Thursday, September 24, 2009

When In Doubt, Write

“The way -- the only way -- to 'find' your story is to tell it.” -- Stephen Koch in The Modern Library Writer’s Workshop.
I participated in last weekend’s WritersWeekly 24-Hour Short Story Contest (more on this in tomorrow’s post). It’s an interesting exercise and one that illustrates today’s quote perfectly. Those registered for the contest are sent a prompt on the designated Saturday, and they have 24 hours to craft a story and submit it. Why is it an example of today's quote? Because, as it states, in order to figure out what the story is, the author has to begin writing at some point. You can only think about what the story might be for so long. I’ll share how I completed this task in Friday’s post.

3 comments:

Koala Bear Writer said...

Interesting. I'm someone who mulls over stories for a while before starting them... except for a few that I have started and now I'm wondering where they're going. :) But sometimes just writing and going where the story goes reveals interesting people or plots.

Jim Harrington said...

Thanks for the comment, KBW. There are stories I ponder for a few days before starting, especially if I only have a vague idea what it's about. In the case of this contest, there's not a lot of time to think. :) Sometimes, I think that's a good thing.

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