Today’s prompt comes from editor Stuart Horwitz, author of the Book Architecture method and all-round top chap. If you get a chance to hear him talk at a writers’ conference or meeting, run, don’t walk! He’ll help you look at story structure in a whole new (and, in my opinion, more accessible) way than you’ve come across before. And possibly blow your head wide open, all the better for stories to fall out of it!
Write A Story Set In A Time Period You Connect With
- Find a time period in history that you connect with deeply. It could be the politics or the architecture or the cuisine or the religion that interests you.
- Now imagine that you are living in that time.
- What job do you do? How are you dressed? What kind of family relationships do you have? Is your life a happy or a sad one?
- What are the three main events of your life?
Stuart Horwitz is the founder and principal of Book Architecture, a firm of independent editors based in Providence, RI. Book Architecture’s clients have reached the best-seller list in both fiction and non-fiction, and have appeared on Oprah!, The Today Show, The Tonight Show, and in the most prestigious journals in their respective fields. His first book Blueprint Your Bestseller (Penguin/Perigee), was named one of the best books about writing by The Writer magazine. His third book, Finish Your Book in Three Drafts, will be released June 6th of this year.
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I’ve been wanting to write about this time in my life for a while now. Glad for the chance. Many thanks!
OK, I’m running very late with the posting, and later with the sharing. I am still here, though. Here’s May 5:
Well, I sort of rushed through today’s story: https://storiesbystolle.wordpress.com/2016/05/05/day-5-turnstiles. And that’s becoming a problem, so this is likely the end of the road for me. I wish I had more time to write this month, but there’s no sense struggling.
I enjoyed this one a lot. Thank you, Stuart Horwitz!
Glad to hear it worked for you, Monique!! Very evocative writing, and very cool that it is from your family as well.
Used both prompts: https://promptlywritten.wordpress.com/2016/05/05/the-proper-gentlemans-wife-flash-fiction/
Here is my attempt: https://angietrafford.wordpress.com/2016/05/05/story-a-day-day-five/
This is terrific, Angela! Great job — very absorbing.