Seeing as this month is all about getting started, I thought I’d mix it up a little and suggest you try something a little perverse! No, not that! What I mean is starting with the end in mind. It’s a phrase or belief often used in coaching and it’s designed to help you know where you’re going before you start.
A good example in the physical world would be the sat-nav in a car. You programme in your destination before you leave home, it calculates a route and talks you through it as you drive along. Today, I’m giving you a last line and you have to tell me what happened to get to that point.
You can write it as a series of bullet points, a plot summary, or you can flesh out the last page, stanza or paragraph. The only rule is that you have to include the last line as it’s written below as your LAST sentence. To help you along I’ve included a song from Jimmy Buffett, helpfully titled ‘The Last Line’. Happy listening.
And the line is:
I often wonder what happened to Kim and whether knowing what we know now might have made a difference.
As usual, if you want to share your thoughts and writing I’d love to read it, and so would my lovely readers. Alternatively, share the prompt with a friend and see what you each come up with.
My effort is below:
When I think back to those heady youthful days I’m reminded of how happy and carefree we all were. It’s a truth often mistaken as a trope that school days are the happiest of your life. Whilst bullies and teachers might make life harder than it need be, the lack of responsibility and relative freedom from being the one who keeps a family running are points often missed by rebellious teenagers. Although she was the same age as us she carried responsibilities it’s only now, in my dotage, I have a glimmer of understanding. I often wonder what happened to Kim and whether knowing what we know now might have made a difference.