From the book, “Just Write One Thing Today; 365 Creative Prompts to Inspire You Every Day” by John Gillard
Write about a time when you were lost, in whatever form that might be, real or metaphorical. Or write about an imaginative person who has lost their way.
John wandered down the tracks, following them as far as he could. He wasn’t planning to hop one of the trains that went by, but if he stayed by the tracks, he knew he would eventually come to where he needed to be. He had to. He’d been walking for far too long not too, and Ollis had told him to come to Mancelona and follow the tracks north.
He’d done just that, but it felt like he’d been walking forever. 14 miles. Ollis had told him to follow the track for 14 miles. It was a hot humid day, and he was tired of walking but he didn’t want to catch a ride with anyone. Besides, the way he was dressed, it wasn’t likely anyone would offer one.
He felt lost, in more ways than one. His life was a mess. Ten years in prison and no sign of hope for getting his life back together. Ten years of his life just gone. Now he was lost, just trying to find a way down the tracks. He wanted to give up, wanted to stop walking and just turn around but he something told him to keep going. Somehow, someway, he knew he would find his way. He just had to keep going.