Weekend Prompting: What I (Don’t) Know

Every Friday, there will be a prompt to lead us to the weekend. I would love to see your responses or thoughts about process in the comments. Or, even better? Leave us a link to your own blog and response there!

I challenge you to sit, breathing just like you do, and just see the world around you. Just a few minutes, a few breaths. Then, set a timer or page limit (for however long you want), and WRITE! Just put pen to paper (fingers to keyboard). Don’t stop. Don’t think. Just ground yourself in the prompt. Come back to it if you need to. But, for all that is good in this world, tell us your story.


This week’s prompt was used earlier this week on Facebook as a writing prompt, but it can go in so many different directions… and, what I (don’t) know is something that’s been on my mind a lot recently.

Instead of a set time, I set a number limit. Sometimes, restricting the form allows for interesting things to arise…

My limit was five items, each prompt.


  1. I know that sometimes, I lean into practice like my life depended on it.
  2. I don’t know if that’s really true, or just what I want to believe.
  3. I know that my heart is both light and heavy at the same time right now.
  4. I don’t know how that’s even possible.
  5. I know that I’m writing this with my yes closed.
  6. I don’t know if I’ll have to do much editing. (I hope not.)
  7. I know that I still feel really insecure about this counseling thing.
  8. I don’t know if that’s normal or if I”m just a generally insecure person. (Or both, I guess, is possible.)
  9. I know I hear the guinea pigs, even with my eyes closed, and I know who is drinking form which cage.
  10. I don’t know what they think, only that they are training us well.


How do you feel about constrained writing prompts? Do you ever use them?



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