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The Driver's Seat: Writing Inspiration for March 16, 2016

Get behind the wheel with this week's writing inspiration!


first lines

"I've never seen this line before," said the palmreader.

My friends won't play board games with me anymore.


points of view

a vinyl record

someone thinking of their own argument instead of listening


true story

"Graphic designer John Koenig has sought for years to fill holes in language that describe the emotions that we all feel, but fail to communicate. Since 2009, his website: The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows has been a “a compendium of invented words."
23 New Words for Emotions That We All Feel, But Can't Identify

(n) The realization that each passerby has a life as vivid and complex as your own

(n) The subtle but persistent feeling of being out of place.

(n) The strange wistfulness of used bookshops.


Thanks to Brianne Carter for the suggestion!

Thanks to Jessica Spotswood for the suggestion!

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photo credits: Larm Dreaming, Mohamed Said, Ven de la Cruz, John Hult, Lauren Peng, Jay Mantri

Kate Hart

Kate is the author of After the Fall, coming January 24, 2017 from Farrar, Straus and Giroux. A former teacher and grant writer, she now owns a treehouse-building business in the Ozarks and hosts the Badass Ladies You Should Know interview series.

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