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March prompts (for April meeting)

Your First Story

  • November and March celebrate you. November lauds your life. The first full week of March extols your name. This month’s writing prompt is an oldy and we have done it before. But if you are curious about why you were named the name you were and what your name means, this non-fiction prompt might be the one for you.
  • Your First Real Story: The Story of Your NameGail De Vos created this prompt designed to reintroduce you to your name and inspire you to learn about yourself and your life story.

    Describe your name in a story which will entertain your audience and you, and tell them and yourself about you. Ask and answer questions like these (not all questions need to be answered) to help you tell your name’s story. What is your name? What does it mean? How did you get it and who gave it to you? If you were named after some one or some place or some thing, what is that person, place or thing’s story? Do you like your name? Why or why not? If not, what would you like to be named and why? What does your name mean to others? Who and why?

    Here is my response to this prompt.

Sketching and Storytelling

  • Write Group Logo — March is the month for sketching (more) and storytelling. Tell us your story of what writing, a writing group and our Write Group mean to you by creating a logo for us.
  • Fan Fable — Alternatively, you can choose to write a fan folktale or fable (more) or perhaps a poem.
  • Connecting Days — Since March observes storytelling, folktales, reading and St. Patrick’s Day, for this month’s prompt, write a poem, essay or short story that combines St. Patrick’s Day, April 1, oral storytelling, and folktale or fable. Have fun and keep writing.

From Observances to Prompts

  • In addition to the March-inspired prompts above, the following were also inspired by March observances.
  • Books and Libraries — It is often said that writers write what they want to read but cannot find. Suppose you took this to heart. You even envision a title, cover and blurb for a book. But then you find a specialty library of rare books and in the back shelf of the back corner you find your book. Write this story.
  • Reading and Literacy — Sometimes, after you master them, it is best to break all the rules, to throw literacy and grammar to the wind. Sometimes story comes alive when it has voice instead of correctness. Write a piece which breaks the rules to enhance the story.
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