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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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Memoir Writing: Strategies for the Fall

by Matilda ButlerSeptember 12, 2011
Memoir Writing: Strategies for the Fall

Ready to resume your memoir writing after a summer of fun or life interruptions? Here are suggestions to get you back to work.

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Memoir Writing Contest: The Green World of a Child by Jennifer Hazard

by Matilda ButlerSeptember 8, 2011
Memoir Writing Contest: The Green World of a Child by Jennifer Hazard

Women’s Memoirs is pleased to bring you the award-winning story by Jennifer Hazard. Jennifer recalls summer’s spent with her mother at her grandmother’s house — times of freedom and enjoyment of nature.

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Memoir Writing Contest: Yippie Yippie Green by Pamila Jo Florea

by Matilda ButlerSeptember 1, 2011
Memoir Writing Contest: Yippie Yippie Green by Pamila Jo Florea

Women’s Memoirs hopes you enjoy Pamila Jo Florea’s Yippie Yippie Green, an honorable mention winner of our March Memoir Writing Contest, Memories of Life Observed.

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Memoir Writing Contest: Green by Lynne Rees

by Matilda ButlerAugust 25, 2011
Memoir Writing Contest: Green by Lynne Rees

Women’s Memoirs is pleased to publish Lynne Rees’s award-winning memoir vignette — Green. Lynne’s story won Honorable Mention in our March Memoir Writing Contest.

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Memoir Contest Winner: Army Green by Robin Dake

by Matilda ButlerAugust 18, 2011
Memoir Contest Winner: Army Green by Robin Dake

Women’s Memoirs is delighted to publish Robin Dake’s story Army Green — an Honorable Mention winner in our Reflections on Green Memoir Writing Contest

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Memoir Writing Prompts: Rabbit, Rabbit

by Matilda ButlerAugust 9, 2011
Memoir Writing Prompts: Rabbit, Rabbit

Memoir Writing Prompts: Examine a “rabbit, rabbit” family tradition as a springboard to writing about one of yours.

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