There is in human nature a compulsion to repeat… It compels us to do again and again what we’ve done before, to attempt to restore an earlier state of being. It impels us to transfer the past – our ancient longings, our defenses against those longings – on to the present. –Necessary Losses by Judith Viorst

Fiction Writing Prompt: What is your protagonist compelled to repeat? How does this feed the conflict in your story?

Journaling Prompt: Write about a pattern that recurs in your life and what you are seeking to accomplish through it.

Art Prompt: Repetition compulsion

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the repetition compulsion, either with a humorous or dramatic personal story.

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