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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Ideas anyone?

Coming up in June, our writing group is having their first competition of the year. For the last two years Chris has won both trophies. This year I plan to give him a run for his money.

The theme is true stories (up to 1000 wds).

I can submit as a many stories as I like, problem is I'm having trouble coming up with ideas. Now, the stories don't have to be my own true stories, they could be yours. I just have to write them. So, if you have any ideas I'd love to hear them.


  1. What is it that makes a true story compelling and worthy of a trophy? (Aside from being well written)

    Do particular genres fare better than others?

  2. True stories is simply the theme they've chosen this time round. Personally I think it's a terrible theme. I'm finding it so restrictive. What happening was so exciting in my life that I want to write it into a short story... and all in under 1000 wds?

    In saying that, I've written two so far. One about something a friend did for me once (which is quite good, if I do say so myself) and another about my journey out of depression, which is titled "Hell on Earth."