Writing Prompt: The Gift That Got Away

By Lorinda Toledo

lorinda_150x150You know that toy you wanted really, really bad when you were a kid? That thing you begged your parents for but never got?


When you’re a kid, not getting the gift you’ve prayed and hoped for can be a bit traumatic. To this day — nearly 30 years after the fact — my poor boyfriend still thinks about the Christmas gift that got away. Scroll down to read his story.


Now that Christmas is over, make sure to give yourself the kind of gift that is priceless–a Writing Pad class. Our classes help you reach your dreams of writing and selling your story, novel, screenplay, or memoir! Check out Writing Pad’s veritable feast of 2014 classes below. Beneath the decadent class list is also a free writing prompt! Just what you wanted–we know!


2014 Classes And Events


A Date With Cindy Chupack


Writing and Publishing the Modern Short Story
Memorable Memoir Bootcamp
Memorable Memoir 1 Day (Online)
Memorable Memoir Bootcamp (Online)
A Novel Approach
Novel Bootcamp
Novel Writing 1 Night (Online)
Novel Bootcamp (Online)


Journalism/Writing For the Web
Writing and Publishing the Personal Essay (1-day)
Writing the Op-ed or Cultural Essay
Writing and Publishing the Personal Essay (5-wk)
#FameSuccessLove: Harnessing The Power of Twitter
Pitching For The Press: A Query Letter Clinic
Writing Interviews and Reviews For Magazines or Newspapers
From Blog Post To Book Deal: A Blog Writing Workshop
Advanced Personal Essay Class (Online)


Multi-Genre/Creative Writing
Writingpalooza: Find Your Literary Mojo
Writingpalooza: Find Your Literary Mojo (Online)


Writing Accessible Poems


Nonfiction Book Proposal
How to Hook an Agent


Indies to Blockbusters
Writing the TV Comedy
From Slashers To Body Snatchers: Writing The Horror Screenplay
Hollywood Insider: Breaking Into The Biz
Dream It, Write It, Pitch It: Screenwriting Bootcamp


Writing for Actors/Writing For The Stage
Life Is A Many-Storied Thing: A Storytelling Workshop (1 Day)
Going For The Gut: A Storytelling Workshop (1 Day)
One Person Show Workshop
Grand Slam Story: A Storytelling Workshop (5 Wk)



Writing Prompt:

For this week’s writing prompt, make a list of three things that you wanted (or a fictional character wanted) for Christmas or Hanukkah that you never received. Pick one. Add a sensory detail to it (the smell of new plastic, the feeling of silk, the taste of homemade cookies from your Betty Crocker oven). Now write down what you got instead of the gift that you wanted. Now, write about the gifts for 10 minutes, including the sensory detail, and post your story in the comments of this blog. You could win a free class!


Back in the 1980s, my boyfriend, Todd, was a little skateboarder with big dreams. And what he really wanted for Christmas was a Pro-tec skateboarding helmet just like his idols — Steve Caballero and Tony Hawk — used to wear. He couldn’t wait to run his hands over the smooth, sleek top of the helmet. He even saved up special skate stickers to decorate it with. On Christmas morning, though, not only did he not get it, the gift he did get was like adding salt to the wound. Instead of a helmet, he got knee pads and wrist guards. It was as if Santa had said, go ahead, son, crack your head open — as long as those limbs are in good shape. It was so close to what he wanted that it was painful.


Of course, some people have it much worse. Maybe you’ve never received any Christmas presents at all. Maybe you’ve never once found the gift you were really hoping for under your tree. Or maybe, you’ve been lucky to get everything you’ve wanted — but aren’t so sure you’ve always done a great job of gift giving to others.


For this week’s writing prompt, write about a gift that you wished for but never got. Post your 10 minute write in the comments of this blog, and you could win a free class!