Memoir Prompt: 14 Statements

by Matilda Butler on February 24, 2015

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What Defines You and Your Beliefs?

Memoir writing promptHere’s a sign I saw recently. Okay. It was in the Women’s Room at Daylight Mind Cafe in Kona, Hawaii. Warm tropical breezes. A lovely meal on the lanai. Views of the ocean. The hint of salt in the air. And yes, a dessert of two cups of Kona coffee made using a full immersion brew method with the thick fragrant coffee poured after four minutes.

I’m always excited when I find a new vegan-friendly restaurant so our lunch was the opportunity to check out the menu and the location. We’ll go back many times to this place. Great location. Great staff. And a chef more than willing to meet my vegan gluten-free meal request.

memoir writing promptWell, back to the sign. We tried two Kona coffees and that meant a trip to the restroom before taking off to get apple bananas, papayas, and avocados at the farmers’ market across the street. As soon as I saw the sign, I knew it was perfect as a writing prompt.

Memoir Writing Prompt

1. Here’s my suggestion. I count 14 separate statements on the sign, and I’ve listed them below. As your writing prompt today, read the following statements. Then figure out your own list and write it down. Your list might be humorous, spiritual, practical, frivolous or a mix of all four. The point is to think about 14 statements you’d enjoy sharing with others. These should be statements that express you and your perspective on life.

1. Smile
2. Share joy and kindness
3. Play outside
4. Dance in the rain
5. Eat a cupcake
6. Smell the roses
7. Sing loud and proud
8. Be happy
9. Listen & learn
10. Laugh out loud
11. Snuggle & hug
12. Be thoughtful and gracious
13. Dream big
14. Enjoy life

2. Now that you have your list, have the fun of turning them into a paper sign. What order will you put them in? What font sizes will you use? Maybe you want to add a bit of decoration. Once you are happy with the result, print several copies and share with your family and friends. Pass on your 14 statements.

3. If you are now fully engaged in this topic, take your five favorite statements and write a few paragraphs about each. Why is the statement important to you? What life experience stands behind this statement. What do you hope someone reading your statement will get out of it?

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