Everyone has a story. Several, in fact. We, some of us, think that our stories are not unique or interesting enough to write about, but you’d be surprised at how much each of us has to say. Start listing key events in your life, large and small. From there, start filling in the detail. Try to remember the colours, what people said, scenery, weather, sensations, etc. Here are some of mine:
- The first time I had a substitute teacher.
- The day my parents got me my first car
- The moment I got a call telling me a friend was dead
- My last fight with my first boyfriend
- The last time I saw my grandfather alive
- Walking to the Mt Everest Base camp
- Skydiving attempts
- Witnessing the hit and run of a dog crossing the road
- Deciding my career path over a bottle of gin and a drunk-dialling call with my wise brother
- Understanding the concept of racism in the 4th grade.
- Meeting my first crush at the age of 14, he was 21….
- My first experience at being burgled
- Being sexually assaulted by a stranger on the street
- Flying a plane for the first time (over Icelandic glaciers)
- Glissading over Mt. St Helens
- Being robbed at gunpoint
- Finding out my half-German husband, living in England has family in my home town in California. Serendipity….
- Publishing my first creative essay
- My first fight
- My first dance.
Any one of these would keep me busy for a couple thousand words. I’m sure you’ve got a story to tell too. Make you list, and get cracking.