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Writing prompt 2: A ‘found’ world

1 December, 2007

Found Magazine asks people to provide anything found: ‘love letters, birthday cards, kids’ homework, to-do lists, ticket stubs, poetry on napkins, telephone bills, doodles – anything that gives a glimpse into someone else’s life.’

Wander through the ‘found’ items until one grabs your attention. Imagine who wrote it, what the circumstances were–and what happened next. Or think about the person who found the note, what s/he thought about it–and what could have happened next.

When you have the characters, the incident and a sense of where it could go, start writing. Be as realistic or unrealistic as you want. The idea is to to let your creative side off the lead, to wander where it wants. If you don’t stay with your original ideas, that’s OK. Try to write at least 2 pages or 10 minutes.



Item from FOUND online magazine

Latest Find

FOUND by Maggie Keane in Phoenix, Arizona

We just got back to Phoenix from a three week vacation to the east coast and found this note in our house left by some friend of the kid next door who was taking care of our dogs and plants. I particularly like the part about not having been up to anything, but, “I’M GETTING MARRIED AND MIGHT BE HAVING A BABY!!!!”

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