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Welcome to my story ideas blog. Here you will find tips that will help you write stories, books, and articles that create an emotional experience for your readers and help you sell your ideas, products, and services.
                   --Lee Pound

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Day 88 Story - Me and the Namibian Police

This is one of those serendipitous stories (365 Stories in a Year blog) about how I managed to interview a high official in the Namibian government 20 years ago, right after the country gained its independence, all in the name of writing a novel.

The idea is not necessarily new. In fact I have a lot of stories from that trip and have already told some of them on this blog. Not only did it help me finish my novel, it also gave me a whole raft of other stories to tell, including one that appears in almost every speech I give these days.

I had to think a bit to remember this story. In many cases we all have stories like this that we could write but we have simply forgotten them. When you start thinking back over your life, it is amazing what emerges.

Day 87 Story - Now This is One Odd Story

I have to say I’ve never written a story (365 Stories in a Year blog)  like this before, which may be a good reason to read it, or not. The title “Southern Comfort” just came to me as I sat down to write but the story that emerged, now it’s truly nuts.

There’s a lot of really bad grammar in it so don’t worry about that. It’s really a character study of a, well, very unusual farmer. With that, just go and read it and let me know if you hate it or love it. I’m thinking that farmer may well be worth a few more stories.

This is part of the fun of doing a story every day. You never know what’s going to show up next time you sit down to write and that’s the way it should be. That’s why they call it creative writing and the more spontaneous the better.

Enjoy, or not!

Day 86 Story - Starting a Newspaper

This story (365 Stories in a Year blog) is all about starting the first weekly newspaper I worked for many years ago in Placentia, California.

It’s a classic example of a business start-up, which so many people are doing these days because of high unemployment and a weak economy. At some point to make it happen, the owners had to sell advertisers on supporting the publication.

We all know what can happen to a business that is poorly planned, poorly financed, and poorly run. It usually fails, today just as it would have 40 years ago, because nobody can sell the conept.

Day 85 Story - Winning and Losing in Politics

This story (365 Stories in a Year blog) is about my two political races, one in high school and one in college, that ended with different results. There is a strong marketing lesson that I learned from these experiences.

Making something happen, whether it is winning a political race, convincing someone to accept your ideas, or selling your products, is a matter of marketing and sales. If you do nothing to sell people on what you have, you will go nowhere.

Day 84 Story - Gourmet Toastmasters

This story (365 Stories in a Year blog) is about a special dinner presented by a special Toastmasters Club I belong to. There are times when you absolutely must give credit for a fine culinary performance and Nigel Blackwell and his crew did a wonderful job putting on this gourmet dinner tonight.

I will leave it at this. If you have an extra special event happen to you, give credit and give it enthusiastically.

Day 83 Story - The Strange Night in the Castle

This story (365 Stories in a Year blog) is an example of how a story can turn on itself. I originally planned it to be a story about what happens after the lights go out in a castle but it went in an entirely different direction that is intriguing and yet mysterious.

This is a story without a resolution because it is about a life with no resolution, a life that continually recycles the same events in unchanging succession.


Day 82 Story - The Problem With Belief and Tradition

This story could be controversial because it makes a bold statement about how we perceive things in our world, perceptions that are not necessarily correct.

This story (365 Stories in a Year blog) is about a king and a secret inscription. In our world, every country has a secret inscription of its own. See what happened when the king and a young man tried to reveal the truth about their kingdom’s secret inscription.

Day 81 Story - A Fable About Starting Your Own Business

This story (365 Stories in a Year blog) is a fable about starting your own business. It is modeled in some ways on how I started my career but of course I am not a financial planner nor do I want to be one.

The point of the story is that there are many ways to start a business but only a few that will create the probability of  success.

Too many people simply open an office but don’t know what to do after that. This story shows you how to make an impression in your market.

Day 80 Story - A Milestone for Stories

Today marks story #80 in my plan to write a story a day for a year. It was simple to come up with. It’s the story of how I came to write stories every day and how it’s working out.

The lesson in this story (365 Stories in a Year blog) is that anything can be possible if you want it badly enough. I wanted to post on my blog every day. So I set that goal and set the priority to make it happen.

Not only have I posted to one blog every day, I’ve posted to two, this one and the story blog. Head on over there and see what I’ve been up to for the past two months.


Day 79 Story - Getting Started on Twitter

I’ve written a lot of stories lately taken from my life and career, mostly because they are easy to write and I haven’t had a lot of time lately. However, they are important to me because by writing them, I am creating a record of my own stories, most of which have never been written down, much less shared with the world.

This story (365 Stories in a Year blog) is significant because getting active in social media has led to many changes and opportunities in my life. Many people say that social media is a useless waste of time. Of course that doesn’t have to be if you approach it correctly. This story shows one good approach to social media by using it as a branding tool, in my case as a writing expert.