Writing Prompt: Daughter of A Bit of Inspiration

by Matilda Butler on January 6, 2015

Writing Prompt LogoPost #202 – Women’s Memoirs, Writing Prompts and Life Prompts – Matilda Butler

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A few weeks ago, I posted five inspirational messages that I photographed on the campus of Oregon State University. I’ve now returned to the campus and have found five more to share with you.

In particular, I was taken with the feeling of these messages. And while they start with a “YOU,” I hope you’ll change each into an “I.” This personalization helps both for inspiration and in our writing.

Okay. Here are five more messages.

[Did you miss the previous article in this series? Here’s the link.]

Memoir Writing Prompts

inspirational writing promptWriting Prompt #1. You are Unique. Do you deflect compliments? If someone tells you what a great job you have done, do you say “Oh, anyone would have done the same.” Many of us don’t like to stand out. We feel we make our contribution and that is to be expected.

But this inspirational banner reminds us that we are unique. What we do and the way in which we do it can be considered unique. We should be proud of that uniqueness whether it be in our relationships, our approach to life, our cooking, our writing. Relish uniqueness.

Write a paragraph or two about something you have done that is unique. Or, instead of focusing on a specific thing you have done, write about ways in which you are unique. Your uniqueness is a vital part of your memoir writing and this prompt may give you new or deeper insights.

inspirational writing promptsWriting Prompt #2. You Push Yourself. Busy every minute of the day? Do you push yourself in so many directions? Working hard leads to achievements and so we can appreciate our own efforts.

What if you make a list of ways in which you push yourself. Then rank order that list from most important to least. Write a paragraph about the item on the top of your list and then a paragraph about the item on the bottom. Do you give equal attention to both? Which is more important. Sometimes the easier task is taken first even if it isn’t as important.

Consider “pushing yourself” in the coming week only on tasks that you place a high value on. That may give you both more time and more energy for them.

inspirational writing promptsWriting Prompt #3. You Define Innovation. What might this inspirational message mean? Consider that you get to define what is innovative about your life, about how you approach it, about what you do, about how you explain it to others.

Your life story has much in common with others. That is the universal in what you write. But it is what you have done with your life that shows your innovative ways of solving problems, taking advantage of sometimes impossible situations, or turning lemons into lemonade.

Write a paragraph that specifically focuses on what is innovative in your life. If you reject the idea, give it some thought. I think you will be surprised at just how innovative you are.

writing prompts with inspirational messagesWriting Prompt #4. You Seek Solutions. It’s easy to see problems. Our lives are full of them. And some people only see their lives in terms of difficulties.

But I’m willing to bet that you are one of those who seeks solutions to problems. Sure we can’t have everything go perfectly. That’s not the point or even an option. Instead, it is the challenge of seeking solutions. Notice, I said “seek solutions” not “find solutions.” True. You usually do find a solution to your problem, but what matters is that you seek them.

Think about a problem you had and how you sought to find a solution. This might be a solution to a big problem or just a solution to a small problem. Remember the scene. Then write a paragraph (or two) about how you sought a solution. This exercise may give you new insights into this positive attribute that you have — seeking solutions.

Inspirational writing promptsWriting Prompt #5. You Define Passion. Isn’t this a great message! Say it aloud, “I define passion.” It is an empowering message. It shows that you care about what you do. It means you have a passion for life. It states that you do care.

As soon as you saw this banner, you may have started nodding your head. You know you define passion and can already think of many ways that this is true. If so, write a paragraph about the first idea that came to you. Use “show” rather than “tell.” Include details, maybe dialogue, maybe sensory elements.

Maybe you shook your head instead. Not sure if you consider yourself passionate about anything? If so, I doubt this is true. Spend five or ten minutes with a piece of paper and pen or even the computer screen in front of you. Think about what is important to you. As the banner says, “You define passion.” You don’t have to worry about what others say or even how they define passion. Write your own definition and then write about how you express passion — for life, for friendship(s), for family, for work, for writing, etc.

During the coming week, think about these five inspirational messages and how you have responded to them:

1- I Am Unique
2- I Push Myself
3- I Define Innovation
4- I Seek Solutions
5- I Define Passion

You might even want to write them on a single piece of paper and keep them posted where you can regularly see them. I hope they inspire you as much as they inspire me.

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