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Blog > July Writing Prompt: What would you like to become an expert in?

The writing prompts invite postcrossers to write about a different topic on their postcards’ messages every month. These are just suggestions though — if you already know what you want to write about, or the recipient gives you some pointers, that’s great too!

This month, we’ve chosen a prompt from a forum post by esca0417 which really piqued our interest. We all have special topics that we know a lot about, from postcards to trains to almost anything else you can imagine… but what are the topics that you don’t yet know about, the ones where you’d love to learn everything and become an expert? What would you pick?

In July, write about what you’d choose if you could just go to sleep and wake up the next day an expert in any subject!
The Rosetta stone

For me, it’s really difficult to choose… I have so many interests I know a little about, and I’d love to know more about any one of them. Some have been preoccupations since childhood (Ancient Egypt and dinosaurs), and some are more recent (the history of fabrics and food, for instance). And for me, the journey is half the fun, so I wouldn’t choose to skip to the end of my degree and be an expert in epidemiology right now!

I think in the end I’d choose something that gives me a chance to learn even more about something that I already find interesting—I’d love to become an expert in Egyptian hieroglyphs, so that I can actually read ancient inscriptions for myself. I’m not great at learning languages or deciphering visual things, so in this case I’d really appreciate the boost of a magic wish to become an expert overnight.

Of course, now I’ve picked something, I can think of a dozen other subjects I’d love to become an expert in… maybe I’ll write about some of those on the postcards I send this month! If you’re not sure what to write on your own postcards this month, maybe you can do the same? We’d love to see your ideas about what you’d become an expert in here in the comments, as well!



31 comments so far

APol, Poland
Interesting question! :-)
I want to be an expert in the Equestrian Statues on postcards from around the world.

reject_humanity, Russia
Wow, cool theme! I will definitely write about her in my next postcard!
I would like, well, probably, to be an expert in terms of the structure of the universe or space, or maybe an expert in some religion. Or an expert in terms of the traditions of his country, something like that. I don’t even know, everything is so interesting!)

priyannaik, India
Excellent prompt ! Cool !! Want to become an expert in dispatching handwritten postcards !!!

cjf3848, United States of America
I would love to wake up an herbalist! I grow herbs for cooking and for decoration, but would love to learn more.

merouan, Morocco
When i was kid, i'd love to write about planets, galaxy, astronomy. So i 'd love to be expert in comets and univers, stars..

ValentinaLavina, Lithuania
I would like to be an expert of my heart ❤️

CHEZIN, United States of America
I'd love to be an expert in aviation. Along with airline trips I have also flown in a Cessna and got to pilot it on my discovery flight and then with a friend who is a pilot. I have been fascinated with airplanes since the first time I went to the airport as a kid-many years ago. I would have liked to be a flight attendant as my profession but never got to do that.

booboo_babies, United States of America
I would like to continue learning new arts and crafts and revisiting arts/crafts that I've done before. Recently, I have been working on making a rug. The last time that I made a rug was when I was a teenager during the 1970s. Back then, I used yard and a latch hook, now I'm using old T-shirts and directions from the Internet. I have found rug making to be enjoyable with both methods. Hopefully, I will continue to have fun doing crafts!

BeckyS, United States of America
An expert on the works of Charles Dickins.

jeffbh, United States of America

StephanieJo, United States of America
I would love to be an expert in etymology. In that way, I can decipher words and communicate better with people of other countries if I knew more root words, word origins, pronunciation rules, etc.

Flippie, Canada
I'm just diagnosed with osteoarthritis in my right knee. Now I like to become an expert why some people get OA and why others never. Is it the environment, culture or work related.........

Oxalis, Norway
I used to be so interested in ancient Egypt too, especially hieroglyphs! I wish I could be an expert in this field. And in animal health, the Italian language, Christian history, classic architecture and geography… Looks like I have a lot of reading to do! Too bad with my cronic brain fog and bad memory, lol!

Acacia1030, China
I want to be good at hand accounting and painting. It's really a super bonus skill. This kind of hand accounting can be turned into art. You can understand that many pictures and nice stickers are added to the diary for decoration.

