Write for You: Where’s the Fire?

by Nancy Casey

Fire is warm. It burns. It glows. It can smolder, or explode.

Write a page that describes some of the fires in your life.

What kind of fire keeps you warm as the season gets colder? Many different kinds of things can keep such fires going—wood, electricity, fossil fuels. Do different fires warm you in different ways throughout the day?

Where are the fires that cook your food?

Think about all the things that you see during the day that give off light. What is burning to make that light?

You burn energy inside your body, too. And people talk about neurons that “fire” when we think and act. Do you have a sense of those kinds of fires burning inside you?

Sometimes the word “fire” is used in a descriptive way. What burns inside a person who has a “firey personality?” What happens inside a conversation when it turns into a “firey exchange?”

Where are the flames when you feel a burning desire for something? What kind of spark causes a person to burn with rage? What catches fire when somebody or something “crashes and burns?”

What glows? What shines? Every time you aren’t engulfed in total frozen darkness, there has to be some kind of fire somewhere.

Write about some of the different fires that burn or have burned in your life. From the tiny fires that keep the inner and outer world going. To the big conflagrations that change everything at once. And all the medium-sized fires in between.

When you have filled a page, give your work a title. Make sure the date is on it somewhere, too. Add decoration and color to the page as needed. Here is an example of what a person could write.

Share what you have written! Post it as a comment below. You can type in your work. Or post a picture of it.


Nancy Casey has lived in Latah County for many years. Sometimes she teaches writing classes at the Recovery Center. You can find more of her work here. She offers (free!) writing help to anyone in recovery. This can be for any kind of writing project—resumes, letters, stories novels—email latahrecoverycenter@gmail.com for more information.

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