There are a number of different methods of setting a match ablaze and come up with story ideas.
You can swipe it on the ground, against a rough surface, use your own nail, or even light it with another match that’s already burning.
Here’s my advice: If you’re in the mood to begin a new short story, stop trying to find the best short story idea. More ideas won’t help you if you don’t write them, and they might just distract you from your true purpose.
To my mind, it’s the execution that is all-important.”The best short story idea in the world won’t help you if you don’t write it, and a mediocre idea can be made into an award winning story if it’s written well.
I recently combined idea #7, the unexpected fortune, along with idea #5, end of a relationship, to create this idea: A writer who is inexperienced with women suddenly gets the courage to date not one but two women—the old friend who had twice rejected him and a barista he’s long been attracted to—but after several months of balancing them, both relationships end leaving him alone.
I then posted the idea for feedback in Becoming Writer.
Then, write a story, true or fictional, involving that wound.
In 2011, 20 short stories were published in Half of them involved a character dying.
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