My process for drafting this week’s writing prompt is simple and straightforward, yet not so easy to do, as it’s been time-consuming and has required a lot of attention to detail. And, if I’m really being honest, it’s forced me to check a lot of my own biases and beliefs and things I thought I knew, which was uncomfortable at first but ultimately necessary and liberating.
Here’s the process I carried out, and what I did, as I completed my draft of an unbiased essay on Trump’s second impeachment trial this week.
I chose this week’s writing prompt: write a letter of love, admiration, or solace, precisely because most of us tend to think of it as something that’s cliché or common to do on Valentine’s Day. But the reality is, it’s not at all a common thing to do. Not in today’s world. In fact, there’s an entire greeting card industry that’s counting on you not writing your own letter, ever, for any occasion at all— whether it’s a letter of love, admiration, thanks, solace, congratulations, etc.
I haven’t written a speech since I was an undergraduate in college. Sure, I’ve led discussions and given some presentations to both small and large groups over the course of my professional life. But it’s been quite some time since I have written an official speech. So, it should go without saying, I had to go back to the basics when getting started with this week’s writing prompt.