Tuesday, September 30, 2014

New Feature: Totally Random Tuesdays!

I am introducing a new feature here on The Lonely Young Writer. "Totally Random Tuesdays" will be, as the name might suggest, totally random and on Tuesdays.

This isn't an every Tuesday thing.  It's a random, whatever-Tuesday-I feel-like-posting-something thing.

Not only is the timing random, the topic will be too.  Will it be pictures of my cats?  Raising awareness for a certain cause?  A vlog?  More stuff about writing? Who knows?

All you know is that it's going to be on Tuesday, and it will be totally random.

For today's TRT, I would like to bring your awareness to a specific cause and challenge you with a writing exercise.

Image courtesy of www.mofas.org

 It's the last day of September, and September is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Month.  But FASD isn't something we can ignore the rest of the year.  It's a serious problem in America, and many people still don't even know what it is.  FASD is a birth defect caused by the mother drinking alcohol during pregnancy.  It's the most common birth defect and the most preventable one.  Check out these websites to learn more about this serious social problem.

Now, for your writing challenge, write a very short story (1,000 words or less) from the perspective of a) a person who suffers from FASD or b) the mother (either biological or adoptive) of a child with FASD. If you'd like to, please share what you wrote for the writing challenge in the comments.  Share it with everyone you know. 

It seems strange, but writing is a way to change the world around us.  Books often trigger social change.  The working and sanitary conditions in meat packing plants improved after Upton Sinclair pointed out how bad the conditions were in his book The Jungle.  Words are powerful things.  With words as well as actions, we can fight the problem of FASD. We can change the world.

Please help me spread awareness by sharing this blog post on your favorite social network.  If you want, you can also check out and share the post I did on this topic over at Lamps and Mirrors, my other blog: An Exercise in Speculation

Give a shout-out of support to those who face the problem of FASD or struggle with addiction in the comments.

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