Writing Your Life Challenge Prompt #4

There is within your life a central theme – life change.

life-is-about-change

Make a list of the crucial events in your life. Start with your birth (did something extraordinary happen when you were born?) and then move on through your childhood, young adult years, middle age, etc. From those events, can you choose one that impacted your life the most?

Choose one of the events from your Lists. When you have isolated an event, look at it from all angles and write down its key points.

EVENTS IN YOUR LIFE: Here are a few to get you started: • an illness or a death in the family • the arrival of a sibling • the ethnic group you grew up in • the religious group you grew up in • a certain relationship with a peer • a failure or success at school • a decision you made to do or not do something • an external event such as a fire, flood, tornado, auto accident • marriage • children • career choices • spiritual experiences • divorce

These are but a few of the major events that turn a person’s life to one direction or the other. The list you make may be many pages long or relatively short. This depends on the individual. You may add to this list as you remember things. Include everything you can think of that had any impact on your life.

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You may have more than one pivotal moment.

The older you are, the more dividing lines you will have!

Try using a cluster map to help you map it out. Each one of the clusters can become a paragraph in your story!

  • How old were you?
  • What was happening in the world at that time?
  • What was the value or moral code that existed at that time and how did it affect the event?
  • How did all of these factors come together to create your epiphany?

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About Karen Y. Hamilton

Karen leads workshops in Creative Writing, Poetry and Journal Therapy, and Memoir Writing. She has studied genealogy and personal histories since 1987, lecturing and leading workshops on Memoir Writing and Journaling to the community since 1998. Karen holds a BA in English and has studied Literature, Business, and Education at the graduate level. She is a former college instructor of English Composition and Reading. In the past, Karen has worked as a high school & middle school teacher. She currently works as a Curriculum Specialist and is an MFA Creative Writing student at Florida Atlantic University.
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