Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Creativity Day 24: Into the Darkness

I haven't been able to write this prompt yet. I know exactly what I want to write about, and I started to, but it was all wrong. So here's the prompt (from that made me cry. Someday I'll write it.

In her essay "Total Eclipse" from Teaching a Stone to Talk: Expeditions and Encounters (Harper Collins, 1982), Annie Dillard recalls traveling to the top of a mountain to witness a total solar eclipse. The darkness she discovered as the sun disappeared, in a world suddenly without light, was incomprehensible and terrifying, but also illuminating. "What I saw," she writes, "what I seemed to be standing in, was all the wrecked light that the memories of the dead could shed upon the living world." 

Write about a time when you disappeared into darkness—whether by your own choosing or not—and emerged again into the light, with a new understanding.

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