Writing Prompt: Writing from Quote

One kind of writing prompt that I like to use is to start with a quote. Here is a stimulating quote from Tobias Wolff, author of This Boy’s Life, a memoir that was made into a movie with Leonardo DeCaprio and Robert DeNiro. Read it first and then choose one or both of the prompts to write from.

You are invited to post what you wrote in the comments below.

Good writing!

QUOTE:  “One of the things that draws writers to writing is that they can get things right that they got wrong in real life by writing about them.” – Tobias Wolff

PROMPT:  Write about something in your life that you wished had gone another way, something that felt wrong at the time and how you might have wanted it to go differently.

PROMPT:  What have you learned, given that it did go the way it did?  What was the opportunity for you in your life?  Where has this event taken you as a person?  How has it shaped your character?

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Writing Tips & Gossip

Ever wonder. . .  if you were in the right place at the right time?  Maybe not.  Maybe, like Oprah and JK Rowling below, you are supposed to be somewhere else so your big opportunity will show itself.

Good writing!!


JK Rowling

Before she penned the “Harry Potter” books, Rowling worked as a secretary for the London office of Amnesty International.

She would spend most of her day writing stories on her computer, and when her employers discovered how she was spending her time, they gave her the boot.



When Oprah was starting out as an evening news anchor for Baltimore’s WJZ-TV, she was fired for becoming too emotionally involved in the stories.

She was given a day time position shortly after (which was considered a huge step down in the news world), and turned the opportunity into the “Oprah Winfrey Show.”



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“Thriver” Book Signing Event Is A Great Success at September San Diego Conference

San Diego, California was the site of the 16th International Conference on Violence, Abuse and Trauma  that I attended from September 11 to 13, 2011.   It was an excellent, inspiring conference, one that I have been attending and presenting at since 2003.

This year, I was with my good friends, Kathryn Tull and Anita Swanson, and we all had our books to sell!  Here we are at the book signing after our morning workshop presentation on Tuesday, September 13.  Kathryn is on my left, Anita on my right in the photo above.

My book, The Thriver  Workbook: Journey from Victim to Survivor to Thriver!  sold well at the conference and was very well received.  I also showed the Thriver video at the conference and everyone loved it!   (Check the video out on my YouTube channel youtube.com/susanom1).

Kathryn’s new book, The Next Bold Step:  Learning to Love and Value Yourself, And Know That You Matter, was also available for sale at the conference as well as Anita’s book, Slow Hope.  Anita is currently working on a new book.

There were other amazing speakers and presenters at the conference including Mildred Muhammad, former wife of the D.C. sniper, John Muhammad.  Her book, Scared Silent: The Mildred Muhammad Story, was also available.

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A Writing Friend Publishes Her First Novel

One of my dear writing friends Sue Davis has published her first novel, “Love Means Second Chances

I am so proud of her!

We have been writing buddies for years and encouraged and supported each other through the writing and now the self-publishing journey.

Check the book out at Sue’s book here on Amazon.

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Patricia Christie-Brooks

Patricia Christie-Brooks

Patricia Christie-Brooks patricia-christie-brooks-2bookshas self-published Grandma Olga’s Journey to America: A Story of How I Came to Be. It pays homage to her ancestors who arrived at America’s doorstep between 1836 and 1903 from Germany, England and Finland.

Earlier this spring, Pat self-published a book of poetry, Love Lost and Found Again: A Cinderella Story in Poetry. She is working on her third book, The Inside Story: A White Girl Growing up in a Black World.

Pat has been a student since 2007 in Susan Omilian’s From Memory to Memoir: Writing Your Life Story class at the Town of Manchester (CT) Senior Center.

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