-by Ellouise Schoettler
People ask how I craft the personal stories I tell. “They come from prompts.” By that, I mean that if I pay attention, I find that anything and everything can lead me to a possible story. It will work for you too. Don’t believe me? Here are a few examples of how I gather material for stories.
We furnished our get-away in PA with cast-off stuff. When I notice what is around me there, story possibilities emerge. For instance, I use an old suitcase in my bedroom to hold art supplies. This suitcase was a high school graduation present from my parents. This old and frayed suitcase is my connection to a host of stories from specific trips to the nylon stockings ripped to shreds by its scratchy woven sides.
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