Prompts come in many different forms. Sometimes, a single word is all you need to get your mind’s wheels turning. Here are six words:
Select one word in this list that speaks to you in some way. Have you always wanted to write about that one decision that changed your life? Are you a long-term traveler looking for the right city to settle?
The beauty of the one-word prompt is that it’s open to interpretation. What do you think of when you hear this word? What do you see? This word is simply the seed for your post: no matter your style or genre (personal writing, short story, poetry, academia), you can shape your idea as you see fit.
I chose the word Regret (also comes with choice).
When I think of the word regret I think of my marriage and how much I regretted marrying the man I chose and I use the term chose loosely as he didn’t take my rejection well and threatened to kill himself. I couldn’t let that happen even though now I finally understand that would have been his choice and not my fault.
Even though it was a bad choice and I do regret it very much for what it did to me, I do not regret the three great children I have from that union. They are the loves of my life and I would not give them up for anything, even if I had to go through that marriage again. It was 23 long years we made it last, but finally gave up when another woman entered our lives. Our youngest was only 12.
I have been divorced for 16 years and I am happier now then I was during the marriage even though I am struggling to survive and it can be lonely at times. I only have to see him during family parties which is more than enough.
I have my children and grandchildren and that makes me happy.