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Last week a friend of mine was looking for something to do.  She and I attended college together and shared several of the same writing classes, so my natural inclination was to suggest she write a story.  As soon as I posted my idea on her Facebook page, I asked myself why I wasn’t doing that very thing.  Yes, my fingers are already dipped in a few literary pots, but one of my goals for 2012 is to write a short story from start to finish.  What better time than the present?  So I sat down at my laptop, and, in what felt like mere minutes, I had a beginning, middle and end on the screen in front of me.  Granted, the piece still needs work: the characters require fleshing out, the setting lacks colorful description and there may be too much or too little white space.  What matters more than what needs to be done, however, is what I’ve already accomplished.  For some, the rewrites and edits are the hardest part, yet I feel like I already battled my demons, and now comes the fun part: bringing the story to life for the reader.

Is there something calling your name in the present that you’re ignoring?