Wednesday, April 11, 2012

a thousand stories

"Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas everyday. 
The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them. 
Most people don't see any."
--Orson Scott Card

This quote has been swimming in my head recently....

Driving to work this morning, 
the stories were here and there 
and everywhere I looked.  
I grabbed my notebook and 

Scribbled words. 
Scribbled ideas.  
Scribbled moments.  
Scribbled stories.

There are stories all around us
waiting to be told.  
Are you willing to slow down and grab hold?  
Find the words
to share a small moment.

Go on. Start scribbling a thousand stories.


  1. I love the line Are you willing to slow down and grab hold? It really sums up what we do as writers--take the time to notice and record. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

  2. Michelle,
    I loved this poem. I've been thinking about this a lot lately. There are stories everywhere. If we look we will not only find the stories of people, but math stories, science stories, stories of the world. During the Slice of Life Challenge I was amazed at all the stories. I could only wonder how many stories are lost each day because no one took the time to capture them. There are so many stories, "waiting to be told." Thanks for the reminder.

  3. ...slow down and grab hold...Start scribbling a thousand stories...

    Great lines, Michelle. And one we all need to listen to. I need to keep my notebook with me ALL the time

  4. Well said, Michelle. I like that idea that they are everywhere. There are so many things going on at school just today that I could tell those stories & more. Thanks!

  5. You have captured what last month's challenge did for me. I am so much more aware of my surroundings, of people, of daily happenings. Now instead of just being aware, I need to write them down as reminders to share my stories. Thanks for your poetic reminder.

  6. I've started writing in my writer's notebook again this week. I like what you wrote.The quote is very powerful. I'm reminded of the importance of writing down the stories that I see...even after the slice of life challenge! ;)

  7. I love this quote--thanks for sharing it with us! I can't wait to read some of the stories you gather.

  8. Dear Michelle,
    The slowing down is the hardest thing to do. I have been so busy lately that I haven't even had time to read what my blogger friends have written. I am sorry. I can see that you have slowed down and let the stories to unfold in poetry. Thank you.


Thanks for sharing your thoughts.