Obituary

This exercise may seem morbid, but hear me out for a moment. Today, write your own obituary as it would read if you’d died yesterday. This may be difficult, and it may touch a few raw nerves, but that’s all right as long as you can handle it. While there are certainly writers who stick with writing light, “fluffy” pieces and do quite well with it, many people write because they want to touch something in other people. Often that means we have to be in touch with our own deep, sometimes dark, feelings. Not all writers’ exercises are meant to be fun; some of them help us to face those feelings so we can better express them in our regular writing. So today, face some of those feelings.


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