Welcome to the first FMF writing prompt link-up of October 2022! Many of us are participating in the annual 31-Day Writing Challenge this month . . . if that’s you, we’re one week in! I hope it’s going really well!

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This week’s FMF writing prompt is: BECOME




It’s Day 7 of the series, 31 Books by Author of Color. I hope you’ve been enjoying the recaps and recommendations I’ve been sharing on Instagram so far this month! (If you’re not following along yet, you can fix that here.) 😉

Today’s feature is Becoming, by former First Lady Michelle Obama. I listened to this book on audio from my library, and Michelle Obama read it herself.




It is a long book and took me a while to get through, but I found it so fascinating and definitely worth the time and effort to enjoy. I learned so much, and finished the book with a much deeper respect for the Obamas. I loved hearing about Michelle’s childhood and upbringing, and how various happenings in her life led her to where she is today.

I admired her tenacity and perseverance, and her ability to remain composed in the face of great difficulty and challenge. I also really enjoyed learning more about their path to the White House, as well as what life was like for her as the First Lady of the United States.

No matter which side of the political spectrum you fall on, this is a very interesting and informative take on one woman’s extraordinary life and the courage and stamina required to become who she is today. 

Get your own copy here.



The FREE FlourishWriters Conference is happening NOW!

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FlourishWriters is back with another incredible line-up of speakers
with topics for all stages of the writing life, including:

Planning and Organizing

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I can’t wait to hear from speakers like Blythe Daniel, Patrice Gopo, Katie Reid, Chad Allen, Michele Cushatt, Ann Kroeker, and more!

I’m honored to share a session on the pros and cons of self-publishing versus traditional publishing . . . and I may even spill the beans on a story I’ve never told anywhere else before!

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Hope to see you there!



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