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Writing prompt: Community legends

Use these activities to write a story about a legend in your community

Language: English

Last updated: 27 March 2023

Storytelling is inherent to Scotland's national identity. The stories we tell, and who we share them with, are a fundamental part of our lives.

From remembering the tales passed down to us from family, the singular moments that brought us to a deeper understanding of ourselves, or the places, people and communities that helped us find home, stories connect us to ourselves and the people around us.

When we think of the stories that have played a big part in our lives, chances are some big personalities sit alongside them. Within every community there are those who go that extra mile; the people that touch everyone's lives in some way. People that inspire others to live in a way that's meaningful to them or explore their passions.


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 column, write the names of some people that have had a big impact on you or your community over the years. In the second, list some of the qualities that make those people special (their acts of kindness, tireless work, inspirational outlook on life). In the third column, write down some of the moments when these qualities have directly impacted your own life.


Time to focus on the specifics of the moments you've just been thinking about. Why were they important? Why have they stuck with you? Perhaps a local librarian's knowledge and kindness led you to find the first book you truly loved. Did your favourite teacher's positivity and belief in you inspire you to achieve something great?

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

Looking back

Looking forward

Enjoying the now

Start writing

Now that you know what you'd like to focus on it's time to start writing!

Decide on the perspective you are writing from. Will you frame it from an earlier version of yourself to heighten the emotion or immediacy? Or if you'd like it to feel more reflective and intimate you could try writing a letter instead.

If the images associated with your larger than life figure are particularly vivid, why not try and capture the story through a comic strip.