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"I Can Shake off Everything as I Write," Anne Frank - Writing Prompts & Inspiration from Literary Grannies

Posted on the 22 January 2015 by Juliejordanscott @juliejordanscot

  Anne Frank Final


“I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.”

Anne Frank



I started my day today like I often do: writing my morning pages. Today I was settled into questions left over from yesterday. I spent the most time dealing with fear, an arch nemesis of many. I have regular wrestling matches with fear and this session was one of my most productive yet.


I asked myself, “What is frightening me right now?” and “What is it about this particular fear that interferes with me visualizing and reaching my goals?”


Instantly, my pen moved across my notebook page, giving birth to several a-ha’s which I can now use to transform those fears into inspiration.


Now that’s valuable insight thanks to literary granny, Anne Frank.


I know, she never had children so how could she be a Granny?


Her words continue to have life. They gave me life today and helped me dismantle my fear.


Let’s start our prompts with those same questions I asked.




What is frightening you right now?


What is it about this particular fear that interferes with me visualizing and reaching my goals?


 What do you routinely “shake off” when you write?

 How does writing make you feel more courageous? Bonus: Building on that realization, what actions will you take as a result?

 What areas of your life would benefit from you choosing to write in order to have your courage be reborn?


Make a list of 5 - 10 times you found courage via writing

Make a list of 5 to 10 literary heroes who were brave in spite of sorrows

Conventional Writing Prompts

 If my courage was reborn, I would be able to…

 When I settle into my writing just for the sake of writing, what I notice is…


Main image inspired by literary grannies

Why be inspired by literary grannies? Read the introductory post here - 

 This series (now a part of the Ultimate Blog Challenge) is also Let Your Words Flow Writing Prompts & Moreserving as a bridge to my new blog which will be unveiled in the middle of the month. In past blog challenges I have offered prompts under the "Let Your Words Flow" name. The Inspiration from Literary Grannies serve as a subset of that series.

 I welcome your comments, your questions and your quote contributions. Please share the prompts with your writing buddies and friends!

 In fact, as you read books written by women in 2015, take note of inspiring quotes. I would love to add them to my collection and may even write a prompt from them.


 My fav selfieJulie Jordan Scott is a writer, creative life coach, speaker, performance poet, Mommy and mixed-media artist  whose Writing Camps and Writing Playgrounds permanently transform people's creative lives. Watch for the announcement of new programs coming Winter 2015 and beyond.

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