Weekend Assignment: Three Consecutive Life Sentences

Happy weekend!

It’s time for another writing assignment for fun and practice. Are you ready?

This weekend’s prompt comes on the heels of reading The Sentence as a Miniature Narrative  by Constance Hale. Hale’s essay reminds us that sentences are the building blocks of everything we, as writers, construct. The way we arrange the words and phrases gives power to our thoughts and ideas. She shares some powerful examples in the piece. This is my favorite:

“Every summer Lin Kong returned to Goose Village to divorce his wife, Shuyu.”

— Ha Jin, “Waiting”

Sentences like this one suggest a lifetime of history in a brief number of words.

This weekend, your challenge is to compose three sentences that form miniature narratives about your life:

  1. Use a single sentence to describe an event from your past that shaped you into the person you are today.
  2. Sum up your current life in a sentence.
  3. Write a sentence describing your dream future.

Strive to make each sentence a self-contained narrative. If you aren’t in an autobiographical mood, construct your three sentences about a fictional person.

Happy writing!

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5 comments on “Weekend Assignment: Three Consecutive Life Sentences

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  2. Thanks, I really enjoyed this & it brought out some new journaling perspectives…see my assignment here: http://thesoulstoryjournal.wordpress.com/2013/01/25/consecutive-life-sentences/

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