Reminder — For the next 12 weeks, I’m:
- Sharing my Instagram storytelling secrets with you.
- Giving you 12 Instagram Story-Writing Prompts.
- And training you to tell better stories.
Personal stories get more engagement than any other Instagram post. They’re the equivalent of internet small talk. And I’ve spent years mastering this skill.
I spin mundane activities & routine life situations into storytelling gold like Seinfeld.
I make these humdrum stories exciting for my readers by adding…
How this Instagram training will work:
- I’ll tell a story.
- I’ll dissect it.
- I’ll give you a prompt.
You’ll fill in the blanks and spin storytelling gold.
Here’s my story:
Simple tasks are a challenge for me.
For example, changing my shirt is time-consuming and labor-intensive.
When I’m finished, I’m:
Yawning more fiercely than a lion stretching its jaw muscles. (At least my teeth aren’t intimidating.)
Glistening like Robert Pattinson in Twilight. (I’m not sweating, I’m sparkling.)
And complaining to myself because I either put it on backwards, put it on inside out, or put my arms & head in the wrong holes. (Like some demented version of Twister.)
So I have a personal care assistant to help me. It’s faster and easier for them to change my shirt.
Sunday night, my assistant was changing my shirt so I could get in bed.
As she pulled my shirt over my head, Moose walked into my room and nudged my arm.
I told him, “Thank you for your interest in this job, but I’m seeking other, more qualified candidates. The kind who have thumbs.”
He huffed and laid down.
But I’m not sure why. It’s either because he didn’t get hired or because he was impatiently waiting for his bedtime snack.
Here’s the dissection:
Mundane activity & routine life situation — Simple, physical tasks like changing my shirt.
Details — Trying to change my shirt but ending up tired, sweaty, and bitchy.
Drama — My dog entering my room, and me making a joke.
Emotions — My dog huffing in disgust.
Here’s your prompt:
Mundane activity & routine life situation — Tell me about a simple task you don’t like to do or can’t do.
Details — What happens when you try to complete the task yourself? Give me at least 3 examples.
Drama — Does anything happen that’s out of the ordinary? Do you get interrupted or sidetracked? Are you able to make a joke about it?
Emotions — How does that make you (or other people or your pets) feel?
Now it’s your turn:
- Fill out the prompt.
- Snap a picture.
- And share your story on Instagram.
Feeling extra share-y? Tag me on Instagram. I promise to love & comment on your post. Because I know it’ll be storytelling gold.
Wanna see what mundane activities & routine life situations other people are spinning into storytelling gold and give them some love? Use the hashtag #grumpyprompts