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Writing 101: The Things We Treasure

For our final assignment, tell the tale of your most-prized possession. If you’re up for a twist, go long — experiment with longform and push yourself to write more than usual.

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Tell us the story of your most-prized possession.

It’s the final day of the challenge already?! Let’s make sure we end it with a bang — or, in our case, with some furious collective tapping on our keyboards. For this final assignment, lead us through the history of an object that bears a special meaning to you.

A family heirloom, a flea market find, a childhood memento — all are fair game. What matters is that, through your writing, you breathe life into that object, moving your readers enough to understand its value.

Today’s twist: We extolled the virtues of brevity back on day five, but now, let’s jump to the other side of the spectrum and turn to longform writing. Let’s celebrate the drawn-out, slowly cooked, wide-shot narrative.

How long is long? That’s entirely up to you to decide. You can go with a set number — 750, 1000, or 2000 words, or more (or less!). Alternatively, you could choose your longest post thus far in the challenge, and raise the bar by, say, 300 words, 20 percent, three paragraphs — whatever works for you.

Of course, we won’t just throw this assignment at you and run away. First, to give you time to mull things over, you’ve got all weekend to work on it. This will give you time to brainstorm, write notes if you’d like, and read other longer pieces for inspiration — dive into one of the excellent picks on Longreads.com.

If you’re interested in tips on formatting longer posts on your blog, we have all the info you need. More writing inspiration? Check out this great collection of pieces on writing longform prose by notable authors like Truman Capote, Guy Talese, and Katherine Boo.

Need a helping hand? Head to The Commons.

Hey, everyone — that’s a wrap for Writing 101! 

All the exercises will remain here on The Daily Post, so you can refer back or try any you missed. The Commons will remain open for one week, until Friday, October 17. After that, we’ll turn off the ability to post or comment, but the site will remain up as a continual reference for you.

If you’d like to try another Blogging U. challenge, there are a few coming up: Blogging 201: Branding and Growth begins on Monday, October 20; Photography 101: A Photo a Day begins on November 1; and Writing 201: Longform kicks off on December 1. Writing 201: Finding Your Story returns in the new year, along with a refresh of Writing 101 with new topics and twists.

Happy writing, and I hope we’ll see you around The Daily Post!

– Michelle W. and the WordPress.com team

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  1. Hi, I’m not much of a materialistic person so this post was a bit difficult for me. But here’s my input for the last post.

    Before that I would like to say that Writing 101 was a really good experience, I followed certain accounts that are truly amazing not to mention all the lovely and genuine comments people leave. All I want to say is, Thank You Daily Post, I’m looking forward for more.

    http://wordytale.wordpress.com/2014/10/12/priceless-possessions/

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  2. I’m interested in the blog competition. I’m a new blogger and have found it so therapeutic. I am a Paramedic in Ontario, battling mental health illnesses and blogging my little heart out along the way 🙂

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  3. For those who did (or about to register for the new batch of writing 101 (or any other blogging challenges) and wish to stay in touch with more postings of any of your work, please feel free to join us at

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/345048158996116/

    Looking forward to an on going community of learners from Daily Post. A huge thank you to The Daily Post once again for making this possible.

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