A fabulous author I know heard this from a fabulous author she knows, and she passed it on to me. She said, “Nothing bad ever happens to a writer. It’s all material!”
How true is this? I mean, I’m not going to take away terrible times in your life and say they weren’t bad or left no mark, but really this is true. Think about your past, or maybe something that happened just a week ago, or even today. That’s a story waiting to be told!
Here is your weekend assignment: “When did we start getting homework?” you ask. (that’s not the assignment by the way. YOU asked the question- and don’t try to pretend like you didn’t.) Occasional assignments will improve your writing skills so stop whining and listen up:
Get a bucket or a hat or something that will hold paper bits. Write down each year from now back to the last event you can recall with clarity. (If your brain works like mine that will consist of today and yesterday so it may not be too compelling).
Cut them into strips, put them into the hat, shake it all around and draw one out. Look at the year and think about something that happened to you during that time period. It doesn’t have to be monumental. You’d be amazed at what can create a fantastic story. Then get a move on and write! See what you come up with. I’ll bet it’s more than you thought it would be…:0)