Postcard writing prompts - ideas welcome!

I love this idea! :+1:t2:

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Prompt: How did you celebrate your last birthday? Or what would your perfect birthday look like?

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What’s your favourite day of the year, and why?

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2 truths and a lie about yourself. When I register the card, I’ll guess which is the lie.

A boring fact(s) about you.

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What do you normally write about on your postcards? I am 63 and I am getting better at writing smaller!

What is on your grocery list?

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I normaly prefer not to boring everybody with my family (slightly disabled person, caring about heavy disabled mum). I got an addresse of the girl, whose town’s name sounds like “Old Frost” in Latvian. I told that. On card there were our swan sculptures in park, looking a bit like “brontosaurs”. I explained why there are those swans.
I keep the card with the castle, where an Italian writter Lampedusa wrote “Gepard”- I keep that card for some Italian i future…
Something likte that. Individual and exclusive every time.
My first 5 cards are badly and boring written because I didn’t know then about, how it works at all. I will not do that again.

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Those sound like perfectly fine things to write about to me. I’ve only received 14 cards but there’s been quite a variety of messages and I can’t say that any have been “right” or “wrong”, just different.

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On my profile, I ask to write me about last thing that make you smile and, thanks to that, on almost every postcard I can read a little story about someone’s day or something that has happened. I really enjoy reading it and I hope that it makes smile me and the sender :slight_smile:

I like to write about something related to the postcard - describe what’s on the picture, where I bought it, write a legend (for example, when I send a postcard from Kraków, where I currently live, I often tell the legend of the Wawel dragon). Usually, the addressees were satisfied and wrote me long return messages that I really liked :sparkling_heart:

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Here is what I visualize when thinking about it:

  • Random suggestions when we are checking the addresses that were given to us.
    or
  • Random suggestions appearing more often throughout the website
    or
  • a tab or a sub-tab on the Help or Explore tab on the website with a list of suggestions
    or
  • a button that will give us a random suggestion when clicked

Notes:

  • When I say “random”, I mostly mean in the way they appear. I still like the idea of the community offering specific interesting suggestions;
  • I think that it would be nice to have more than one monthly suggestion. In my perspective the best way to offer some diversity would be having a little list that would vary every month;
  • I know that it’s not as easy to implement this buttons and things as it is for me to visualize them. Just trying my luck out here! :joy:
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The 10 Questions and Tea Tag has some great ideas for what to write in your cards.

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This website is an entire website full of questions to ask/answer: https://conversationstartersworld.com/

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Here’s a Question and Answer Tag that has some great ideas for what to write.

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I like hearing about different phrases/idioms/sayings in different languages!

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Lovely idea, but I wouldn’t feel comfortable sharing that with a complete stranger

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Lol…there’s always one in the neighborhood :joy:

Poets & Writers Magazine has a section called The Time is Now that has writing prompts and exercises. You can find it at this link: https://www.pw.org/writing-prompts-exercises You can also sign up for a weekly prompt via e-mail. They have prompts for poetry, fiction and non-fiction. There are wonderful ideas.

A recent prompt encouraged you to choose a word where the “first known use” occurred at a significant turning point or significant event in your life and write a poem about it. You can do that by using the Merriam-Webster’s Time Traveler tool at www.merriam-webster.com/time-traveler. Alt-rock was first used in 1982!

Hope this helps if you have postcard writers block!

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This is such a neat idea! I immediately looked up 1982 as well (my birth year) and was surprised to see tiramisu mentioned as making its debut that year… who knew? :sweat_smile:

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Oh I like the favorite mug prompt…because all my mugs have stories :slight_smile:

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I love this. In 1968, the first occurrence of the word Bougie-as an adjective.

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