And End of Summer Writing Prompt

At a loss for what to write for this month’s blog post, I finally settled on a post about a writing prompt. 

We just returned from a weekend away, to attend a family wedding. It was also a visit to our past.

We drove by former homes and schools.We wondered what was still there, what had been torn down, and what had changed.We did see some differences, but everything looked in good shape.

We ate at two old haunts. One was a pizza place, the other was a locally owned ice cream store. Pizza and chocolate ice cream – two of my favorites!

A family cookout was held Friday night, for those not involved in the wedding. Swimming was also part of the evening, but the water was too cold – for August. No one would have guessed this when plans were made. However, the kids went swimming, while the adults watched.  

Some new stores had opened, some old ones were still in business, either in the same location or a different one, and some had closed. The public library had also undergone a transformation that included an expansion for each department.

The wedding was held in an old country church that had been attended by generations of relatives. Next to it is a cemetery, where they were buried years ago. We paid them a visit. 

Getting together with long-time friends, for food, fellowship and fun, capped off the weekend. 

What a trip down memory lane.

Write a story about your childhood or your early adult years.You may include a favorite restaurant, an event from school or a memory about a house you lived in years ago. Perhaps you could write about a much loved relative or a family gathering.What feelings do these memories bring back? I hope you feel inspired and are able to add something to a WIP or begin something new.

Debbie A. Byrne has a B.S. in Mass Communication with a minor in History. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and is working on her first children’s book.


Suzanne Lieurance said...

Hi, Debbie,

It's always fun - and sometimes a bit sad - to visit places from our past.
Thanks for the prompt.

Happy weekend!

Carolyn Howard-Johnson said...

Prompts are always good. Even as a reminder to write something we've already been "prompted" to do! (-:
Carolyn Howard-Johnson
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Heidiwriter said...

This is a great way to get an idea for a story, a novel, or a memoir! Fun too.

Mary Jo Guglielmo said...

I like to idea of writing about a family get together.

Magdalena Ball said...

Good prompts, Debbie. Writing prompts can really help get those writing juices flowing.

D. Jean Quarles said...

I did this not that long ago and visited the Norwegian bakery of my youth. Still yummy! Great prompt.

Debbie A Byrne said...

Thanks for commenting. I had a heck of a time trying to come up with a topic this month. My brain just wouldn't cooperate. The bakery sounds interesting Jean. Oh the smells!

Shirley Corder said...

Debbie, what fun. I returned a day ago from a family wedding and week-long reunion! How amazing it was walking down memory lane as well as catching up with all the amazing adventures family members have experienced since we last met.

Karen Cioffi said...

Debbie, memories of or actually visiting places from our past can certainly be inspiring and motivating. This is a helpful writing prompt; thanks for sharing.

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