Writing Your Life Challenge Prompt #2

Favorite-Things1January 8, 2016 Favorites

Writing about a favorite thing, person, or place gives you short vignettes that you can add to your larger memoir. Perhaps the paragraph about your favorite house will fit in with your overall theme of moving and loss.

Practice writing about each favorite – even if it seems silly – the act of remembering and writing will keep your creative energy flowing. Try to write at least a full paragraph about each thing. Remember! Use your five senses!

Here are just a few favorites – I’m sure you can think of some of your own!

sample favorites

A SAMPLE FAVORITES PARAGRAPH

This short paragraph was from a memory of my former mother-in-law’s favorite pastime with her father when she was growing up on Coney Island.  It is written in the third person.

sample favorites paragraph

Prompt #2: Make a list of your favorite things. Choose one of them to write at least a paragraph about.

these are a few of my favorite things

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About Karen Y. Hamilton

Walt Whitman says about his autobiography, Specimen Days “…At any rate I obey my happy hour’s command, which seems curiously imperative. May-be, if don’t do anything else, I shall send out the most wayward, spontaneous, fragmentary book ever printed.” This is what I feel at this juncture of my life, the need to gather together memories of my ancestors as well as my own memories into some semblance of order. Because all of those fragments, all of the fragments that make up any life, become stories. I am the mother of three sons, who affectionately (I hope!) call me 'gypsy mom' because I tend to wander around a bit soaking in the universe's wonders. I am currently working towards an MFA in Creative Writing at Florida Atlantic University. I have published essays with Heritage Press, Florida Living, and the St. Pauls Review. I am currently working on a book of poems about the Florida Everglades pioneers and a memoir about grief and the bonds of friendship. I live in my hometown, Jupiter, Florida and work as a freelance writer and curriculum specialist.
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