I used to get hung up on The Big Idea: having something to say; writing a story that was somehow meaningful.
It wasn’t until I tried to write a story a day for the first time, back in 2010, that I realized: the idea doesn’t come first.
The idea (the theme) often doesn’t come until the end of the story when you suddenly realize what it is your characters have been yapping on about for the past few pages.
The character — what the character wants, what the character doesn’t have, and why — are where the story happens.
- Today, come up with a character (could be based on someone you know).
- Think of one thing the character really wants and doesn’t have. (It doesn’t have to be a life-changing thing. It could be a pair of diamond earrings.)
- Make this ‘want’ the central motif of the story. I think you can learn a lot about a person by how they deal with what they don’t have.
- Tell the story of a moment, a day, an incident in the life of this character.
1. You should use the prompt in your story (however obliquely you use the ‘want’, it should be there in the character and all their reactions).
2. You must write the story in one 24 hr period – the faster the better.
3. Post the story in the comments — if you’re brave enough.
4. Find something nice to say about someone else’s story and leave a comment. Everybody needs a little support!
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