Here are some tips on finding inspiration in your childhood memories and family history:
Dig up an old photograph, maybe one of your parents or grandparents. Try to invent a story based on the picture.
- Try to remember your earliest childhood memories, and attribute them to an imaginary character.
- Write about the things in your childhood drawer, maybe about your favorite toy.
- Try to write a story from the point of view of a relative you disagree with.
- Holidays can be tricky, especially if you’re spending them with your extended family. Try to imagine the worst thing that could happen, or a major revelation that may occur at dinner time.
- Write a story with a recipe: think of a particular food which immediately reminds you of your childhood.
- Write a story to finish this sentence: My mother/father never…
- Write about your first travel experience. Was is by car, boat or plane? Where were you headed to? Tell us about it!
- Write about your dream career, at least what you considered to be one when you were little. For example, I wanted to be a policewoman and a veterinarian. Ended up a teacher, so you can draw a parallel here 🙂 Use your imagination to write about how your life would have looked like if you pursued this career.
- Write about an adventure you had with a childhood friend.
Let me know if you try any of these!