Writing Prompt

If You Do It Right, Once is Enough

Write about risk and regret today.

Envy Writer
Oct 3, 2019 · 2 min read

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”
― Mae West

Mae West was all about YOLO before YOLO was YOLO.

I have a thing about regrets. I always have. Maybe because I grew up around a lot of addiction. Maybe because my mother died young. Maybe it’s just how I’m hardwired.

Whatever it is, I can’t bear regret. That looks like fear sometimes. Like an over-abundance of caution. It makes me risk-adverse in some situations. I’ve never been someone who can relax enough to do something stupid just because it feels good in the moment.

But sometimes it looks like doing things that other people only talk about.

Somehow I missed out on the part of being young that involved immortality. I’ve always known I’ll only live once. Whether or not I do it right, once has to be enough.


If you’re a fiction writer: What is your main character’s relationship to risk? What do they regret? How about your antagonist? Is there a regret at the base of their antagonism?


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Envy Writer is a Nevada girl in Pennsylvania. She loves a good experiment.

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