Writing Prompts

A Writing Prompt from Ryan Van Meter

Each Friday we post one new writing prompt created by a Sarabande author. Prompts like this one are included in our online Reader's Guides along with discussion questions and suggested reading to accompany each title. So if you can't wait a week for the next prompt, visit our Reader's Guide page to find them all in one place!

This week's Friday Writing Prompt comes from Ryan Van Meter, author of If You Knew Then What I Know Now (2011).

Firsts and Lasts

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Write about a first or a last. The first time something happened, as in, first kiss, first lie, first time you had the wind knocked out of you, first time you saw a certain important person, or witnessed some up-until-then strange occurrence. Or, the last time something happened, as in, last kiss with so-and-so, last night in a place you’ve never returned to, last day of school in sixth grade, last time you heard that song. Bring the firstness or lastness of the experience to life in a compelling narrative that also somehow lets us in on the event’s significance without explicitly stating the importance.