NYWC Prompt-A-Day: Expectations

April is National Poetry Month, and to help you dig into NaPoWriMo (or whatever poem-a-day challenge you’ve taken on), NYWC brings you Prompt-a-Day. All month long we’ll feature the writing prompts that really get us going — morsels of inspiration from staff members, workshop leaders and participants, and even from some of our favorite poets and writers. So good luck, dear poets — and remember to check back tomorrow for another one! 

Today’s prompt comes to us from NYWC workshop leader Melody Nixon. She facilitates a writing workshop at the Ali Forney Center.

“No matter how far ahead I get, I always feel behind… We on, tryna be better than everybody that’s better than everybody.”~ Kendrick Lamar, “Control”

What is expected of you? What do you expect of yourself? What do you expect of other people? In poetry or prose, song lyrics or dialog, write about expectations. These can be expectations a character has of themselves, or the expectations that the world around places on them.

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