[WoW] What We Remember, What Has Been Lost

Today’s Write On Wednesday prompt was inspired by reading Wendell Berry’s story The Great Interruption: The Story of a Famous Story of Old Port William and How It Ceased To Be Told (1935-1978)  in this year’s Best American Short Stories. (Read my review here.)


The Prompt

Write a story from your childhood memories, keeping in mind your audience and what changes there have been since the time of your story


  • Think about your audience carefully. Imagine you’re writing for a single person
  • Try to make the voice of the narrator a character all itself.
  • What do you want to tell the reader about the ways the world has changed since your childhood? How will you recreate that world and contrast it with the modern one?
  • Write this story as if only the person you’re writing it for will ever see it.
  • Bonus points: send it to them

The Rules:

  • You should use the prompt in your story (however tenuous the connection).
  • You must write the story in one 24 hr period – the faster the better.
  • Post the story in the comments — if you’re brave enough.
  • Find something nice to say about someone else’s story and leave a comment. Everybody needs a little support!

Optional Extras:

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