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. Can some kind person please tell me if Pingbacks are allowed on the Weekly writing challenge. I do them regularly on the daily prompt, as many others, and have never had a problem, but perhaps it is not so diplomatic on this challenge. I was told it was rude I removed them and hope that no-one else was annoyed or insulted by them.


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