There’s a story in every moment

You can sit on a plane or at a (boring) meeting and there may be a story lying in wait. All you have to do is turn, smile and talk to those around you. Every one has a story, has a phrase that sticks, has a tale to tell and places they’ve been. All you need to do is turn, smile and start talking. Do not be afraid to strike up a conversation with the ones near you. And above all, after asking, listen to what they have to tell and take note. You never know when that phrase would seem appropriate when you are writing conversation or laying down a plot.

There’s a story in every moment.

Too many times we try too hard to fomulate a great story. We labour over ideas that HAVE to be spectacular, mind blowing and out of this world. We fashion large words and create outlandish worlds to plant our single dimensional characters.

But stop and talk to those you meet on the bus or a plane or sitting at a coffee shop and you’ll gain a wealth of stories. Real stories with real people, living real lives with real problems and moving in real time. You then take on the role of scribe and thus, chronicle the lives of everyday people. It doesn’t have to be outlandish or spectacular, just honest and true.

Try it. talk to someone and listen to the story, yet untold.

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One Response to There’s a story in every moment

  1. Paper Tiger Press says:

    I completely agree with you, the focus we as writers place on our own supposed ability to generate is sort of a myth. I like to think of creativity as a hybrid of experiences and ideas gleaned from my own life. Ray Bradburry says in his book Zen and the Art of Writing that you must never, for any price give up the great grain silos of stuff inside yourself. Use it and gain more of it. People are complex and incredible. Thank you for this refreshing encouragement. Keep those ears and eyes open. The world is so big.

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