Spring brings new beginnings and a dose of hope to our 6-word story challenge! The Year to a Better You April prompts center on positive thinking as you press on toward your 2018 goals. Let hope fill you with energy, excitement, and drive!
Year to a Better You April Prompts (6-Word Story Challenge)
Happy spring, my fine friend! If you’re anything like me, this time of year breathes new energy into your projects. Maybe you set lofty goals for yourself in 2018. Hey, that’s not for the faint of heart! No doubt, you’ve run into your share of setbacks and challenges, but you press on.
With that in mind, I’ve centered this month’s 6-word story prompts on the concept of hope. Hope is a powerful tool that can move you from “I can’t” to “Maybe…just maybe…I can.” No matter what you pursue in life–losing weight, writing a book, starting a blog, getting that promotion, finishing your degree–you press forward with the hope that you will one day conquer that challenge.
I challenge you to let hope dominate your personal and professional goals this month, as well as your 6-word stories. Let it fill you with energy, excitement, and drive!
- Each month has an assigned theme. I’ve modeled the themes based on the cycles we often experience in life. Sometimes we’re hopeful and full of imagination. Other times, it takes fierce determination and courage to make changes (don’t worry, the monthly themes will all be listed on the challenge prompts for the month).
- January: Mindfulness
- February: Gratitude
- March: Imagination
- April: Hope
- May: Focus
- June: Courage
- July: Change
- August: Determination
- September: Perseverance
- October: Inspiration
- November: Friends and Family
- December: Reflection
- Write a 6-word story each day in response to the daily prompts. Scroll down for the printable March 2018 prompts.
- TIP 1: Keep the theme for the month in mind as you write your 6-word story each day. For example, February’s theme is Gratitude, and the daily prompt for April 1st is “Chirp, chirp.” For me, this prompt brought to mind baby birds breaking through their shells to see their mothers for the first time. Spring is full of so many new beginnings! My story might go something like, “Waiting, upon her eggs. Then…’chirp!’ “
- Tip 2: Don’t feel any pressure to follow the prompts too strictly. They’re only meant to tickle your imagination!
What is a 6-word story?
It’s a whole story in only six words. Six. That’s all you get. Since the word count is so tight, you can get really creative with contractions, punctuation, and tone to develop your story. Some people even add sketches and graphics to add another layer of creativity. Play around with these, take chances, and above all have fun with it!
- Write whatever sparks in your mind. You are free to use the prompt words in your story, but it’s not required.
- These are YOUR stories. They don’t have to be like anyone else’s.
- If you’re feeling extra creative, try rhyming to make a 6-word poem.
Where to Share Your #6WordsBetter
- Most of the six-word story challenge takes place on Instagram. For the best chance of being featured, tag your posts with the challenge hashtags.
- #6WordsBetter (new hashtag for 2018)
- The old hashtags from the PF Six-Word Challenge still work. Use them all if you like. #PFSixWordChallenge and #PFSixWordPoems
- Feel free to tag me (@PageFlutter ) so I can give your awesome story a shoutout! (Not on Instagram? No worries; just play along on my Facebook page.)
- Subscribe to my newsletter to get my latest posts and challenge prompts delivered to your inbox!
Get creative with your 6-word stories. Dress them up with doodles, hand letter them, find a photo that helps tell your story…whatever speaks to you!
Here are a few to get you started:
- Queen’s tearoom. I ordered coffee. Oops.
- JOBS, FAMILY, MONEY…Rest, weary juggler.
- Decay from the past nourishes seedlings.
Ready for bigger writing projects? Take a peek inside my writing journal for inspiration.
Year to a Better You April Prompts (Printable)
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Remember: It’s not about competing for the “best” 6-word story. It’s about building habits that inspire you to be your best.
So, take a few risks, immerse yourself in the theme for the month, and have fun with the challenge!
If you need a little help getting started, check out my 6-Word Story board on Pinterest. For those of you looking to turn your six-word stories into larger projects, follow my boards devoted to the craft of writing. Happy journaling!
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