Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Writing Prompt Wednesday: The Middle

Write about what it's like to be caught in the middle of someone else's conflict. It could be a messy divorce; it could be two friends fighting over something; it could be a literal war. It could even be something you directly or indirectly caused.

When I was in high school, I inadvertently started a big falling-out among this group of guys I knew. I had crushes on more than one of them and somehow managed to start a love... quadrangle, I guess. The worst part of the whole thing, though, was having to see them angry at each other. I hadn't anticipated how sad things would feel when the three of them stopped hanging out together even after I had made my peace with each of them. (Two of them ended up making up, luckily, but in the meantime, things were just ugly!) I didn't understand why things couldn't go back to the way they were when I had managed to accept and receive apologies

If you wanted to go an even more serious route: what about all of the conflicts in the word today? The violence in Syria? Innocent bystanders in Chicago getting caught in shootings? When the conflict is that massive and that violent, sometimes there's anger at older generations or people who were in power who could've stopped the conflict sooner. What does that anger feel like for a young person, compared to the pain felt by an older person? (Hint: Make sure to do your research for situations that you're distanced from, especially if that distance is a result of privilege!)

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