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— John Keeble, author of Nocturnal America
Midge Raymond
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Weekly Writing: Pet Peeves

There are certain things that annoy us all — leaf blowers at eight o’clock on a Saturday morning, for example, or typos on billboards — and, naturally, what annoys us can also reveal quite a lot about us…just as pet peeves can reveal so much about our characters.

Write about your (or your main character’s) top three pet peeves. Then write about why and how it came about, i.e., what might be the origin of these particular peeves?

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1 The Wednesday Web Browser for Writers | ErikaDreifus.com { 12.20.11 at 10:33 pm }

[…] peeves and annoyances into fee-garnering writing (for one example, see this essay). So naturally, Midge Raymond’s latest writing prompt caught my […]

2 Sean P. Farley { 12.26.11 at 9:53 am }

This prompt made me angry! Ok, the prompt itself didn’t make me angry, but writing about, and reliving, my horrible past in the customer service industry left a bad taste in my mouth. Why? Cell phones! Nothing worse than customers on cell phones when I tried to take their order. Biggest pet peeve EVER.

3 Midge { 12.26.11 at 10:41 am }

Sean, I can only imagine … so sorry you had to relive this horrible past! Naturally, this is why I find this prompt so handy: you get to channel all this into your writing. I, for one, can’t wait to see where it takes you … !

4 Lori Greenstone { 12.30.11 at 9:50 am }

Perfect prompt- put pen to peeve and unravel its mystery; it then becomes a deep well of fodder, making annoyance into a productive past time- just what I needed right now- thanks Midge