Weekly Writing Challenge: Love in the 21st Century
We blog for a million different reasons, but in the end, we’re all storytellers. Creative Writing Challenges are here to help you push your writing boundaries and explore new ideas, subjects, and writing styles.
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My last relationship, which turned into a marriage, was unexpected — nurtured on the internet, with me in San Francisco and my husband-to-be in Cairo, in the form of Twitter @replies, Skype chats, and long epic emails. I even mused about it on my blog for readers — many of them strangers — to read.
I have told the story about how we met — and how “us” materialized — many times. Some people have very different stories about love and romance and marriage. Others nod their heads in agreement and have experienced quite similar paths.
Long-distance love. Nomadic relationships. Online dating. Marriage in the time of Facebook. Today, love can be complex in new ways. What is love in this digital age? How do we define it? I’m a big fan of the New York Times’ Modern Love series for this reason — it’s a varied collection of personal essays on contemporary relationships, often poignant and heart-breaking, that reveal how undefinable and elusive love can be.
For this challenge, we want you to write about 21st-century love. We encourage you to get personal and share your own story, but if you don’t want to go that route, we welcome commentary, opinion, and even humor pieces on your definition of love in this modern age. Here are some ideas to get you thinking:
- Romance on the internet: describe a relationship that blossomed online.
- Online dating disaster: tell us about your awkward avatar-to-flesh encounter.
- Love, longing, and long distance: write about a romance halted by the many miles in between.
- Contemporary love commentary: muse on the role of social media in relationships.
We’re really excited to read your stories, essays, and commentary.