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What makes a good story?


Last updated 4/6/2021 at 2:18pm

Perhaps the oldest question that writers get is "Where do you get your ideas from?" When someone brings that up, I remember something:

When I was 17, my family was camping with friends in the Rocky Mountains. Our friends, Mark and Holly, had four daughters who were playing with my sisters in a nearby creek. I sat at the campsite's table watching my parents make dinner. My Dad was putting away something when he looked at me.

"Hey, Connor. Did I tell you I lost my Tilly hat?"

Something shrank and crinkled up in my stomach.

Oh, no, I thought. Not the Tilly hat. Not the hat Dad had mentioned...

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