One way of finding inspiration is to read as much as possible. It is difficult at times to devote time to reading complete novels, but short stories can help solve that problem. They also allow you to read works from a number of different authors and sample a variety of styles. So, I’ll be reading a short story per day to keep myself going.
I’ll list the stories here as I complete them.
1. The Necklace – Guy de Maupassant, France 1884
2. Father Wakes Up the Village – Clarence Day, US 1936
3. The Lady with the Toy Dog – Anton Chekhov, Russia 1899
4. A Clean, Well-Lighted Place, Ernest Hemingway 1926
5. A Good Man is Hard to Find – Flannery O’Connor
6. The Black Swan – Thomas Mann
7. The Yellow Wallpaper – Charlotte Perkins Gilman, USA 1892
8. The Other Side of the Hedge – E.M. Forster
9. The Lottery – Shirley Jackson
10. The Path to the Cemetery – Thomas Mann, Germany 1901
This is what I have managed since the start of the year and as you can see, I am woefully behind. I will have to up the tempo if I’m to catch up and complete my 365 by the end of the year, but take heart, I have a collection of 50 in my hand and another two books of everything Ray Bradbury every wrote (and bothered to publish). That should set me right.