Writing Prompt: Surgical Memory Removal

A writing prompt I received once, back in the day, was “Your memories of childhood will be surgically removed next Friday, write something to preserve those you wish to keep”. Hmmm, that’s a little tame for me nowadays. How about we shake this old favourite up a bit?

I want you to write about why and/or how those memories are to be removed. What disease or other problem requires this memory removal? Is it contagious? Do other people have it? Is it common, uncommon but not unknown, or bizarrely rare and only six years of visits to specialists got you to this diagnosis? Why will this save you?

Or how is it being done? Is this a scalpel kind of surgery, or lasers, or physic powers? Who is doing it, and are their goals pure?

Is it you, your partner, child, or parent losing these memories?

How will life be after?

Let’s see how crazy we can get with childhood memory removals!

Post the fiction to your own site and link back here in the comments so we can all check it out and enjoy.

About Kirstie Olley

Kirstie Olley was the President of Vision Writers Group during 2015-2018, has had ten short stories published since joining the group in 2012, has been a finalist in the Aurealis Awards and received multiple honourable mentions in the Writers Of The Future contest. She also blogs and has free fiction at her website http://www.storybookperfect.com/
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2 Responses to Writing Prompt: Surgical Memory Removal

  1. Kristen says:

    An interesting idea that could spark off in a number of different directions. It brings to mind The Sunshine of spotless mind.

  2. ChrisK says:

    I think it’s already happened. It would explain a lot about my poor memory and short attention – oooh look… SHINY!

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