From Scraps to Stories

How do writers (including bloggers) keep coming up with ideas? This guest post by Ann McGrath, offers a simple, yet effective way to catch some of those inspirations.

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A guest post by Anne McGrath

Memories are slippery to hold. Many of what I suspect were my most brilliant story ideas were written on bits of paper too small to keep track of. The tiny notes ended up in the wash, returned in library books, or illegible.

Not any more.

For the past two years I’ve used a deceptively simple system to collect the seeds for stories. My ideas are in a central, easy-to-access place, and the method is enjoyable, helps me pull up things I’d otherwise forget, and is much easier than keeping a detailed journal. I was introduced to the system by novelist Matthew Dicks when I attended his storytelling workshop. As we made up stories on the spot, it was abundantly clear that Matt, a twenty-eight-time Moth StorySLAM winner, had an endless supply of tales to tell. We all wanted to know his secret and he…

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2 thoughts on “From Scraps to Stories”

  1. Interesting post. I had a writing teacher say that ideas were floating around in the air and if you don’t catch one and make it your – someone else will.

    Thanks for sharing.


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