Have you ever been interviewed? I have, and the experience surprised me.
My son once interviewed me for his newsletter at school and he asked some very interesting questions. They weren’t what I expected and I suspect my answers revealed some curious clues about the person his mother really was.
Marcel Proust was a famous French essayist and novelist. He frequently played a parlor game that asked a set list of questions intended to reveal someone's true nature. It’s said that his friend Antoinette introduced him to these questions when he was a young teen.
It became a popular diversion and is known as the Proust Questionnaire to this day.
I invite you to participate in a new Slack Challenge by answering a selection of these questions in an article of your creation on Illumination. Keep your answers short and don’t overthink.
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I’d like to invite all members of Illumination-Slack to answer a shortened version of the Proust Questionnaire.
Create an article with your answers and submit them to Illumination. This is a great way to make connections with other writers and readers here.
There are other benefits to performing this challenge.
- You may find you have content that will support you in creating your writer biography, which is a great success tool.
- Your answers may serve as an inspiration for poetry or short stories.
- I have created a special channel on Slack where you are invited to share these responses. #editor-challenges-and-writer-responses
- I will create a collection of your responses which will provide you with additional opportunities for exposure to new readers.
For your title or subtitle, I suggest you use the following
and tag yourself in place of @yourname.
The Proust Questionnaire Answered by @yourname
1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?
2. What is your greatest fear?
3. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
4. Which living person do you most admire?
5. What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
6. On what occasion do you lie?
7. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
8. What or who is the greatest love of your life?
9. When and where were you happiest?
10. Which talent would you most like to have?
11. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
12. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
13. Where would you most like to live?
14. What do you most value in your friends?
15. Which historical figure do you most identify with?
16. Who are your heroes in real life?
17. What is your greatest regret?
18. What is your motto?
(A quick tip — use “paste as plain text” when you copy this into your article.)
In case you’re interested, here’s the complete questionnaire.
Thanks for participating!
I look forward to reading your answers and making a connection.
For more support in writing your Bio, read this advice from two excellent editors.
Seven Great Reasons Why Every Writer Should Write Up A Bio
Yet another great way to succeed on Illumination.
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