What would you do and say if you ran into yourself; the self you were five years ago? Today, write about it. Keep reading to see today’s full writing prompt and my completed version of it: She’s Me.

man in blue suit looking at himself
Created by K.E. Creighton in Canva

Today’s Writing Prompt: Oh Hey, Former Self

For today’s writing prompt, imagine what you would do and say if you ran into the self you were five years ago. Before you start writing consider where you are when you run into your former self. Set the scene first, then be sure to include at least one or two lines of dialogue in which you are talking to your former self and they talk back.

Completed Version of Today’s Writing Prompt

She’s Me, by K.E. Creighton

I’m trying to browse the romance section discreetly with a sugar-free vanilla latte in one hand and a growing pile of paperbacks in the other when I see her out of the corner of my eye in the self-help section across the aisle. I turn to look at her more closely as she is also trying to discreetly peruse the shelves.

Am I seeing who I think I’m seeing? It’s not just any “her” or “she” exactly. It’s me. I am she and she is me. Well, she’s me in that hideous tight striped red and black sweater I donated a few years ago after only wearing it once or twice.

After I turn toward her, I can’t help but stare at her. I am looking at my doppelgänger. It’s as if I’m staring in the mirror. At first, she doesn’t notice me staring at her. But when she finally does, she stands up straight and drops the stack of books cradled in her right arm. Then she stares back. And we stand like that for a good while not saying anything.

Eventually, I walk over to help her pick up the books she dropped. One is on managing personal conflicts and the other is a memoir about personal resilience. I hold up a book in each hand. I say, “This one you can put back on the shelf,” while nodding to the book in my left hand. “But this one,” I say lifting up the other, “This one, you’ll want to memorize.”

She, or me, smiles at me relieved, and responds, “Thank you. I wasn’t sure if that one would end up being useful anyway.”

“I know.”

[All Rights Reserved by K.E. Creighton and Creighton’s Compositions LLC. The above work is a piece of fiction. All names and locations referred to are the product of the author’s imagination and are used entirely for fictional purposes. Any similarities to real-life persons or places are purely coincidental.]

Notes on Completing this Writing Prompt

This prompt was fun to complete. Today I wanted to keep my writing a little lighter, so I didn’t write about anything earth-shattering. I go to the bookstore a lot and have acquired quite a few books over the years. And some of those books I could have gone without reading if I’m being honest. So, that’s what inspired my writing today.

If you complete this writing prompt, share your draft with members of our writing community. We’d love to read it! Be sure to tag #DailyDraftsAndDialogues and @kecreighton on Medium, WordPress, or Facebook, so we can read what you write for this writing prompt. Get creative! Let’s see how many different versions of this prompt can be written.