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                   --Lee Pound

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Day 48 Story - A Story of Contrasts

A white rose stands for a lot of things, mostly positive, like redemption, light, fun, etc. This story (365 Stories in a Year blog) began as a phrase, the white rose, and turned in an interesting direction. I took a phrase and rose that stood for light and explored what might happen to a woman who sees it as standing for darkness.

It made for an interesting story and shows another source of ideas for stories. Take a common phrase with a common meaning and turn it on its head. Create a contrast with the reader’s default experience of white roses and make the reader think.

This story works on several levels. See if you can find all of them.

Day 47 Story - Seeing a Doctor in France

I wrote this story primarily because I was tired from six hours of working on taxes this afternoon and didn’t want to write a very long tale. This story (365 Stories in a Year blog) is a simple tale of how I got sick one day in France and visited a doctor and got prescriptions filled near to midnight in the rural south of the country.

I think this is an interesting tale and after checking Google a few minutes ago, I found a number of other tales of similar experiences there. At any rate, the story is done and I’ll be back again tomorrow with another one. See you then.

Day 46 Story - A Vast Number of Ideas Waiting For a Writer

After doing 46 of these stories a few patterns are starting to emerge. Most of the ideas come to me within five or ten minutes after I sit down to write. Most of the ideas come from random phrases that I type into the title space.

This story (365 Stories in a Year blog) began with a phrase that could have several meanings. When I named the title character it quickly settled into an Irish theme.

The fact that it did this is neither good nor bad. If you try too hard to get the perfect story you will never write anything, as I have said repeatedly in Twitter posts and elsewhere. This idea became a story that worked and that is all that counts.

The fact that I’ve done 46 stories this way tells me that it is valid and that all the agonizing over finding ideas is a cover for censoring every good idea that comes forth and therefore never writing anything.

There is no shortage of ideas for anyone who wants to write stories. They are all around us, in things we see, people we meet, places we’ve been, and tales we’ve heard.

Let’s all start using them.

Day 45 Story - Quality Does Count

This story (365 Stories in a Year blog) shows why quality it so important in writing and in everything else you do. If you just get by you will get “get by” results. If you take a little extra time to make sure that what you do is quality, you will be far more successful.

This story emerged from a phrase “one leaf at a time” that came to me as I sat down to write this afternoon. The tree-lined street in the story is a wonderful metaphor for how we learn and produce great work from what we have learned.

It’s amazing to me that these stories get longer and deeper as time goes on. I can’t wait to see what number 365 looks like.

Day 44 Story - Can we Really Multitask?

With all of the communication methods available to us today, many people think they can do more than one thing at a time. Studies show that even those who think they are being efficient in this way are actually taking far more time with less accomploishment than if they did one task at a time and concentrated only on it.

This story (365 Stories in a Year blog) gives you a graphic picture of what can happen when you multitask in in appropriate locations. The idea for the story came from wanting to show this problem rather than just talk about it. The story is graphic and I suspect very true for too many people.

Day 43 Story - An Unusual Birthday Party

The idea for this story (365 Stories in a Year blog) originated with a thought about birthdays and the parties we give to celebrate them. What if, I thought, the party was for a person who was no longer alive? Thus this story of a woman who refuses to face her past was born.

It’s important to remember that ideas for stories can come from anywhere and that any given idea can produce any number of stories. Just think of how many stories the title “Henry’s Birthday Wish” could produce.

I often hear people say they don’t know how to come up with story ideas. My answer is that ideas are all around us, in the phrases we hear, the things we see, the moments we share with loved ones, and the dreams we watch at night. All we need to do is recognize these stories and write them.

Day 42 Story - Making Do With What You Have

One of the most important lessons I’ve learned from my dad is that when you face adversity, step back and figure out a way to confront it rather than giving up and running away.

This story (365 Stories in a Year blog) is a perfect example of this mindset. My dad was a master at using whatever materials were present to fix whatever needed fixing. He got himself out of many bad spots by using this talent.

It’s true that many of the technical problems we face today are more difficult than the mechanical problems of his day. However, the mindset would be the same. There is usually a way to get a solution to almost any problem without trashing the technology involved.

This story was going to be about an entirely different type of inventor. However, as I started writing it, I remembered this other kind of invention, the kind my dad typified, a kind that is in short supply these days.

Day 41 Story - Practice is the Key to Success

Malcolm Gladwell in his book Outliers showed that most successful people practiced their craft for as many as 10,000 hours before they succeeded. Having spent 15 years as a newspaper editor, which at 2,000 hours a year is 30,000 hours of writing, editing, and photography, I have a pretty good idea where my writing skills came from.

In this story (365 Stories in a Year blog), I show how we forget that the overnight sensations are usually not overnight sensations but put in many years of hard work before they ever succeed.

I believe that this is an important lesson for all of us. Talent does not produce overnight success. Even child prodigies trained before they performed and practiced before they succeeded. It also tells us that it is never too late to begin and that the only thing blocking us from success is our minds and our denial.

The story came easily from the idea of writing about “The Entertainer” even though I took it from a different direction. Most writers would have written about a person who was already entertaining, not one who never knew he wanted to be an entertainer.

Enjoy.

Day 40 Story - Taking Charge of Your Life

Too many times we try to live vicariously through the experiences of another. We follow that person, lean on his or her every word, and try to become a clone.

This is a terrible mistake, as shown in this story (365 Stories in a Year blog). In just a few words, it is okay to be a fan. It is insane to obsess about another person. There is enough success for all of us in this world and there is enough time for all of us to create success on our own terms.

I hope you will not see yourself in Tommy but if you do I hope you will also come to the same realizations he did before it is too late.

By the way, I’m not sure where this story came from other than my own deep conviction that people who become obsessive fans are giving away their power to someone who cares nothing for them. When I wrote the words “The Fan” in the title space, my mind immediately went to the kind that follows other people, not the kind that hangs from the ceiling.

It’s okay to be a fan. The message of this story is that it’s not okay to overdo it.

Day 39 Story - Happy Birthday

No, it’s not anyone’s birthday today, except that this blog is celebrating it’s 39th day of posts.

Today’s story (365 Stories in a Year blog) is about what I call my 39th birthday. Now I’m not sure the birthday candle fire happened on this birthday but it was somewhere along that timeframe.

Anyway, I noticed that the blog was on its 39th day so we all know how significant 39th birthdays are and I decided to tell my story of my eventful birthday in this story.

This idea came from associating a significant milestone for most people with a funny party of my own. It’s just lucky we didn’t burn the building down or it would have been even more memorable.