Welcome to day one of the Writing Your Life Seven-Day Writing Challenge. I’m so glad you decided to join in the fun.
I find that with activities like this, the more you participate, the more you get out of the process, so I encourage you to comment below, tell us how your writing is going, share a snippet or two, say hello to the other writers, make your presence known. You will benefit in many ways, especially, one by being a part of a writing community, and two, by making yourself accountable to me and others participating in the challenge.
Let’s get started. If you’ve read my book, Eating an Elephant: Write Your Life One Bite at a Time, or worked with me before, you know what a big fan I am of lists. I believe making a list is the best way to get started writing any story. It’s non-threatening; we make lists all the time. Plus, you’re able to capture a lot of information in a short space of time. It’s easy to do, and it ignites your memory.
So, let’s make a list. Set a timer for five minutes and write as quickly as you possibly can. Don’t write complete sentences; simply jot down a few words for each entry. Even if it doesn’t make sense, write it down. That very item may end up being a priceless gift from your subconscious. Okay, are you ready? Well, then, let’s go
Set aside all the electronic entertainment of today and make a list of board games you’ve played in your life. These games may have come from your childhood or ones you played with your children or grandchildren. List the names of the games and any specific memories you have associated with playing that game. Don’t stop to ponder. Just keep your pen moving and make your list as long as possibly in the allotted time.
Once the five minutes have ended, pick one of the items on your list and write about this game in detail. What was the name of the game? How was the game played? With whom did you play it? What did you like or dislike about this game? Were you good at it? Why do you believe you remembered this game in particular? Do you have any specific memories of playing this game?
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