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A Stupidly Simple Structure for Writing Stories in 15 Minutes or Less

Updated: Nov 17, 2022

Take the challenge and try it today



As promised, here is a stupidly simple structure for writing stories in 15 minutes or less. So easy it hurts. Ready for it?

  1. Hook

  2. 3 Key Points

  3. Summary of Key Points

  4. Call to Action

Start with a random thought in your head, then come up with three related points, summarize them, and formulate a call to action based on what insight you gain.

Oh, and make sure you set a timer.


 

Here is an example, which took me exactly 7 minutes and 38 seconds to write:

Hook: The birds are chirping and I wonder why?

Key points:

  1. Mindfulness has trained me to consciously recognize sounds like this and bring them into my reality

  2. The weather is changing from fall to winter. Are they feeling this as much as I am?

  3. We really do inhabit the same home. In fact, we live mere feet away from each other. The only difference is that there are walls and a roof keeping me contained and theirs is open to the air.

Summary: I can hear the birds chirping outside and I recognize this because of recent mindfulness practice that trained me to recognize sounds of nature and bring them into my context. It is cold outside and I wonder if they feel the change in seasons as much as I do. We really do inhabit the same home, in fact only feet apart. The only difference is that there are walls and a roof keeping me contained in mine and theirs is open to the air.

Call to Action: Pause every now and then to listen to the sounds of nature. It might just make you realize you have more in common with other creatures than you thought.


There you have it.


 

The meat of an article is clearly laid out. All it needs now is some bushing out and it is ready to go.


 

Try it and let me know what you think!

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