Sometimes in your writing career if you’ve been writing the same things over and over it can help to change things up.

Shaking things up can wake up one’s creative process and give the boost you’ve been looking for when you’re writing feels dull.

I decided to this yesterday.

I love writing my typical short stories. I mostly stick to horror and scifi/fantasy.

I also always have my ending picked out. My stories are rather short so each story is just a simple matter of getting to the ending I picked.

Most of the time, by the time I have the titled picked out the story has been fully formed and then all I have to do is type it up.

Yesterday, I wrote a story called “The Road Trip” and I basically threw all of this out the window.

I had no ending.

I really had no story.

I had the barest hint of a couple characters.

To make it even more different I tried to add another challenge.

I wanted to have a story composed completely of dialogue.

I failed this portion of my little experiment.

It didn’t work quite how I wanted and so I added just a few narrative bits. So it’s still 98% dialogue, but I couldn’t pull it off.

I may try that again.

I don’t think it’s a secret that dialogue is my favorite part of stories to write.

Here’s the story if you’re interested.

Matthew Donnellon is a writer, artist, and sit down comedian. He is the author of The Curious Case of Emma Lee and Other Stories.

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