Writing Prompts

TRAVELOGUE OF ILLNESS

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

“The first trip to the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center is like arriving anywhere new.  A plane takes you down through thick clouds, a train moves you through a dark tunnel, a bus pulls up to the rear of a terminal while you paint images in your head of this foreign land soon to be revealed … We are the pale new arrivals at the beachside resort, catching a glimpse of a sliver of its life.”  This is how I described taking Nadia to MSKCC for the first time.…

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OPENING LINES

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

I do not write in a linear fashion.  Motherhood Exaggerated began as a skeleton, but when it came to fleshing it out and clothing it, my process bore more resemblance to the path of a pinball than a train traveling from depot to depot. …

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WRITING ABOUT ILLNESS

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

I recently read about a study which showed that walking through a leafy, green area can reduce brain fatigue. What can be more draining than illness—on your brain, your body, your heart, your soul. Telling a story is like a walk.…

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