Story Starters: Neighborhood

Story Starters: Neighborhood

This Week’s Story Starters: Neighborhood

  • What made you choose to move to this neighborhood?
  • If you were a real estate agent or travel agent, what words would you use to describe the reasons to visit your area?
  • When you walk around your street, who do you wave at or what do you see that makes you smile?
  • Who has a yard that you admire or always throws the best parties?
  • What does your neighborhood do together?
  • How do you welcome new families?
  • Where do you like to take your children, go for a walk, or spend a quiet moment?
  • How has your neighborhood changed over the years or what plans are there for improvements?
  • What are your favorite parts about living there?
  • What changes happen through each season?
  • What recreational facilities does your neighborhood have?
  • What are the local restaurants, shops, and galleries?
  • What areas are good for walking, biking, picnicking, or outdoor fun?
  • What contests or parties does your neighborhood host?
  • What holiday traditions does your neighborhood have?
  • How long have you lived there?
  • What gives you and your neighbors’ yards curb appeal?
  • What friendships or connections have you made in your neighborhood?
  • How many people live in your neighborhood? What are the demographics?
  • What do you and your neighbors do when someone suffers a loss?
  • How big are the yards and what do people put in them?
  • Who are the community leaders?
  • How are community-wide decisions made?
  • What contributions has your neighborhood made to your town?
  • What do the residents do to make others feel welcome?
  • Whose door do you knock on for a cup of sugar or to borrow a tool?
  • How does the neighborhood communicate with the residents?
  • What changes would you like to see in your area? What can you and your neighbors do to make those changes happen?
  • What is the history of your neighborhood (i.e. developer, builder, year established, the original property owner was this person and used the land for this purpose)?
  • What do you and your neighbors do when someone suffers a loss?
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    Story Starters: Reading

    Story Starters: Reading

    This Week’s Story Starters: Reading

  • What book(s) or author(s) did you enjoy as a child or teenager?
  • As a child, what one author’s books did you always purchase?
  • What genre or series did you gravitate towards (i.e. The Hardy Boys Mysteries, comic book section)?
  • What character did you love or illustrations you adored?
  • Was there a certain story your parents read to you when you were sick?
  • What was your family’s story time ritual?
  • Did you participate in a reading time in the local library or have a Storybook Lady?
  • Where are your favorite childhood books now?
  • What book included a meaningful dedication?
  • What book did you read because of an assignment, but ended up reading for enjoyment?
  • How has something you read in your youth affected your life or career choices or your goals?
  • What book(s) or author(s) do you enjoy as an adult?
  • As an adult, what one author’s books do you always purchase?
  • What genre or series did you gravitate towards (i.e. J.D. Robb’s In Death series, Sue Grafton’s alphabet mysteries)?
  • What character do you love the most?
  • What character reminds you the most of you? Of your spouse? Of your best friend?
  • How do you include reading in your life?
  • What book/series has made the biggest impact on your outlook or opinions?
  • What book have you gifted to someone and what dedication did you write inside?
  • Where do you keep your books?
  • What do you do with the books once you have read them (i.e. return to library, share with a friend, sell at flea market)?
  • How have you passed on your love of these adventures to your children or grandchildren?
  • Do you belong to a book club or reading circle? How has that fellowship changed how you read or understand books?
  • What book did you read on a recommendation and end up loving? What one did you put down?
  • What do you do if you do not enjoy the first few chapters of a book?
  • Whose book recommendations do you always follow?
  • What critic or editor picks do you use to find new books?
  • What characteristics make a book impressive, worthwhile, or enjoyable?
  • Why do you read?
  • Where do you read?
  • How has something you read impacted your life?
  • What is your favorite book to date?
  • If you were to select the winner to a prestigious book award, which book would you choose and why?
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    Story Starters: Friends

