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A writing prompt was posted the other day and I took interest in it.  The other writers did a smash-up job creating a story to go along with a black and white photo from a dark moment in American history.   I gave myself a few minutes to write to the photo.  Driving home from work I realized that I did a smash-up job gathering Southern stereotypes and dumping them on the page.  I realized what sets the others’ work apart from mine: their originality.   So I have learned from this. The prompts keep me learning, and I am so grateful for that.