Exercising the craft—January 4, 2016

By Ekta R. Garg

Prompt: When Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous March on Washington speech, he shared a vision of equality through anaphora, the technique of repeating phrases – in his case, the phrase “I have a dream” at the beginning of his sentences.

Using King’s speech as inspiration, incorporate anaphora in your next story, poem or essay. Repeat a statement or idea that drives home the core message of your narrative.

http://www.writermag.com/writing-prompts/anaphora-writing-prompt/

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At the age of 15 I asked my parents for a writing studio. My mother, not knowing the depth of my determination, scoffed. She wondered aloud why I required such a space. Twenty-one years later I wait with bated breath as I watch the builder frame my studio in our new home.

The depth of my determination drives me even today.

In 2010, as the mother of two young children, I decided to pursue my writing with a higher level of seriousness. With a greater sense of intention. I didn’t know what would happen, where my new writing endeavors would take me. But I knew I needed to pursue my writing in fact or else stop claiming I wanted to pursue it in word.

The depth of my determination drives me. The height of my intention makes me reach for my goals.

As this new year begins, I inhale deeply, exhale slowly, and make a decision to double my efforts. I want my publishing venture to succeed. I don’t want to putter along, simply publishing so I may share my life’s passion as a fun anecdote at social events. I want to show everyone, but especially myself, that every minute of time devoted and every penny of money invested go toward something substantial.

The depth of my determination drives me. The height of my intention makes me reach for my goals. I want to succeed.

I use these words as a pledge.

The depth my determination drives me. The height of my intention makes me reach for my goals. I want to succeed.

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