I found the inspiration for this weekend’s writing assignment in a book review. Editor Molly McQuade asked 66 writers to choose a favorite word and write about why it was important to them. The results make up the book: One Word: Contemporary Writers on the Words They Love or Loathe (Sarabande Books).
Now, not only do I want to read this book, I couldn’t help but think what a great writing prompt this would make. So, here we are.
This week’s mission: Choose a word, any word, you love or love to hate and write about it. Tell the story of why the word means what it does to you. You can do this in a paragraph, an essay, a poem — whatever you like.
Since I know choosing a single word offers an enormous challenge for some, here are a few tips to help you if you feel overwhelmed. (These are suggestions. Any word is fair game as long as you want to write about it.)
Choose a word…
…connected to a personal challenge or triumph.
…that recalls a childhood memory.
…people misuse in a way that annoys you.
…you misspell. Or one that has embarrassed you in some way in the past.
…you’d like to see sand-blasted from the pages of the dictionary.
The Show and Tell Challenge
Step right up and take the B&B Show and Tell Challenge! Here’s how: simply write your response to this assignment, post it on your blog, then come back and leave a link to your post in the comments. It’s that simple!
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