Last month we focused on mindfulness, but February is all about gratitude! The Year to a Better You February Prompts are ready for you. Write on, writers…
Year to a Better You February Prompts (6-Word Story Challenge)
Like most good beginnings, January flew by in a flash! The “Year to a Better You” 6-word story challenge has been a huge success thanks to you guys, and I’ve loved reading all your creative stories.
February is a short month, but it’s also a great time to immerse yourself in writerly activities like journaling, letter writing, and of course, 6-word stories! While the rest of the world might be focused on romantic love and “couple” things, I feel February is a perfect time to turn inward. That’s why the theme for this month’s prompts is Gratitude! Whether you’re single, in a relationship, or going through a transitional period, gratitude is a powerful way to connect with the good things in your life.
It’s tempting to focus on the things we want in life. “I wish I had a better job, a better partner, more money…” You get the idea. That line of thinking can go take you to a pretty dark place. Instead, try to re-wire your thinking to take stock of the gifts life has already given you. “I’m grateful that I have a job. I’ve been given valuable skills in life. I appreciate the peaceful time I have to myself in the morning.”
Here’s how the challenge works:
- 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 February 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 February 1st is “Someone special.” As I write my 6-word story for that prompt, I can consider someone who has impacted my life in a positive way. I might write about my sister. We grew up in a military family, so we had to change homes and friends pretty often. Even as an adult, I’m grateful for her friendship: “Always the new kid. Never alone.”
- Tip 2: Don’t feel any pressure to follow the prompts too strictly. They’re only meant to tickle your imagination!
How to write a 6-word story…
Six words. That’s all you get. Experiment and 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 Post
- 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.
Printable Prompt Sheet
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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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