DNA Analysis

We blog for a million different reasons, but in the end, we’re all storytellers. Creative Writing Challenges are here to…

We blog for a million different reasons, but in the end, we’re all storytellers. Creative Writing Challenges are here to help you push your writing boundaries and explore new ideas, subjects, and writing styles.

To participate, tag your post with DPchallenge and include a link to this post, to generate a pingback and help others find the challenges. Please make sure your post has been specifically written in response to this challenge. We’ll highlight some of our favorites on Freshly Pressed on Friday, and in our monthly newsletter.

When I glance in the mirror, I see that I need a haircut and might be getting a zit on my chin me. When I take time to look a little more, I see lots of people: my dad’s chin cleft, my mom’s hazel eyes and weak jawline, my nonna’s widow’s peak hairline, my grandfather’s strong brows, my sister’s apple cheeks.

This week, let’s get a little introspective: who do you see in your face? In your personality?

Image by Erin Jang.

Image by Erin Jang.

Of course, we want more than simply a list of where each of your features come from — we’re people, not Mr. (or Mrs.) Potato Head, and are more than the sums of our parts. So take the dissection a little further, and tell us how these inheritances come alive in your life.

Your challenge is to take something intensely personal — the bits and pieces that make you YOU — and use them as a springboard for a post that makes a larger point and resonates with lots of other readers.

  • Does your mom’s quick-fuse temper get you into trouble at work? Are you the life of the party thanks to Uncle Jim’s razor-sharp wit? Did the long slender fingers you inherited from your grandmother help your hand modeling career? Explore how your their legacy made your life better — or worse?
  • Did nature overcome nurture or vice versa (or did they find the perfect balance)? Is there a trait or tendency you’ve had to overcome, or one not innate to you that you’ve worked to develop?
  • Is there something you’re hoping to pass on to your children? Something you hope not to? Something you already see in them that excites or concerns you?
  • Is there a natural talent or tendency your family encouraged you to cultivate — or one they didn’t want you to develop? How did that shape your path?

Focus on the physical or the psychological; look backward to your grandparents or forward to your grandchildren. However you decide to approach it, we’re looking forward to see the fruits of your introspection — and how you’re able to take a step back and analyze your findings. Help us understand how all your moving parts work, and help us reflect on our own lives.

(I really enjoy breaking things down to see how they work — I get that from my Zio Enzo.)

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  1. Its so true that we are blogging for different reasons but in the end we all writers, this is our passion we putting out there for people to see and to interact with our dreams


  2. Where is the ‘Love’ button for this? You’ve found my sweet spot!

    I love to analyse myself and others and see the connections between myself and others, and find the causes of things and so on. DNA works on so many levels, as does our inheritance… we inherit so much beyond DNA and family, ancestry, stuff. We inherit the history of our world. Our goal is to evolve it and transform it. We are always an evolution of who and what came before.

    I have to confess that many of your prompts, prompt me to rant at you. It’s not you, it’s me. I grew up in a ranting family. I turn rant into inspiration.

    I know you think bloggers rant a lot, you said so in a prompt. But why do we rant on our blogs, is it because we repress rant in our lives? So blogging provides an outlet of suppressed life rant.

    I do rant on my blog. Not so much in life. But the rants lead to somewhere more peaceful. My family taught me that in a twisted way. My parents would let out a rant, then they’d feel so much better afterwards. Released from a burden, pressure gone. Of course if they ranted at me, their feeling better left me feeling worse. Such is life!


  3. I love the challenge, especially since I`ve wondered about what makes me ME since I was born. Being a psychologist, the question is even more important, as I must know myself as much as possible. It is a really complicated question though, and I hope I will have enough time to think properly about it and to write it all down:) Thank you for this opportunity:)


  4. Hmmm, I’m new to this and seem to have done it wrong. I cut the URL from my post and pasted it into my comment. Is there a better way?


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