Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Ten years in three word sentences

I have been teaching memoir writing classes for more than year now and this is a wonderful writing prompt that is always a hit with my students.

Here's how it goes:
1. Pick a ten year period in your life.  
2. Write several paragraphs about that period in sentences of only three words each.  

Write as much as you'd like, but each sentence must contain exactly three words. Of-course each sentence won't be grammatically correct, but you will end up with  more material than you thought you had about those ten years.  Try it and see!  Here's one that I wrote about 1990 - 2000. 

Moved to woods.  Married to Tim.  Rural like sucks.  Work at library.  Driving the van.  Rural life sucks.  Trip to DC.  Trip to Florida.  Justin's appendix burst.  Pepper, our dog.  Walking in woods.  The dirt roads.  Listening to CDs.  Had chronic bronchitis.  And then pneumonia. OJ on Trial.  Summer reading clubs.  Lake Michigan beaches.  Snow, snow, snow.  My mom died.  Meat and potatoes.  My first garden.  Searching for Stanley.  My deep disappointment.  Sets, scripts, rehearsals.