Daily Theme from Nell Freudenberger!

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Today’s Figment Daily Theme is so extra-special that it required an extra-big shout-out. This golden nugget of writing inspiration comes courtesy of Nell Freudenberger, winner of the super prestigious PEN/Malamud Award for her short story collection Lucky Girls, and who was named one of the 20 best fiction writers under 40 by The New Yorker. If that wasn’t enough, her upcoming novel The Newlyweds is already generating serious buzz as one of the most anticipated books of 2012 (and it’s not even out until May!)

Figment Daily Theme, January 5, 2012

Write a letter (or an email) to yourself from someone else. The author of the letter can be real or imaginary, someone you know well or a distant acquaintance. The person should be someone you’re curious about, someone who’s done something that’s hurt, baffled or mystified you. Give the author of the letter enough space to really explain things to you in his or her own voice.

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7 thoughts on “Daily Theme from Nell Freudenberger!

  1. Great prompt, Ms. Freudenberger. I ended up writing from the perspective of my absentee (is that the word?) godfather, who I haven’t seen or spoken to since I was five. His absence has never really bothered me, so when I read the prompt and thought of him, I thought it would be a bit of a challenge to write. In effect, the letter flowed out with [pleasantly surprising] ease.

  2. I wrote from the perspective of a friend who both baffled and hurt me. It was tough, but interesting to place myself in this person’s shoes. I’m glad I came across this prompt.

  3. This was never a prompt I would have thought of on my own if it hadn’t been provided for me. It allowed me to unexpectadly make peace with myself when I wrote the letter from someone in my life who had killed themself. Thanks!

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