Write One Leaf in Which Something is Trimmed Away
The trimming need not be literal. It may be figurative. It may be imaginary. It may be fingernails.
Imagine yourself the trimmer. Imagine yourself the ladder. Imagine yourslf the observer. What is something in your life that needs trimming? What is something that doesn’t need trimming but has nevertheless been trimmed?
Keep your hands moving for as long as you feel there is something to be gained from the process.
As always, do not allow yourself to be limited by the contents of the prompt or by what you see in the photo.
If it feels more appropriate to write about something else, or you get taken off topic by whatever is happening in your hands, go for it. The entire point is to keep those hands moving.
- You owe reality nothing.
- Reality owes you nothing.
- Reality is boring.
What is all this?
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