Writing Prompts

Forget to remember

forgetBut men are men; the best sometimes forget. —Othello, William Shakespeare

Write a story, poem or essay inspired by “forgetting.” A character forgets a key piece of information or an important object before an event. How does this affect him? How does the act of forgetting change the outcome of her story? Alternatively, write a reflection or poem about something you’ve forgotten: a lost memory, a friend’s birthday, a piece of trivia. What did this moment signify? What changed as a result?


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  • Adrienne

    I forgot this piece of yarn was on my finger until it started to hurt. By then I had developed gangrene and had to have it amputated. I forgot why I had the string on it in the first place. Oh well, I have nine more fingers.