Yes! A story a day for an entire year.

Generating material is the first step to finding stories. It doesn’t matter what you write or how you write it, stories come from ideas. Sometimes the ideas are big, often they’re small. Tiny, in fact. 

Prolific creators need more than ideas … We need a pool of material from which to draw. Generating material requires discipline, patience and a good dollop of creativity.

But we all need to convert. Ideas alone do not make a writer.

Friend and colleague Richard Holt set himself the task of writing a story per day for an entire year! To maintain his motivation, he also committed to publishing each story online and, to enhance his focus, he refined the theme of his stories to ‘love’. If this post inspires you to play with micro-fiction (aka flash fiction), you might want to enter the inaugural Flashing the Square very short story competition. Entries due March 31.

Thank you, Richard, for being A story to tell‘s inaugural ‘pearl of wisdom’. 

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In future, each pearl will be less than ten minutes so you can snaffle the wisdom and inspiration in a nice crisp bite. Next post will be the second half of Richard’s pearl. It’s a pearler.

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Comments
  • Jay Derrick
    4 years ago - Reply

    Loving the words Ann – thanks!

    • AnnBolch
      AnnBolch
      4 years ago - Reply

      Thanks, Jay!

  • Michelle Deans
    4 years ago - Reply

    This is so inspiring. In my ‘day job’, the one that pays the bill, I rely completely on good systems, deadlines and promises. Promises to clients that is. Funny that it’s so hard to apply a similar approach to what I’d like to think was my real writing. So, will call myself a client and commit to a story a day.

    • AnnBolch
      AnnBolch
      4 years ago - Reply

      Isn’t it inspiring? And so exciting that it’s urged you to write a story a day, too. If you need prompts, go to Sarah Selecky’s daily prompts. Best o’ luck treating yourself as a client … hadn’t thought of it quite like that. Thanks for your contibution, Michelle. Cheers, Ann

  • Miranda Van Styn
    3 years ago - Reply

    Finally got ’round to watching this, and so glad I did. Very inspiring….Thank you Richard, and Ann of course!

    • AnnBolch
      AnnBolch
      3 years ago - Reply

      Thanks Miranda.

      Part 2 of Richard’s pearl is coming out early next week so stay tuned!

      Ann

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