steam train

When Caroline Meeber boarded the afternoon train for Chicago, her total outfit consisted of a small trunk, a cheap imitation alligator-skin satchel, a small lunch in a paper box, and a yellow leather snap purse, containing her ticket, a scrap of paper with her sister’s address in Van Buren Street, and four dollars in money.- Theodore Dreiser, Sister Carrie

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the first line of the week as the starting point or inspiration for a scene, story, poem, or haiku.

Journaling Prompt: Write about the first trip you ever took on your own.

Art Prompt: Young girl on a train

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about the benefits of travel.

Photo Credit: Scott_Calleja on Flickr

4 Responses to Prompt #567 First Line of the Week – Theodore Dreiser

  1. Cass says:

    This is such a wonderful website! I am so inspired as I go back through your other prompts. I know I will be back again….
    The first trip I ever took on my own was from Toronto, Ontario, Canada to Ashland, Kentucky, USA. I was 16, it was by Greyhound bus and went off without a hitch. But for all the planning my parents did, one would have expected I was attempting to cross the Atlantic in a tin cup! I had a great week with friends and came home without a scratch.
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    • Liz says:

      What a great story, Cass! If you write it up, be sure to link to it here, so I can feature you in the Carnival. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Matilda Sjödell says:

    The first trip I ever made was long before I had a language. I was 6 months old and my Swedish mum and I flew from South Korea where I was born and to my new home, Sweden. 🙂 Thank you for this prompt!

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