Weekly Writing: Short story inspiration

By Midge Raymond,

  Filed under: Events, On Reading, On Writing, Writing prompts

In honor of Short Story Month and the Short Story Month Collection Giveaway Project, I’m turning to short stories for inspiration for this week’s writing exercise:

1. Pull one of your favorite short story collections off the shelf.

2. Open to a random page.

3. Write down the first line on that page. (For example, I’ve just picked up Lori Ostlund’s The Bigness of the World, and my random line is: “They had not expected the desert to be like this…”)

4. Write a story of your own based on this one line — erase the original story’s context from your mind, start over, and have fun.



  Comments: 2

  1. Shanti, that is so cool. He is great…I feel so fortunate to have such a nice endorsement of my book from him. I love his work as well.

  2. I notice you have a quote from John Keeble at the top of your blog. He was my thesis advisor and mentor. He’s wonderful! I love him!