Spring has sprung! The pandemic is winding down! Time to celebrate with a story.
“Everybody Has a Story” is the Sunday column where Columbian readers get to tell their own true-life tales. We’re eager to see yours.
What sorts of tales? “Everybody Has a Story” stories can be almost anything. Formative childhood (or grown-up) events, solo or family adventures, tragic losses, hilarious happenings. Serious or silly, big or small, way back when or just this morning – we like it all. Just do us a favor and remember a few basic guidelines:
• Your story must be true.
• It must be no longer than 1,000 words, and shorter is better. No epics here.
• It must be a coherent tale – not an editorial, instruction manual, scientific explainer or declaration of faith. Is it one solid story, with a beginning, middle and ending? (“Once upon a time, this happened and then this happened and it all ended like this.”)
• Focus on your personal experience. What were you seeing, hearing, thinking, feeling?
• Expect a little kindly editing.
Send your stories to email@example.com and you’ll be hearing from us. Call “Everybody Has an Editor” Scott Hewitt with questions at 360-735-4525.