One of my favorite things in the world is stories. I have an affinity for words, novels, short stories and tall-tales. But more than that, I love to hear people’s real stories. I am that friend that you mean to have a quick coffee with and somehow end up amazed when five hours have past – filled with moments of laughter, tears and a deeper friendship-connection.
I believe that we grow stronger and more compassionate with each story that we hear and with each that we share. My plan is to gather a collection of life-stories. Real stories. True-blue experiences that have happened to you.
Yes, there are many sides to a story, but the side I want is yours. What it was like for you. Include the “facts” of what happened, but more than that, how did you grow from this and how did/do you feel?
Now, I know you may be thinking that you aren’t a writer, but that doesn’t matter. That isn’t the point. The point of this is not to collect flowery, poetic, eloquent tales – the point is to hear what you have to say. Plain and simple. The world wants to hear your words and so do I.
Here is what I am looking for!
The Prompt: Select one person that has greatly impacted your life.
- What impact did/does this person have on your life?
- How has knowing them changed you?
- When did you realize the impact this person had/has on your life?
- How specifically did you meet? What are the details? (Follow the bread crumbs backward)
- How did you feel about the person then versus how you feel about them now?
- What was going on in your life when you met them?
This person can be a best-friend, significant-other, boss, stranger, neighbor, mentor, family member, lover, ex-friend/ex-lover/ex-significant-other, teacher, rescue worker, etc.
I want to know how this person came crashing into your life like a ton of bricks, or slowly making their way in, like the last drop of honey from a jar. Tell me the good stuff. How did it happen? When did you realize this connection was special? And more-over, how has knowing this person changed you?
Here’s what it should look like:
- 500 to 1,500 words
- Honest story telling. Less perfect grammar and more genuine expression!
- Choose a title. “Meeting Mr. Right,” “Me and My Mentor,” “The Day That Almost Didn’t Happen.” Whatever you like! (I advise selecting the title at the end) Or you can always select “Untitled.”
- Author Info: Name, Age, City, State, Country.
I am casting a net far and wide, to my loved-ones and theirs. My plan is to gather your tales, weave them together with my words and insight into life and publish a collection of TRUE LIFE STORIES. Not from formal writers and poets, but from the romantic souls that often leave their stories untold.
My hope is that through publishing these stories, people around the world can open the pages to words that sound much like their own and feel connected. That through the telling of your stories on paper, eyes may find them and hearts may open to the beauty and magic that lies just around the corner.
I know that this will require a fair amount of effort, self-reflection and vulnerability. But what a lovely thing to share! Please take your time in crafting your tale. You can write it to me in the body of an email or attached in a document.
There is no financial compensation for this, however, should my hope come to fruition and a collection is published – your name will be printed by your story and a grateful dedication printed in the first few pages.
Thank you. From my heart to yours!
Miss Erin Terese
P.S. Please email submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org . Thank you and I look forward to reading your story! xo