Expat Sat: Writing Prompt #10: Kooky

Welcome to Expat Sat, the culturally kooky, map nonspecific, sometimes bewildering, always fascinating intersection of expat life and writerhead. And where every Saturday, I offer tips for writing, publishing, and thriving to expat writers around the globe.

This is #10 of 10 in a series of writing prompts for expat writers. So listen up, my nomadic pals. Then grab your keyboards and start writing. (Yup, the last one in this series. But don’t worry…there’s more fun stuff a’coming.)


kooky |ˈkoōkē| adjective ( kookier, kookiest ) informal; strange or eccentric

I love the kooky stuff. The wacky stuff. The stuff that makes you whip your head around and say Huh?

When I first moved to China, nearly everything was kooky. The hospital patients strolling the neighborhood with their IV bags in tow. The frog-tying guy on Wulumuqi Road. The fish that escaped its basket and flopped as fast as it could down Anfu Road, trying (and failing) to escape from the cook who chased it. Expat rants. Crazy-ass mannequins in shop windows. And so much more.

Assignment: What is the kookiest thing you’ve seen in your host country? What has made you whip your head around and say Huh? Write about it.

Tip: Put the kooky thing in context. Don’t leave it out there floating in space. Are there cultural reasons for this particular kookiness? Is there anything in your home country to which you can compare it? Did you tell anyone about this kooky thing at the time you saw it? Did anyone else see it? What was their response?


Have some fun with this one…and as always, get thee to writerhead!


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