like the moon,
casts its subtle light,
gently swaying the story’s tide.
Without title is writing in the dark.
With wrong title is writing in the fog.
With right title is writing in the clear moonlight.
So I told a couple of participants in the January short story in Vienna. What do you think?
Would F. Scott Fitzgerald have written a different story with a title such as “Good Ole Gatsby”?
How about “My Travel Tales” by Jack Kerouac? Or “Black Horse” by Anna Sewell?
Did these authors write their stories and arrive at the title later? I wonder.
Purkersdorf in Winter
This Christmas I’ll be creative writing at the Purkersdorf Christmas Market. The creative writing event is titled Die Ganz Persönliche Weihnachtsgeschichte (The Very Personal Christmas Story).
People can pop in, give me one or two personal details (a name, perhaps an interest, the name of a pet, etc.) and I will intuitively write on the spot their very personal Christmas story. Such stories make for a unique Christmas present. The stories might be funny or wise or silly or sad—I won’t know until each story (written in the company of each guest) is finished.
How to write a spontaneous Christmas story:
- Be mindful of each guest and their wishes
- Put pen to page and write in their company
- Change nothing
- Make it a brilliant story, naturally!
Simple enough, right?
If you’d like your own Christmas story or one as a present for someone special, then here’s where you can find me on the 10th and 11th of December:
Pop Up Galerie (scroll down)
There is not charge for a story . People are welcome to leave a donation. Proceeds will go to a charity or worthy community cause.
The Purkersdorf Christmas Market has some wonderful stalls and a little ice skating rink, so come along and make an afternoon of it.
I look forward to seeing you there!