I could write a funny piece about this:
9. I could write a piece unified by this theme or idea:
10. I could write a purely narrative piece – storytelling for its own sake – about this:
11. I have this compelling image in my head that I keep returning to and I could write something taking off from it:
12. There is something I keep noticing that other people seem not to notice:
13. “After that day it was never the same” – a piece about a clearly visible turning point in life (my life or that of someone close to me):
14. I am not like the people around me, in this way that I would like to explore and communicate in writing:
15. I could write something based in this particular expertise or talent (e.g., sport, art form, job, life experience):
16. I have this cultural attribute (e.g., ethnicity, religion, language, place of birth, parents’ culture) and I could write a piece in which it matters a lot:
17. I have this theory about something and I could write a piece about why I’m right and why it matters:
18. “The unfinished story” – there’s a significant story about someone I know well that has some very significant missing part, a part I’ve always wondered about. That part is unspoken, perhaps secret, perhaps unknowable – but I could create it.
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