You Must Remember Every Scar

NCWA welcomes Joe Bunting from The Write Practice in a series of writing prompts.

This post contains excerpts from Joe’s e-book. See links following post to obtain the complete version.


“The only requirement to be a writer,” said Stephen King, “is the ability to remember every scar.”

The true writer enters into wounds. Sometimes she enters into her own, often into the wounds of others, and occasionally even into the wounds of people she makes up.

The writer enters into wounds because she knows when she confronts the wound, she will discover the secret of life: Wounds turn into beautiful scars.
Discussion Question: What wound do you need to confront?

The Prompt
Tell the story of one of your scars. You don’t have to share this with your writing group, but I’m sure they would be honored if you did.


Excerpts and writing prompt from Joe Bunting’s e-book,

14 Prompts, available by clicking on the link.


Joe Bunting is the founder of  The Write Practice. He loves the sound of a good sentence and would like to think of himself as a literary snob but can be kept up far too late by a page turner meant for thirteen year old girls. He would like for you not to know that though. He and his wife, Talia, enjoy playing backgammon and Angry Birds on her iPhone. View his website.


One thought on “You Must Remember Every Scar

  1. I’ve actually written this story before–it’s a great prompt. I was so proud of it! It was a memoir about my scars and my birthmarks. Hope it opens up creative doors for others :]


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