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June prompts (for September meeting)

Another Write Group year has come to an end. It has been a great year and I hope you achieved your writing goals and had fun doing so. Thank you for sharing your passion and engagement. Enjoy these prompts we have collected over several Junes as I wish you a happy Summer.

A Fun Thank You

  • Trading Perspective — Look at something that stirs some emotion in you, or at something that decidedly does not. Is it beautiful, ugly, sad, joyful? Take a picture of it at its best, or worst. Then look at you contemplating it from its perspective. What emotion is stirred in it? Describe what it sees.
  • Save Your (Fill in the Blank) From Committing Suicide — One of the items in your house has decided to commit suicide, but you will not let it happen on your watch. Write the scene where you catch the item on the verge of taking its life and your attempt to talk the item out of it. (This is a creative writing prompt from Writer’s Digest.)
  • Significant Tradition — Canada Day and Summer are full of traditions, some communal, some private. What is your most precious tradition (it does not have to be restricted to Canada Day nor Summer)? Why is it precious? What does it involve? What is it tied to? Where did it come from? Who do (will) you share it with, or do (will) you? What does it mean to that person or those people? Will you always keep it, or will you let it go?

A Carnival of Words

  • Word Zentangle — Zentangles are structured scribbles or patterns whose whole is beautiful and parts are deliberate and thoughtful. The zen of the zentangle comes from the process, rather than the product; each stroke is intended to be meaningful and reflective. Zentangle patterns usually stem from drawings, but can also develop from words. Create a word zentangle that celebrates story or your writing and the words that awaken it.
  • Words in Progress — Writer’s Digest has a list of thirty June writing assignments you can undertake to help you begin and polish that partially hewn, sleep-stripping work in progress.

Reflection of Yourself

  • Precipice — A few of you graduated this year. Some graduated not long ago. Some some time ago. Either way, you have some opinion about this time in your life. What advice would you give your 18-year-old self? Write a poem, story, letter or article to yourself at 18 (year after graduation), giving yourself advice on the big things, and the small ones. If you are looking forward to 18, looking back at it, or looking at it, what advice would you give yourself? What insights would you reveal? Read this letter for inspiration.
  • Summer Work — Since we have three months until we meet again, my challenge to you is to complete a work — a poem, a story, a chapter, a post, a collection — to share when we meet again in September. Specifically, if you have nothing on the go right now, write a poem or story to yourself about how Summer influences your desire to write. Perhaps include things you did (wrote) or will do (write) over the Summer. This can be a letter from yourself at the end of Summer to yourself at its beginning. It can be a letter from yourself now about what you hope your ideal Summer (writing) will be. Of course, it doesn’t have to be a letter, and it should not be broad. Focus on something significant (in Summer), even a single moment or realization, and get us to experience that.
  • Why a writer? — This one is simple. The title asks it all.

From Observances to Prompts

  • There are fewer writing observances in June than in other months, but that does not make these observances less significant nor less inspiring. Check out the June observances and see what inspires you.
  • Celebrating Writing Tools — June observes the invention of the pencil, ball-point pen and typewriter, all of which were successfully introduced this month. The development of the word processor was more gradual and lacks an anniversary date, though the first novel ever written using a word processor (set on the fictional date of June 31) is known. What would writing be like without these writing tools? What future writing tools can you imagine? Let your speculation roll.
  • Trivia and History — There is a fine line between trivia and history. When is one too mundane or too significant to be the other? When do the two not interact and contribute to each other? June observes archives, family history, columnists and trivia. Pretend you are a columnist, pick or invent an event (private or public), then report on the intersection of trivia and history as seen in this event.
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