Now imagine that you have been living that life for a few years and, unexpectedly, you've been given a great award in recognition of your work. What reward is it — a Pulitzer or Nobel Prize? A Presidential Medal of Freedom? A Humanitarian Award from the Elie Wiesel Foundation? A dinner in your honor by the American Federation of Teachers?
With that picture in your mind, write your acceptance speech for the award.
Ulterior motiveThis prompt isn't about improving your writing so much as it's about improving your outlook.
|The Pulitzer Prize gold medal (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Knowing that our work changes people's lives in some way helps us continue to do so.
So imagine you have been changing lives for the better through your work, and you're finally getting widespread recognition for it. Whom do you thank? Whom do you remember? What do you say?
After you have written your acceptance speech, don't publish it online. Instead, print it off and put it somewhere you'll see it from time to time. Then, every time you see it, ask yourself, "Is what I'm doing now getting me closer to using this speech for real?"
Why I chose to post this particular prompt today will become clear tomorrow.