Writing 101, Day Eighteen, Compose a series of anecdotes

Writing 101, Day Eighteen, Compose a series of anecdotes
Part One

 anecdote

“I’m not funny in person. I mean I’m really not. I’m one of those people who always screw up anecdotes” Bill Bryson

Writing 101, Day Eighteen, Compose a series of anecdotes

 

The spectrum of moods you can create with this format is extremely wide. You might aim for a warm, lighthearted vibe, like a travel blogger channeling her love of the road through a string of portraits of the people who took her on as a hitchhiker. Or tackle a serious, tough issue like discrimination through the fragmented lens of anecdotal storytelling, as shown in Teri Carter’s sobering piece enumerating the instances of racism she’d encountered in her own family.

Not sure how to approach this assignment? Here are some ideas:

* Tell a story composed of scenes in each of which you eat your favorite dish, or enjoy your signature drink.
* Build a narrative of your own personal growth (or your attempts at achieving it) by evoking some of your past birthday parties.
* Write a post in which each section begins with the phrase “You may never believe this.”
* Recount the same anecdote several times, but do it from a different POV, style, or genre each time, so that each retelling exposes something new in your tale.
* Other examples include “Twelve Ways of Looking at Water” (common element: water), “The Bride Was Gone” (common setting: wedding), and “The Yellow Bus” (common thing: yellow bus).

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Anecdote Time

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