Friday Writing Prompts

A Writing Prompt from Elena Passarello

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Today's prompt comes from Elena Passarello, author of Let Me Clear My Throat (2012). 



It’s often surprising to learn how others hear your voice—sort of like the shock you feel when you hear yourself on a recording. Mining your experiences for instances in which friends, strangers, or family commented about the way your voice sounds is a somewhat untapped way to go about creating yourself on the page. 

When in your life has someone commented on the way you sounded? Maybe you moved to a new town and got teased for your accent, or maybe your voice changed before those of the other guys in Jr. High, or maybe a lover once told you s/he called “just to hear the sound of your voice.” List up to ten of these. Then either A) tell the one story with the most potential, or B) string several shorter stories together in a series of vignettes.