    Story Starters: Friends

    This Week’s Story Starters: Friends

  • What were the names of your friends in grade school?
  • What was special about them?
  • What adventures did you have together?
  • What was the stupidest thing you did with your elementary school friends?
  • What is your favorite memory with your grade school friends?
  • What keepsakes do you have from your time with your grade school friends?
  • Where did you meet your best friend?
  • Where is your favorite place to go with your best friend?
  • Who are your friends now?
  • How do you keep in touch with them?
  • How often do you meet up with your friends now?
  • What is the craziest thing you have ever dared your friend to do?
  • Who is the friend you call when you need to laugh?
  • How do you celebrate with your friends?
  • What is your favorite trait about each of your friends?
  • Who were your friends in high school?
  • What did you do together?
  • What were the things you talked about the most?
  • How do you keep in touch with your high school friends?
  • Who is the friend you call when you need to cry?
  • How do you share your life with friends that live afar?
  • How do you show your friends how much they mean to you?
  • What is the favorite memory with your high school friends?
  • What ways do you record your time with your friends?
  • If you and your friends were the cast from a Hollywood movie, what would the name of the film be?
  • Who is the friend you call when you have good news?
  • How do you honor friends you have lost?
  • What stories do your friends have about you?
  • What is your favorite adventure, so far, with your friends?
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    Story Starters: Air

    Story Starters: Air

    This Week’s Story Starters: Air

  • What is your earliest memory of being airborne (i.e. Dad throwing you in the air; playing airplane; actually riding a plane)?
  • What types of flying objects have you owned (i.e. rocket, kite, radio controlled helicopter)?
  • In what ways does air affect your outside décor (i.e. flag waving; wind chimes; wind sock)?
  • What ways do you like to “catch air” (i.e. jump skateboarding; fly over ridges while skiing; wind boarding)?
  • As a child, how did you let the air run past you for an adrenaline rush (i.e. leaning back on a swing; sticking head out the car window; taking feet off pedals and hands of handlebars of your bike)?
  • What ways did watching air fascinate you as a child (i.e. blowing on dandelions; watching clouds float by; sending a parachute toy into the air)?
  • Where is your favorite place to get a burst of fresh air?
  • Where do you go to experience the smell of the air or feel mist falling on you?
  • Who is the “wind beneath your wings”?
  • How do you use air at playtime (i.e. blowing kisses; making pinwheels; blowing bubbles)?
  • What is your favorite technique for making a paper airplane?
  • Who is your kite flying buddy?
  • How do you harness the air for industry (i.e. windmill to generate electricity; the wind to power a sailboat; buying a more aerodynamic bike)?
  • In what ways has the power of air impacted your life?
  • What is your favorite book or movie that includes an air element in it (i.e. Walt Disney’s Pocahontas where her hair moved elegantly around her)?
  • What is your favorite song with “air” or an “air” inspired word in the title?
  • What does “fresh air” mean to you?
  • How do you describe “air to your children?
  • How much time have you spent airborne?
  • How do you imagine “flight” changing in the future?
  • What is your favorite thing about being off the ground?
  • If you could be any imaginary character capable of flying, who would you be and why?
  • With whom do you share your “fresh air” moments?
  • If you could have fifteen minutes of airtime on CNN (or any channel you choose) to say anything you want, what would you say?
  • What techniques do you have for capturing the magic of air in your photography or artwork?
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    Story Starters: One Hour

    Story Starters: One Hour

    This Week’s Story Starters: One Hour

  • What if you had one hour to go anywhere you wanted to go, where would it be?
  • Where would you go with one hour of vacation?
  • Where would you go with one hour to learn?
  • If you had one hour, who would you have a conversation with (anyone living or dead)?
  • How would you spend one hour with your spouse/significant other?
  • How would you spend one hour with your children?
  • How would you spend one hour with your extended family?
  • How would you spend one hour with your friends?
  • What if you had one hour to spend any amount you wanted to spend, what would it do?
  • What would you trade or give up for one hour to do as you please?
  • Who would you take with you to spend one hour doing something?
  • How would you decide how to spend your one hour of anything?
  • What would you take with you to spend one hour doing something?
  • What if you had one hour to eat anything you wanted to eat, what would it be?
  • How would you record your one hour of anything?
  • What would you wish your child to spend one hour doing?
  • What if you had one hour to say anything you wanted to say, what would it be?
  • What would you do with an extra one hour every day?
  • What would you be willing to give up or trade for one extra hour every day?
  • How would spend one extra hour at work?
  • How would you spend one extra hour at home?
  • What if you had one hour to read anything you wanted to read, what would it be?
  • What money value is one hour to you? To your family?
  • What is your favorite hour of the day?
  • If you had one hour each day on the internet, how would you spend it?
  • Who would you choose to listen to for one hour?
  • What makes one hour of quiet special to you?
  • What makes one hour of fellowship special to you?
  • What if you had one hour to do anything you wanted to do, what would it be?
  • How will you spend your one hour tonight?
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