The prompt this week is posing the question of how you would have conversations with those whose views differ from your own on subjects that you have a strong opinion about. It could be conversations such as between vegetarian/carnivore or democrat/republican.

How do communicate while still remaining friends and civil with one another?


Prompt: How Do You Communicate With Someone Who Has A Very Different Point Of View From Your Own

Today’s prompt used as our starting point the following quote:

Dr. Amy Uehlman, Georgetown Law School

“Our goal in debating provocative topics is actually not to reach a consensus or agreement. We’re not looking for common ground; we’re looking for something much deeper. We’re looking for a sharing of personal narrative, a genuine respect for one another and understanding of others’ experiences that helped to shape their opinions even if, especially if, those opinions are divergent from our own. Not because we merely tolerate them, but because we truly see them and we truly care.”

Write about how we might be able to really listen to another point of view very different from our own and attempt to appreciate the experience of the person expressing it.

My Prayer

The following is by Writers in the Grove member, Patti Bond.

I wish people would be
happy all around us.

I wish the world’s population
would stop fighting and putting
fellow human beings down.

I wish we would be

I wish we would be
heard by all people.

I wish we would listen
to the needs of each other.

I wish we would see people
for who they are.

I wish miracles would happen
every day and that they could
be seen by everyone.

I wish peace and tranquility
for all.

Prompt-a-Month: Telephone

Writers in the Grove Prompt-a-Month badge.The October prompt-a-month for our Writers in the Grove members is:


The deadline for submissions is 11/1/2017. Submissions will be published during the next 30 days.

Writers in the Grove members may hand in their submissions during the workshops or use our members only submission form. Check out the guidelines and instructions for submissions in the announcement.

Prompt: The Wind Telephone

Today’s prompt was inspired by the NPR This American Life’s story “Really Long Distance.” A survivor of the Japanese Tsunami rebuilt his home and added a disconnected payphone to his garden. People come from around the country to “talk” to those they’ve lost. Called the “wind telephone,” mostly men use the phone to say the things they feel they can’t say to others.

Take this in any direction you wish.

Meeting Our Selves

The following was written and submitted by our Writer’s in the Grove member, Ralph Cuellar.

Our “selves” are like spirits
Until we meet in the flesh
and misunderstand each other
When we’re offered information
we’d rather not accept
When we’re confronted with alternate
versions of our dreamed reality.
Our external world is like a series of
collisions in a bumper car amusement ride.

Prompt: Writing Letters You Might Never Send

This week’s prompt talked about how we communicate? What do we use to communicate? Eyes, attention, body language, respect, support, and words.

You can communicate with a person and have it be a very intimate connection. You may also connect with someone and have it be a one way experience.

There are many ways to communicate with each other, as there is with your characters. How do they communicate with each other?

As a writer, how do you connect on a deeper level to your readers? Sometimes you write to a specific person, even if you are writing for many. Others say they write to and for themselves.

The prompt narrowed down to this:

Write a letter to yourself or someone else that speaks the truth, says what you really wish to tell them, no holds barred.

It could be a letter sent, or one that is written and never sent. It doesn’t matter.

If you’d like to experiment with character building, have your main character or any character in your story write that letter.