the year we start recording family history

Each month in 2022, I will post a writing prompt and challenge you to write at least three different variations on that topic. Don’t worry, I promise to do the same!

Before I forget, I don’t expect (or really want you to be) a wordsmith. Don’t worry about spelling or punctuation. Write on the computer or in a notebook or scraps of paper. This is for you. Your future self will thank your past self one day.

Ocean and sand


Clothing. Did a family member only wear a certain color or maybe a favorite article of clothing? Did you save something special you still have that you know will never fit again?

Sand and ocean


Books. Do you have a favorite book? Maybe a book or poem that has been handed down through generations? Favorite author of family author you want to tell about?

Clear water at the beach


Pull from your notebook. What stories do you want to tell this month that maybe you didn’t get a chance to write about this year?

“Preserve your memories, keep them well, what you forget you can never retell.”

~Louisa May Alcott