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Use this writing prompt to reveal ideas for your next essay, poem, or chapter

One of the things I love about teaching is what I learn from it myself. In a recent memoir writing class, I gave students a writing prompt based on a story I’d heard about a man who only wrote in lists.

I told the student to write their memoir in 20 statements.

What they wrote was revealing, funny, and at times sad. I also realized that each statement could be a springboard for writing an essay, a chapter for a longer manuscript, or a poem.

If you’re searching for a way into your writing, try it yourself and see what you come up with.

For more ideas about ways to write a memoir, read my posts Four ways to write about your life and Four ways to write about your life, part 2.

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  1. I love prompts as I have utilized several to create novels and short stories. I create a weekly prompt on my writers group website every Saturday too –

    January 29, 2014

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