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If you’re taking part in the 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes Challenge, this post is Day 26 but we also have the option to join the link-up at the bottom as part of our regular weekly FMF writing prompt.

This week’s FMF prompt (and Day 26 of 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes) is: MOMENT 

 

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(Also, this is completely unrelated, but a friend created the above graphic for this week’s post, and all I keep thinking is a phrase that a full-time modeling friend in Cape Town used to say: “A moment on the lips, eternity on the hips . . . .) 😀

Okay, now that that’s out of the way . . . 😉

 

 

Every day for the month of October, I’ve been writing a series called 31 Days to Telling Your Story.

We’ve covered topics like overcoming fears, reasons why you should share your story, how to do so, and much more. 

On Day 23, I encouraged participants to brainstorm as many aspects of their story as they could. 

On Day 24, the “assignment” was to craft an elevator pitch — a one-paragraph or 30-second summary of the main message of your story. 

Yesterday, I challenged readers to brainstorm 10-12 chapter titles that they could incorporate into their story, then write a one-paragraph summary for each potential chapter. That was more macro-level. 

Today, we’re going more micro-level. Today I want you to look at your list from Day 23 and hone in on ONE pivotal moment in your life that you might consider a defining moment. Just one. It may have taken place within a few minutes, or perhaps it was more of a season in your life that defined other aspects of your story. 

On which moment or story does everything else hinge? 

Once you’ve determined what that “moment” is, I want you to write about it. Set a realistic goal for yourself — maybe aim to start with a 500-word goal, and if you write more, great! But set some sort of goal, and sit down and do it. 

For me, that moment was the day my mom died. I got on a plane that same afternoon in Cape Town to fly to Michigan for her funeral. As I sat down on the aircraft, the woman next to me asked, “Are you heading home?” 

And I didn’t know what to say. 

This single interaction shaped my memoir, A Place to Land: A Story of Longing and Belonging. 

A Place to Land

 

Which moment defines your story? 

 

 

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