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Introduction Prompt Guidelines from Marlene Cullen A writing prompt can be anything, from another writing, to objects, to songs, to photographs, anything that triggers a flow of words. Response to a prompt is limited to 15-20 minutes. When you write, leave your inner critic at the door. Shrug off the editor that sits on your shoulder. Keep your pen moving. Don’t stop to think. Write whatever comes into your mind. Natalie Goldberg's “Six Rules of Writing” from Writing Down the Bones 1. Keep hand moving 2. Don’t cross out 3. Don’t worry about spelling, punctuation or grammar 4. Lose control 5. Don’t think 6. Go for the jugular The aim is to burn through first thoughts. Say what you want to say. Don’t worry if it’s correct, polite or appropriate. First thoughts have tremendous energy. First thoughts are the way the mind flashes on something. Trust yourself. Write whatever is on your mind. This is the place to feel free to practice writing. “Writing isn’t about the destination —writing is the journey that transforms the soul and gives meaning to all else.” — Sue Grafton