Okay, so last year, I started my own blogging challenge, so I would continue researching and writing about my family history. A couple of years ago, I found an old genealogy site by Amy Johnson Crow, 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks. Although the writing venture had ended, I followed it anyway, and it opened up a door of incredible discoveries about my family. As my year crept to a close, I longed for another writing quest, but I could not find anything. That fall, I got busy and created my own writing challenge called My Tales, and I opened it up to other writers. It was a fun experience, and I did have a few bloggers participate on a regular basis.
Once the year came to a close, I didn’t know what my next move should be, for I learned that Amy Johnson Crow had started up her writing prompts once more. One fellow blogger enquired if I were going to continue. Although I hated to see it end, I didn’t see the point since I knew I wanted to follow Amy’s new prompts for the year.
Still, I started wondering about some of the things my bloggers, friends, and family had stated. One blogger told me that she enjoyed my site and enjoyed writing challenges, but she also shared that she just couldn’t bring herself to write about her family. Even my own grandkids had their spin on the family tales. While they loved the history, they wanted to know more about my life and their mom’s childhood too. With that in mind, I decided to give My Tales another shot, except this time I would focus on prompts that could involve more individuals, for it could still include genealogy buffs as well as folks that love to write about life.
This time, I will do bi-weekly writing prompts, and I hope participants will continue to share their stories. Here are the January Themes. Happy Writing!
January 6 – 12 – Unusual Mail
Share about the craziest items you found in your mailbox, or something personal that meant the world to you.
January 20 – 26 – The Classic Nickname
What Nicknames Have You Ever Gotten or Given?
Week of February 3 – 9 – Magical Moments
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner share a favorite memory.
- Was is it a Valentine from a secret admirer?
- Did you have a special Valentine Party at school?
- Did you share a romantic evening with someone special? Share your favorite memory.
Do You Wish You Could Return to Moments From Your Past?
Nostalgia is a sentimental yearning for how things used to be or how they were for a brief moment. Do you ever feel nostalgic about your childhood or other times in your life?
Who are the storytellers in your family? Write their stories or share a favorite tale.
This prompt offers so many ideas. Write about a favorite found object. Or write about an interesting ancestor and their story. Endless possibilities….
7 Days in 7 Lines
Write a poem where each line is about each day of your week.
Write about a favorite place or the street where you lived. This topic has some endless possibilities, so let your imagination take control!