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Writing exercise: Celebrating Others, a letter to someone worth celebrating

Creative writing exercises based on the theme of Celebration

Language: English
Genre: Inspiration
Age group: 15-18, Adults

Last updated: 30 April 2021

Though it may feel slightly alien at the moment, celebration is still a powerful force in our day to day lives.

Whether it’s congratulating ourselves on that perfect cup of tea we just brewed, basking in the joy of a memory we’ll never forget or reflecting on the special person who makes life that little bit sweeter, celebration allows us to embrace the moment and take stock of what’s important in our lives.

'Letter writing is the only device for combining solitude with good company.' – Lord Byron

Having a proper conversation with our friends, loved ones and family has been tricky over the past year. While we’ve improvised with Zoom calls, many of us are pining for that one-on-one quality time with the people that always seem to make life better.

So why not try communicating in a different way. Let that special person know how much they mean to you by writing them a letter.

It might inspire others to take the time to celebrate the people in their lives that have helped them. And we could all do with a little extra celebration right now!

Warm-up exercise

'[…]really great [people] make you feel that you, too, can become great.' – Mark Twain

Draw three columns on a piece of paper. In the first write down some names of people in your life you think deserve to be celebrated. In the second, list a few of the qualities that make that person special to you. In the third, think about some moments when these qualities have helped you in your life. From forcing you to confront something about yourself to helping you heal during a difficult time.

Brainstorm

Focus on your feelings and memories of the moments you’ve just jotted down. Why were they important? Maybe you were a child and positive you were about to receive the row of your life only to be met with kindness instead. Did a friend offer you some light during a particularly dark period?

Try thinking about some of the scenarios below and jotting down just a few words, images or sentences that come to mind

Looking back:

Looking forward:

In the now with family:

Start writing

Now that you know which moments you’d like to focus on and why they were important it’s time to start your piece.

Inspiration

Delicious magazine commissioned three of today’s best food writers to write a letter to the cooks who had inspired them – check out Letter to my Food Hero(this will open in a new window) to see how they got on.

Share your story

As part of our annual writing project – Your Stories – we’re asking people all over Scotland to submit true stories inspired by this year’s theme, Celebration. If you've used one of our prompts, we'd love to read what you've written! Send us your story by Friday 11 June.

Share your story