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Writing Prompt: Stream of Consciousness

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Do you regularly free write? Do you wish you did? Several times a month, we'll post a writing prompt. Open a notebook or a blank page and keep your hand moving for 10 minutes. Don't worry about grammar or punctuation – just write. 

Then, share a link to your free write in the comments section below. We’d love to see what you did with this week's prompt!

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Photo by Jena Schwartz

Photo by Jena Schwartz

Put down your tablet. Turn off your phone. Close the laptop lid. It’s time to go old school. Grab a pen and a piece of paper. Find a cozy and safe place to sit. And let your mind wander. Let the thoughts sift down into your skin, into the couch that supports you. Feel the dryness of the paper, the smoothness of the pen, the smell of the coffee wafting past. What do you notice? What is your mind saying? What are your feelings saying? Let the stream of your consciousness guide you through whatever it is that pops up. Don’t force it. What’s there? The fight you had with your husband this morning, or the cat that smuggled in a dead chipmunk, or your son’s excitement for his first day of camp. Don’t think. Wander. Then write.

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Do YOU have a writing prompt to share with Literary Mama readers? Send your 150- to 300-word narrative and associated writing prompt to lmblogcontact (at) literarymama (dot) com. We'd like to hear your ideas!


Amanda Jaros is a freelance writer and blogger, focusing on nature and science stories. Her work has appeared in numerous journals and magazines including Terrain.org, Newfound, Life in the Finger Lakes Magazine, Highlights for Children, and Cargo Literary. She holds an MFA in creative nonfiction from Chatham University.


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Absolutely! Love this and completely agree. I still carry around a notebook with me- in my car, in my purse, next to my desk, etc. It's where I always begin and where I have my best inspiration before I move to a typed, final version.
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