Tuesday, May 31, 2011

the story i need to tell

the prompt:
You just discovered you have fifteen minutes to live.
1. Set a timer for fifteen minutes.
2. Write the story that has to be written.

15 minutes to live? 15 minutes to write the story that has to be written? see how a quick change to italics renders the task one of monumental significance. all too easily, i have created an obstacle that feels too large for me to overcome. i've made it bigger than it needs to be and used too many words to say nothing at all. i've spent far too much time writing and deleting and rewriting, shifting words around, piecing them together so they read as flawless and effortless when that's not at all how the process works. it strikes me as i type that that's not how life works either though i've certainly tried that approach. the clock is running down. i have less than 3 minutes left, and i haven't really even started. maybe that is the story i need to tell.


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