The stories our friends tell us

We are always interested in listening to our friends: to hear their experiences about passion, tenderness, misunderstandings, sorrow and money. These are new everyday stories.

We ask “how are you?” and expect a new story. We want to hear that things have moved on.   General statements like “we had a wonderful time” or “it was a dismal morning” tell us nothing, especially nothing about the teller. They evaluate the experience without recreating it.

And so too when writing your stories.  Ask your characters ‘How are you?’ and let them tell you their stories.