A Writing Prompt


First, I haven’t written a post in a few days. I have had thoughts to share, but I have been so busy with things going on, that I haven’t had a chance to write. This morning I have been catching up on my blog reader. I have barely had time to read. One post that caught my eye was Monday Morning Exercises: New Shoes by John on his blog Writing at Gun Point.

Today’s exercise is going to ask you to take a step outside your own experience and try on someone else’s shoes. It’s fairly typical for a writer to write in a “first person” voice from the point of view of another person — their narrator, etc.

I wanted to share my thoughts with you all. Here’s the prompt.

“Today was a tough day because ….”

Well first for Anthony is that the day has just started for him. He awoke really tired and not wanting to get out of bed. He has been having trouble getting things together lately because of everything going on. His students had state assessments last week, which he was very happy about. Going into them he wasn’t sure the students were ready. However, after they were finished and he saw the scores, he was proud of them.

Mr. Purcell has also been dealing with job searching. This is not an easy task for anyone, but for Anthony it just means polish the resume and start filling out applications once again. However, this time he was effected by the school budgets that all states are dealing with. He will get everything figured out and things will go well.

Another reason today has been tough is that the couch is way to comfortable. Just sitting reading blogs and watching the news is so much nicer than getting ready for work and heading out for the day. Of course, that’s another tough thing for Anthony. He hit a deer with his car on Saturday evening. He’s doing fine, but the car took a good hit. So his car is in the shop and he has been walking to school in the mornings.

Now you ask, how can that be a bad thing? Well, Mr. P doesn’t see walking to school as a bad thing. He enjoys the walks. It is only 1.5 miles, which he enjoys gathering his thoughts during that time. Plus, with it being spring time, the weather is great! Well, again, today will be tough because it’s going to storm today, so he won’t be able to walk tonight or tomorrow. That’s the tough part for Anthony, being reliant on others to get him somewhere.

Back to today. This evening will be tough since it is an Open House tonight. Meeting new families and students that are interested in the school for next year is great! However, with the thoughts and wonderings if he will be there is tough. Anthony is doing great though. The school is not there for him and he knows that. The school is there for the students. That’s one thing that is not tough for him. He continues to step up and do what he needs to do for the students to succeed in school.

Well, here he goes into the day. Getting off the couch and heading out the door. Good luck, Anthony. I know you will do great today!

So there it is. My writing for today. I know that it is only 6:12 and it says to go for 15 minutes. I got pretty close though. I hope that you take the time to do a little writing as well.

About Anthony Purcell

I am Anthony Purcell and I am currently teaching math in Oklahoma.
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2 Responses to A Writing Prompt

  1. Elysabeth says:

    I’m not sure I really understand the writing exercise – but good job – lol. I can relate to those “tough days” most every day but then there are some days that easy breezy – and worth the tough days. Hang in there and all will work out – Mrs. E 🙂

    Elysabeth Eldering
    Author of the Junior Geography Detective Squad, 50-state, mystery, trivia series

    Where will the adventure take you next?

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