“Anybody who has survived his childhood has enough information about life to last him the rest of his days.” Flannery O’Connor,
Use these ideas to get started on your writing…
- What happened? Tell the story of what happened today, yesterday, last year…
- Change the names and location of the above and write a new story.
- Draw a map of your house when you were younger. Add notes about events that happened in different rooms (learned to sew, broke my arm, mom got mad, …)
- Draw a map of where you grew up. Label the map with events that happened to you and others in your neighborhood.
- Make a list of people who are important to you. Add notes about stories you could tell about those people.
- Make a list of places that are important to you. Add notes about stories you could tell about those places.
- If your house were on fire and everyone (including the pets) was out, what 5 items would you want to run in and retrieve? What one item?
- Tell about the first time you… rode a bike, fell in love, spent your own money, got lost, built/ created something, …
- Write about someone important to you who has died.
- Write the conversation you would love to have with someone living or dead. What would you say? What would that person say?
- Write everything you know about _____________ (a sport, a person, a hobby, a country, the Civil War, …).
- What is your opinion about ______________? Why? (noise, TV, cell phones, cars, the Olympics, euthanasia, abortion, celebrities, the death penalty, saving money, spending money, global warming, …)
- What might someone who disagrees with you say about the above topic? Why is that person wrong?
- Make a list of jokes. Make up your own jokes.
- Write snippets of conversation that you overheard.
I’ll keep adding to this list.