17 minutes | Apr 24th 2019

Inspiration Sometimes Comes in the Form of a Dress

In class, sometimes we ask people to close their eyes and smell sunblock, or freshly baked bread. Sometimes we play a Beatles song or have students squeeze Play-Doh. Sometimes we throw out a word like pussy. Then, we ask students to write about the first thing that comes to mind. All of these prompts inspire stories.

Today on our show we’re talking about how inspiration for stories can come in a word, a song, a scent, or an object like a dress.

You will hear a story by Nancy Brier, a listener from Palm Desert, California. Nancy’s essay starts with a dress, goes to another dress, to cancer and then back to the dress. But it is really a story about seizing the day.

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