Let’s look back at 2011 and reflect on your greatest surprise. Here is an opportunity for you to just let your thoughts flow around the first thing that pops into your head. This is a five-minute writing exercise; a free-writing exercise. Open a new word document, or pick up your favorite writing instrument and get out a clean sheet of paper. Set the timer for five minutes and keep your pen/fingers moving. Spelling doesn’t count. Write what comes to the surface no matter what it is and whether or not it sounds like it belongs with this writing prompt. Repeat the phrase – my greatest surprise in 2011 – and do not think – Write! Surprise yourself! Surprise me with your response! I’d love to hear all about it.