Recently, I've been learning that the secret sauce to success in my life is HELPING OTHERS WIN. (I even created an awesome poster to remind me of this truth).
Among several initiatives that have resulted from this insight, providing aspiring writers a platform to get their stories out has taken central stage. In other words, I WANT TO HELP YOU TELL YOUR STORY! I've met a with few of you who have really great stories to share. Some of your stories were real life accounts that blew my mind, others were fictional accounts that made me go, "whoa!"
Here's your chance to share that story! Over the next few weeks, I'm going to take a step back from blogging and FEATURE YOUR STORIES ON MY WEEKLY BLOG POST!
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to tell an awesome story. Here are your instructions:
- Write a SHORT STORY (1500 words) about the most interesting experience you’ve ever had, heard of, or made up.
- Fill out the form below and submit all entries before Sunday, November 15, 2015. The TOP FIVES stories will be selected from all the entries and published on the blog! (You can also use my email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
- As a guideline to help you build a structure for your story, I suggest using Donald Miller's STORYLINE layout in his FREE downloadable eBook, "HOW TO TELL A STORY". (His big idea is pictured below)
For those of you considering writing a fictional story, here are a four writing prompts to get your creative juices flowing. (credit for these prompts go to Bryan Cohen).
- You have been given a time machine by a complete stranger and can travel to any point in the history of Earth. Where will you travel to and why? What is your first week like in this new period? What obstacles/surprises did you face where and when you went? If you went to the past, how did your actions affect the present? How will it affect the future you?
- You've just witnesses the awful end of the world. It was such a disturbing dream that you have a hard time going back to sleep. But there's just one problem. Everything that happened in the beginning of your dream, from your trip to work to your conversations with your coworkers, are word-for-word in line with the apocalyptic dream you just had. What happens next and what do you do about it?
- Imagine that you have a $100 bill in your wallet/purse. You go to the grocery store and after making purchases, you spend exactly $100. On your way to your car, you check your wallet/purse again and there is another $100 bill. You spend it again. It comes back! Detail your first week with this ever replenishing $100 bill. What do you purchase? Who finds out about it and how does that create trouble for you?
- It is 11:30pm and there is a glass scratching sound on your window. You get up and look out the window but don't see anything. Returning to your bed, the windows suddenly breaks and something jumps in. The Zombie apocalypse has begun! It's now a game of survival. Your neighborhood is overrun by the dead and it's now a game of survival. What do you do to make sure you are one of the people left by the end of the week?