Weekly Writing Prompt #41

This week, one of my favourite books, Little Women, celebrated its 150th anniversary. Before Little Women, books for young people were mostly preachy tales in which the good and virtuous were rewarded and the wicked punished. Girls, in particular, were little more than dull collections of moral qualities.

Then came the four March sisters — trying to be good but forever getting into trouble provoked by their particular character flaws: Jo’s hotheadedness, Meg’s vanity and Amy’s shallowness. Beth, as the stock ‘angel’ character, appears to have no flaws except perhaps her selflessness, but we all know what happens to Beth..

The book, especially in its creation of Jo — an independent, unconventional, irreverent and impatient young woman, devoted to her writing and proud of her ability to earn money from it — has been an inspiration and a favourite of many since it was first published. Though often criticised for her selfishness, Jo has always appealed to tomboys, rebels and freethinkers, her passion for creativity providing aspiring writers with a glimpse of how to operate in the world.

This week’s prompt comes from Jo in the hope it inspires you to write as well.

Annie Spratt


Weekly Writing Prompt #6

It's March! I can't quite believe how quickly this year is slipping by. This month I'm taking part in The March Charge with Cancer Council and telling cancer where to go! Sadly cancer still takes too many of us. I've pledged to walk at least 50 kilometers over the month of March. It’s going to be a challenge, but it’s nothing compared to those who experience cancer.

In honour of all the walking we'll be doing this month, this week's prompt is below. 

Pawel Nolbert

If anyone would like to donate to The March Charge you can visit my fundraiser page here.