Writing 101, Day Sixteen: Serial Killer III

Today, imagine you work in a place where you manage lost or forgotten items. What might you find in the pile? For those participating in our serial challenge, reflect on the theme of “lost and found,” too.

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Imagine you had a job in which you had to sift through forgotten or lost belongings. Describe a day in which you come upon something peculiar, or tell a story about something interesting you find in a pile.

For inspiration, ponder the phrase “lost and found.” What do you think about or visualize when you read this phrase? For an elementary schooler, it might be a box in their classroom, full of forgotten jackets and random toys. For a frequent traveler, it might be a facility in an airport, packed with lost phones, abandoned bags, and misplaced items.

On day four, you wrote about losing something. On day thirteen, you then wrote about finding something. So, today’s twist: If you’d like to continue our serial challenge, also reflect on the theme of “lost and found” more generally in this post.

By the end of Writing 101, you’ll have multiple posts around a theme — material you could thread together in a longform piece.

Questions to think about as you write your post:

  • What have you learned about loss over the years?
  • What does it feel like to find an object that was once important to you?
  • When can reconnecting go horribly wrong?
  • When are things better left buried and forgotten?

In your “lost and found” tale, tell us something larger — a life lesson, perhaps — about finding and losing something.

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    1. Thanks for diving in and writing something very personal and emotional. You captured this day well — as a child, it’s confusing, uncertain, painful.

      It’s OK if you didn’t like these “serial” posts — we asked you to think about themes and questions that might be challenging. Thanks for going for it and participating.


    1. Friday’s Writing 101 assignment wasn’t quite the same, although I see what you mean about the similar themes of loss — that wasn’t intentional, and I suspect if some of you interpreted Friday’s prompt loosely, it might blend into this one. My apologies — I should have noticed this. Although I think there are still many other avenues for exploration.


    1. Succinct yet full of emotion.

      I’ve found that yes, this “lost and found” theme we’ve introduced into the “serial” posts can lead to some sad posts among some — but they’re very powerful.


      1. I think this theme is offered as a serial because there is a very strong and deep connection between the loss and what comes after. And almost everybody can feel emotionally involved for at least once in life we all had something or somebody lost.

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  2. I lost my bunny sift toy when I was 3. I just found it this year! It’s been 8 years. I love it so much! I was so confused when I found it in my house… I thought it was a spooky doll left behind by a little girl way before I lived in the house. Then I realized by flicking through photos that the bunny s mine and I had lost it all that time.


  3. Writing 101, Day Sixteen. I don’t know why, this story, way too long, just absolutely poured out of me after I saw today’s assignment. As if by magic. I would love to have any comments/feedback. Thank you, and for the fun assignment. “Gone Missing At the Community Center” is right here: www,buddycushmanart.com


  4. Interesting question, but I can’t think of a thing I have lost that made a difference in my life. Unless, that ‘thing’ is someone I loved. Grosse (gro see) was my inspiration. She was my husband’s grandmother. A hair over 5′ tall, she was American born, the middle daughter in a German immigrant family. She worked in the family business with the tenacity and work ethic of her father, so he left the business to her when he died. She ran that business and expanded it, successfully, for 20 years. She was retired when I met her. A unique, unconventional, highly intelligent character, she always partook of a single bottle of beer every night from the case stowed under her bed. We hit it off great. She died of a heart attack at 70. She was fun. She was smart. She was my role model. God Bless you, Grosse, I miss you every day.


  5. This story takes place two years after the second part but can be considered as a stand-alone entry. 🙂 This turned out to be very wordy, I don’t know why. I just felt like rambling on an on about the whole details about the house and small anecdotes about character’s past. 😀

    What do you guys think? Was it too long and too elaborately detailed? Also, could you rank which entry was your favorite in the series? I think this is the weakest of the three but that’s just me. 🙂

    Any kind of feedback would be lovely! 🙂