Fmylife, some say entertainment, I say a goldmine of story ideas

Published Wednesday, March 18, 2009 11:34 AM

The site is and while it is occasionally depressing it is mostly hilarious. Fmylife allows users to post a few sentences of something terrible that just happened to them. The format is always as follows: "Today, <several sentences of the story>. FML" Its an excellent way to observe how to tell a story, beginning middle and end, in the briefest amount of time. I'm not saying they're all great, a lot of them aren't, but the good ones are worth a second glance. The site then allows you to say whether you think the person deserved what happened to them or to agree that there life is f*cked.

 The main reason I felt this was worth pointing out though was for Mary who asked a long time ago how I get ideas for stories. I answered in length in my post "Ideas for Capturing Ideas, the Conundrum of what to Write" but this is worth adding to it. Each of these brief clips from are story ideas and many are ripe for the beginning. They could be a main plot, a subplot, or just a small portion of your story and you can change them to work for your particular story or leave them more or less whole and just expand to fill in the blanks.

 Until next time, I'm Eric and I'm an unpublished fiction writer.

by DMI
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