Writing Prompt: Untraditional

On this Sunday after Thanksgiving for our American readers (hi readers from Brazil and South Korea! You can join in, too), we’re reflecting on the holidays. Specifically, on what’s fallen away from your holidays. Most families have some kind of tradition, whether it’s Midnight Mass or a very particular kind of green bean casserole.

But they don’t always endure. What traditions have gone by the wayside in your family? Maybe you’ve opted out of turkey and in to enchiladas for Thanksgiving. Maybe after Pops died, the family didn’t get together for dinner any more. Tell us about the traditions that fell away.

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Writing Prompt: What the Nose Knows

It’s pretty well-established that scent connects deeply to memory, especially early, emotional memories. For a quick explanation as to why, give this SciShow clip a watch:

So this week, let’s focus on scent. Finish this sentence:

The smell of an orange reminds me of … 

 

You take it from there! Replace the food item as necessary.

Special thanks to this TED-Ed post for today’s inspiration. If this prompt isn’t doing it for you, they’ve got 21 more to choose from.

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Writing Prompt: Edible Ink

Blackberry pie, perhaps? (Credit: Deanna Wardin: https://flic.kr/p/cNZJfL)
Blackberry pie, perhaps? (Credit: Deanna Wardin: https://flic.kr/p/cNZJfL)

Readers, writers—every Sunday, we’ll be bringing you weekly inspiration via blog post. A little nudge to get you started, something to ponder as you sip your morning coffee. This week, we’ve got something speculative to stew on as the chill of winter starts rolling in:

Say you lost a bet with a friend, and you have to get one food tattooed on you. Luckily it can be anywhere on your body, but it must be the size of your hand. What do you get and where? And for you fiction sorts: What bet did you lose?

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