Memoir Prompts: Ten Years, Consolidated

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This is from my old writing teacher, Ellen Hagan. Take a decade of your life and for every year, write 3 items that defined that year—in 3 words each. Here’s an example for the year 2013, when I was 40.

Adjunct of English/Applied at Staples/No Going Forward

Making the items compact will help you focus yourself before you even start composing. You can even treat each year as a line of poetry. As the years start piling up, it has a staccato haiku-type effect that’s kinda nice.  -JM

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By joshmedsker

Josh Medsker is a writer living in northern New Jersey. His writing has appeared in many magazines and websites. For a full listing of Mr. Medsker's publications, please visit

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