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Blog Exercises: What Story Would You Want to Hear Told?

Blog Exercises on Lorelle on WordPress.I’m in a local writer’s group that meets once a week to test our mettle in creative writing. I have to share with you a prompt from last week that haunts me still.

A prompt is a topic used to inspire creative writing. Anything can be a prompt, but a well-formed prompt in the right situation can inspire. The staff at WordPress.com have created The Daily Post and they offer Daily Prompts for WordPress.com members and others.

This one came at the right time and the right place, and to the right people.

Imagine you made it to heaven, and you knew who you were, and you were able to look down upon your daughter and your grandchildren. What story would you wish to hear your daughter tell your grandchildren?

You may change sexes and mix this up a bit, but this is your prompt and blog exercise today.

Blog Exercise Task from Lorelle on WordPress.Share the story with your readers that you would wish to hear your daughter tell your grandchildren.

This is a great way to connect to your readers, letting them see the real person behind the sales pitch. As always, frame this in a way that best complements your site and audience.

You may wish to make the story represent the truth, or if you are a creative writer, consider telling this as a fictional story – warning your audience, of course.

It was fascinating to hear the writer’s in the group share their stories after 15 minutes of tears, frustrated frowns, and heads bowed over paper scratching out poems and stories. Each took this prompt in their own direction, some very personal, some fictional but also deeply personal.

We’d just lost a couple dear members of our group to death, and two others were seriously ill and not expected to live out the summer. Individually, many of us have lost loved ones this year, some very recently, so this was a very touching prompt – and a bit cathartic.

The group is made up of people of all ages and writing experience, which makes this a fun group to be involved with. Each person brings their own experiences to the table, led by the indomitable spirit of author MJ Nordgren.

Consider part two of your blog exercise today to locate a writer’s group near you. If you are lucky, you might even find a blogging group or WordPress Meetup near you. If you can’t find one, start your own. Make a commitment to meet with others at least once a month to write together and learn more about how to write. It will help your blogging immensely.

Remember to include a hat tip link back to this post to create a trackback, or leave a properly formed link in the comments so participants can check out your blog exercise task.

You can find more Blog Exercises on . This is a year-long challenge to help you flex your blogging muscles.


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3 Comments

  1. Posted August 1, 2013 at 8:47 am | Permalink

    Lorelle,
    Thank you for this most helpful tip. Writers can list scenarios which act as prompts for an hour, and have enough topics for many future posts.
    Thank you,
    Jerry

  2. Posted August 1, 2013 at 9:01 am | Permalink

    “meddle in creative writing” — I think you meant mettle: “A person’s ability to cope well with difficulties or to face a demanding situation in a spirited and resilient way” instead of meddle: ” To intrude into other people’s affairs or business; interfere.”

    • Posted August 1, 2013 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

      That’s what I get for trying to be creative with my creative writing! Thanks.


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