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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Writing Prompt: Getting Over Someone

By Dalia Martinez

Summer's officially ending this week. It's okay if you're feeling nostalgic, remembering that first kiss at camp or maybe the summer your true love turned into your greatest heartbreak. Not all summer's are so easy to get over. In the movie "500 Days of Summer", Tom (played by Joseph Gordon Levitt) falls in love with Summer Finn (played by Zooey Deschanel). Scott Neustadter co-wrote the film based on a real-life relationship gone sour!

Next Friday, Sept. 27,  Scott and Producer Tom McNulty come to Writing Pad for a fascinating conversation about indie filmmaking and their newest movie, "The Spectacular Now."Join us for only $5 (includes sangria and snacks)! And if you haven't seen "The Spectacular Now", go! It's so good, but don't just take our word for it, it got 91% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Also, if your love life is like a turbulent plane ride, now's the time to turn that walk of shame from 2004 into an irresistible memoir! Bestselling memoirist, Brett Paesel shows you how to write a relatable story that's more exciting than your favorite novel.  Sign up for Brett's class and other wonderful classes on our roster this fall by clicking one of the links below. Please hurry. Classes are filling up!

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In the movie "500 Days of Summer", it takes Tom several seasons to get over Summer Finn. This movie is based on Scott Neustadter's real life heartbreak. Scott has the right idea: one of the best ways to get over a break up, is to get even! Write about it!

For this week's writing prompt, tell us about how you got over heartbreak. Make a list of three relationships that went bad. Pick one. Now makea list of what you you did specifically to get over that heartbreak (e.g. started swing dancing every night of the week, TP'd his house, etc.). Add a sensory detail to it (smell, taste, sound, touch). Now write about your heartbreak remedy, including the sensory detail. Then, post your results in the comments of this blog!

It took a year to get over my male version of Summer Finn. "He did you a favor," my best friend repeated. Between tanning on hot beach days and drinking during late-night chats, her wisdom sank in. Sometimes, I just needed my mom to scratch my head while we watched a period piece. When I flew to the East Coast, I steamed up the kitchen windows cooking savory Sunday dinners with my boisterous cousins. These simple times ushered me past heartbreak. (And yes, a bounce-back boyfriend helped too.) After that disaster, I learned no heartbreak would ever be so monumental that I'd never move on. For the men who've broken my heart since, licking of perennial wounds has gotten easier.

Now it's your turn. Write about how you got over someone for ten minutes, including your sensory detail. Then post your story below. You could win a free writing class!

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