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The Days We Can’t Forget

This Week’s Writing Prompt:

What do these dates have in common: December 7, 1941; April 4, 1968; and September 11, 2001? Most likely, hearing one or all of these significant dates triggers a memory. Where were you when you heard about the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001? What were you doing when you learned of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination or the bombings at Pearl Harbor?

Not all memorable dates involve horrific losses such as war, assassination, or terrorism. The days marked by love, empowerment, and joy hold vivid memories and feelings too. Consider the day you laid eyes on your firstborn child, the afternoon you married your spouse, or when your business first opened its doors.

Not a year goes by where the calendar doesn’t remind us of compelling moments in life. Some days are sweet, and others are downright painful.

Think of a memorable date in your life.

  • Why is this date significant?
  • What happened?
  • What memories are attached to this date?
  • Where were you when it happened?
  • How did you learn about the event?
  • Now, write a scene* depicting what happened on this memorable date. Play it out on the page. Show, don’t tell the emotions you experienced at the time. Invite readers into this moment with you.

Share your response in the comments section below.

All posts in response to our writing prompts in September will be entered into our drawing to win a free online coaching video—that’s a $20 value!

*Would you like to learn more about effective scene-writing? Join us for our upcoming online workshop, Scenes—Building Blocks to a Great Story, Tuesday, October 1 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. EDT. Cost is $35.

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