LindyLouLou, United States of America
I value continual learning and recently I read the book " Paper, Paging Through History" by Mark Kurlansky. Quite a fascinating book and
Learning about paper seems to go with Postcarding.

JLBauer, United States of America
I would like to be a history expert particularly American History. With so much controversy and division in the United States these days it would helpful to have my own point of view.

Mauveone, United Kingdom
I have only just joined this group, I have sent a postcard to Germany and it was received! I am waiting to see who will be posting me a card and where they are from. My hobbies are - outdoors, gardening. Indoors hosting a poetry group online and reading. Hobbies that are growing in my interest, the more involved I am. Of course, Postcards are coming in strong as my new interest.

niki5, United States of America
It'd be nice if people post the picture of the answers (without address of course) on their insta with #PCJuly21

Ceres1849, United Kingdom
I would love to have been "an engraver" but life took a different course. Engraving has always fascinated me especially with my love of Philately that such detail and intricate work can be achieved if you have the right tools, a very fine eye and a very steady hand. Many countries still use engraving to produce a design and I would love to have done that but too late now I think. But I can still sit and watch an engraver at work for hours and be totally immersed in the skills.

clutsche, Germany
I would love to play an instrument and be an expert of the BLUES!

Sinly, United States of America
I too would like to be an expert in aviation. Figured it would be so helpful during an emergency or zombie apocalypse. I have friends who have their pilots license and the freedom of travel would be so satisfying. If I could fly so easily it would definitely up my postcard game. Have a great weekend!

Waldo, United Kingdom
I would like to wake up and see the day as the dreamtime of expertise, the first or earlier step of what might in the future prove to be a skill, a time that then could be looked back at as the foundation of a skill. I would not want to miss the journey any expertise has to make.

ceoramalho, Brazil
Playing very well the piano!!!!

GigiJordanHunter, United States of America
Oh my! Where to start! I would like to be an expert in genealogy. Of course, that is a subject that can have so many sub-topics to specialize in. I especially enjoy reading death certificates and exploring cemeteries. I would also like to know more about the faiths, beliefs of ancestors. American history, world history, Russian history, Irish history, ... oh shucks, just history in general. I've always wanted to be a history researcher at a university. Since I'm unable to do that, I'm doing my own research on lots of different topics.

betslets, United States of America
Becoming proficient in at least two languages other than my own English would be a start in acquiring expertise in something. Having lived in other countries, I admired people who made an effort to converse with me in MY language and do a very good job of it. And I especially appreciate Postcrossers whose knowledge of English astounds me.
I would simply like to reciprocate...I try to practice and expand on my few words of German, French and Spanish, but I think study of Russian and Chinese would be a real accomplishment.

melilot, France
I woiuld choose : In European wildlife, especially endangered one. In species that are recovering their previous territory, (or trying) : wolves, bears, lynx, otters,...

ned44440, Ireland
I am going to become an expert at being retired 😁 😂
I have just retired from An Post, the Irish Post Office Service after 41.5 years 😃

ezredax, United States of America
I would love to be an expert at writing postcards. I just never know what to put on the little space. :) Enjoy the day! Demaris

Nightbird, Germany
I'd love to be an expert in immunology and virology. The human immune system is so complex and full of miracles. And a virus may be the tiniest, simplest not even really living being and still will overcome any obstacles to breed and get fitter and better. I really discovered a fascinating world during the last one and a half years!

dianaprince84, United States of America
I wish to be an expert in accentuation, able to recognize whatever accent some has, and able to copy them myself! Accents have always interested me. I would also like to be an expert in language (French, Spanish, ASL, Greek...) handwriting, filmmaking, stamps, writing, etcetera!

Sherri16, United States of America
I would wake up and be an expert in the human psyche, being able to know what the person is not able to process and then help them. I enjoy helping people in many forms so that would be a great thing for me. I feel so helpless when people around me are mentally in pain. Also, it would be great to be an expert in genealogy and be able to find names and dates of people that I'm having problems finding.

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