How do you handle the unexpected events in your life?  The surprises, both good and bad?  When was the last time you had a pleasant, lovely surprise?  A not-so-good surprise?  What happened?

Use this quote to inspire a story or poem:  “The dumber people think you are, the more surprised they’re going to be when you kill them.”   William Clayton


“Expect the best, plan for the worst, and plan to be surprised.”  Denis Waitley


Write about a character that receives a wonderful surprise that takes a negative turn.  Or an unpleasant surprise that creates a positive experience.  Sometimes in our own lives our challenges eventually bring us to the place of the most joy and satisfaction.  But of course we don’t see it when we are going through this journey.

Write about a surprising animal in your life or in a work of fiction. 

What about a surprise YOU pulled on someone else?  Did it work?   What happened? 

In writing, when you work deeply, be prepared to be surprised.        An amusing surprise . . .


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