It is September 11th. America still mourns as we remember one of the most tragic events of our history, that occurred 15 years ago. It is also a weekend to celebrate the beginning of football season. There is a lot to inspire us to write about, whether we are out and about to participate in the events or just sitting on the couch watching it all on TV.
Here are some ideas on what to write about from the events of this memorable weekend.
- The entire nation was affected on September 11th. Perhaps you experienced the tragedy firsthand. Think back to the emotions you were feeling on that day. Did you know someone involved? Were you watching helplessly as it all happened on live television? How long did it take for you to recover after the event occurred?
- A lot of time may have past, but for some, the wounds may still be fresh. What feelings stir with the memorials each year? If you were too young to remember that day, what do you think about when you hear about the events that day?
- We cannot escape the photos that surface all over social media on a day like today. Use some of those pictures as inspiration to write about those moments. Imagine you were there and seeing it all transpire. Describe the photos in a poem, as if to someone who knows nothing about 911.
- Take a patriotic approach. How did we, as a nation, come together to support each other that day? How has the nation changed since then? What can we continue to learn as we remember this tragedy every year?
- Football is one of America’s favorite pastimes. How are you feeling now that your favorite sport is back in season? Are you a lifelong fan of one team? Tell us why you love them and how they became your team of choice. How dedicated of a fan are you and what items do you hold dear to display your fandom?
- What are some ways you prepare for the games? Do you enjoy it with a group of friends or prefer to watch it in the comfort of your own home. If you have been to a live game, write about some details of the experience. Use all the senses to capture the essence of being there for someone who has never seen a game that close.
- The NFL is not without controversy. Some of us just want to enjoy the game without having to listen to all the political jargon. Write about your take on some of the stories highlighted in the news. Put yourself in the shoes of the coaches, and think about what kind of pep-talk you would give to your players before they face the media, or the audience.
This time of the year will always be a historic one. It is filled with patriotism, somber memories, a season of change, and to enjoy a sport many of us love. Let these important moments inspire you to write.
Written by: Donna J. Sanders
Donna is a freelance writer and blogger in West Palm Beach, FL. She is the author of Ataraxia, Cardboard Signs, and Devour Me.
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