Golden Years

We blog for a million different reasons, but in the end we’re all storytellers. Writing Challenges help you push your…

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

To participate, read the challenge instructions and write at least one post in response. Tag your post with DPchallenge and include a link to this post to generate a pingback. Make sure your post has been specifically published in response to this challenge. We might just highlight some of our favorites on Freshly Pressed on Fridays, or in our quarterly newsletter.

No matter how you shake it, it happens to all of us: we grow older. As our age changes, so does our perspective. This week, we’re asking you to take a look at those little numbers that often mean so much.

Everything Changes

A professor of mine once told me that each time he read Marcel Proust‘s In Search of Lost Time, it took on a different meaning. The way the book delves into memory and the passing of time, he explained, resonated differently depending on what experiences you yourself had been through over the years. While I could never reproduce his unique zeal for the father of the modern novel, I admired the sentiment.

For the longest time, well after I’d moved beyond my teenage years, I still automatically told people I was sixteen when they asked my age. Clearly, I was still young enough that asking my age wasn’t a rude question, but I was by no means in my mid-teens. Mentally, however, I hadn’t caught up with just how old I actually was.

Then something shifted. We often emphasize age as a number, a calculation of the days, months, and years we’ve been awake and living. Yet, as the saying goes, our age is also a mental state, a series of milestones that remind us of where we’ve been, and where we’re going.

Just A Number

For this week’s writing challenge, we’re asking you to explore what age means to you. Is the the loss of youth, or the cultivation of wisdom? Do things get better as you grow older, or worse? There are many ways to interpret age, often depending on your relationship with the passing of time.

Need some help getting started? Use the suggestions below as a jumping off point for your own posts on age and aging:

  • Age feels all the more poignant because, let’s face it, time doesn’t last forever. What if you never aged, or if you were immortal? Would you choose either if you could?
  • Write us a synopsis of your memoir. What are some significant milestones in your life? Which age was the best, and which was the worst?
  • Do you think young people face different challenges today? What shifts have you seen in youth culture, from your own experience all the way to your grandchildren’s experience?
  • For our fiction writers, cultivate a character. Through your imagination, pinpoint a common theme in his or her life, and show us how your character’s perspective changes as he or she grows older.

For the truly adventurous, we challenge you to try hitting two challenges with one stone, er, post. Combine this week’s photo challenge on perspective with your writerly musings on age, youth, and how your perspective changes as you grow older. We’re looking forward to hearing your wizened take on this week’s theme!

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  1. As someone who’s writing a memoir about my childhood, this challenge was especially exciting to me. My father was a bookie for the mafia, but my mother was a Bible-believing evangelical.

    So my piece is called “KIDS MAKE THE BEST BOOKIES: A Childhood Gambled on God and the Mob.” Thanks for a great prompt, Erica!

    Blogging from Ecuador,

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  2. hello all, im am new to blogging here and I can’t figure out how to participate in the daily prompts and weekly writing challenges… I’m simply not sure how to add my writings or where. Sorry for posting this here, but I need help and I apparently am terrible at navigating my through wordpress. 🙂


    1. Don’t stress! What you’ll want to do is write a post, inspired by this weekly writing challenge, on your own blog. In that post, make sure to include a link back to this prompt’s page. Make sure to tag your post DPchallenge. Lastly, you can comment back here with a link to your post. I hope this helps! Best of luck to you 🙂


      1. yay! Thank you so much! I really appreciate it, as I am sometimes extremely technologically broken this is so helpful. 🙂 Look forward to posting and participating with all of the other great writers.

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      2. hello again, sorry to bother you, i had a question though and thought i would ask you since you were so helpful before. 🙂 So today i finally participated in on eof the daily prompts and followed your wonderful instructions, i was wondering if when i add a link back to the prompts page, i just put it inside of my own post, the link, yes? thats what i did, i believe i did it correct but wasnt sure how to check so i thought i would ask. again sorry to bother you and thanks a bunch 🙂


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