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Writing Prompt: Great Granddaughter of a Bit of Inspiration

by Matilda Butler on January 20, 2015

Writing Prompt LogoPost #204 – Women’s Memoirs, Writing Prompts and Life Prompts – Matilda Butler

A Last Visit to Inspirational Writing Prompts (at Least for Now)

This is my last return to the topic of inspirational/motivational messages. In previous posts I’ve written about inspirational messages that I photographed while walking around Oregon State University. I wanted to document as many as possible because a new theme will soon appear on the next set of campus banners. All of the OSU themes are interesting, but I especially like these when interpreted as writing prompts as well as personal messages for writers.

Here are two more of these messages. Of course, these statements aren’t about the craft of writing, or plot, or story structure. But being inspired in your life and your writing is quite motivational.

Here are the links to the previous three:

1. A Bit of Inspiration

2. Daughter of a Bit of Inspiration

3. Granddaughter of a Bit of Inspiration

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Inspirational writing promptWriting Prompt #1. You Climb Mountains. I’m not an actual mountain climber and you may not be either. But life offers us many mountains. Sometimes we find a way around a mountainous challenge. Other times, we climb right up and over the situation. I find the concept of climbing a mountain to be exhilarating and frightening. And, truth be told, that’s the way I feel about many of life challenges. How about you?

Think about the mountains you have already climbed and some you know are ahead. Use the following prompts and write for five minutes about each.

  • What situation/mountain have you faced and overcome that means the most to you?
  • What situation/mountain was too much for you yet you know you did your best in trying to climb it?
  • What situation/mountain are you climbing now?
  • What is the situation/mountain you most worry about climbing?


  • It’s nice knowing “You Climb Mountains.” If it is something we already do, then we can continue doing it.

    Writing promptsWriting Prompt #2. You Ignite Excellence. As the final inspirational statement and writing prompt in this series, I thought “excellence” would be just the right topic. Everything we do in life is more personally satisfying and has better outcomes when we strive for excellence. But excellence takes extra time and effort so we need to appreciate those times when we feel what we are doing is important enough to merit the extra energy.

    Choose one or more of the following statements and write for five minutes.

  • What is the one area where I feel I can claim excellence?
  • What area do I want to bring to a higher level of excellence?
  • In what ways do I encourage excellence in others?

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    In previous weeks did you write the list of motivational messages and post them near your desk? I hope so. Here are the two from this week:

    1- I Climb Mountains
    2- I Ignite Excellence

    All of the concepts in the four blog posts have been meaningful to me as I think about my life and what I hope to accomplish. I love how inspiration comes from so many places when we are on the lookout. I hope you have found some motivation and inspiration in these statements.

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    Writing Prompt: Granddaughter of a Bit of Inspiration

    by Matilda ButlerJanuary 13, 2015
    Writing Prompt: Granddaughter of a Bit of Inspiration

    The next set of inspirational writing prompts to get you thinking and writing and valuing all your many talents.

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    Writing Prompt: Daughter of A Bit of Inspiration

    by Matilda ButlerJanuary 6, 2015
    Writing Prompt: Daughter of A Bit of Inspiration

    Here are five writing prompts (Part 2) designed to give you inspirational messages about your life. Which ones will you write about?

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    Memoir Planning: Getting Ready for 2015

    by Matilda ButlerDecember 30, 2014
    Memoir Planning: Getting Ready for 2015

    The new year is almost here. Today’s article helps your plan for your 2015 writing accomplishments.

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    Memoir Writing Prompt: Recalling Previous Holiday Seasons

    by Matilda ButlerDecember 23, 2014
    Memoir Writing Prompt: Recalling Previous Holiday Seasons

    Gifts and gift giving are part of this holiday season. These writing prompts just might give you an idea for the perfect family gift.

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    Memoir Writers, Stretch Yourselves: All Is Revealed

    by Matilda ButlerDecember 9, 2014
    Memoir Writers, Stretch Yourselves: All Is Revealed

    Memoir Writers: Watch Matilda’s stretch goal and then decide what you’ll do to stretch yourself in the coming months.

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    Writing Prompts: Thanksgiving and Gratitude

    by Matilda ButlerNovember 25, 2014
    Writing Prompts: Thanksgiving and Gratitude

    No matter how busy you are, there’s always time for gratitude. Today’s memoir writing prompt will help you get started on a more thorough consideration of your life and all that you’re grateful for.

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