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Advice Column Writing Prompt

Posted by Ali on October 26, 2012 at 11:00 AM

I like to read the Dear Prudence advice column on Slate. All of the strange, tragic, and sometimes hilarious situations people find themselves in are a great dose of reality and also a reason to appreciate my own life and its lack of insane in-laws or baffling bosses.


Another thing advice columns are good for? You guessed it, writing prompts! For this prompt, your job is to mine the column for goodies. Click over to Dear Prudence, or your advice column of choice, then pick one of the following options.


Option 1: Scan through advice column headlines, like "The Only One-Or Else". Write the headline at the top of your page. It is now both your title and your inspiration.


Option 2: Read a few letters and pick one that seems to have a lot of backstory. Write that backstory, filling in all of the character and plot details that might have led up to the letter.


Option 3: Pick your favorite letter and write your own response. When you write your advice while channeling one of your favorite, and most outrageous, literary/TV/movie characters.

Categories: Writing Prompts, Writing Process, Rules

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