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Exercise Wednesday: That’s a big number

October 8, 2014


For about half the population, that’s a scary number. For the other half, it’s a fond remembrance of when they were young. Either way, it’s an emotionally loaded number–a figure that has meaning beyond just marking the end of your fourth decade. Forty may be the beginning of the end. Maybe it’s the beginning of a second, better half of life.

Maybe it’s a number that once seemed impossible to reach, if the person was in a violent situation or had major health problems.

Whatever the case, today’s exercise is to write about a character’s reaction to the number forty (or feel free to substitute a number of your own choosing).

Time limit: 30 minutes.


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