Expat Sat: Writing Wee

Welcome to Expat Sat, the culturally kooky, map nonspecific, sometimes bewildering, always fascinating intersection of expat life and writing. And where every Saturday, I offer tips for writing, publishing, and thriving to expat writers around the globe.

You’re an expat.

You live in a brand-spanking new country (well, new to you…the country has actually been around for a few hundred/thousand years).

You’ve got this crazy, wonderful, frustrating, exhilarating, bewildering, oh-my-god-can-you-believe-this-happened-? life in which every time you step out the door (and sometimes even before you step out the door), something happens about which you can tell a story.

And man, oh, man, have you got stories.

There’s the one about _______. And the one about _______. And oh my f’in cupcake, you almost forgot to tell the one about _______.

You’ve got so many stories you’d have to pull a year of all-nighters to even begin working through the backlog. (And no, I do not want to pull an all-nighter with you. Thanks, though.)

You’d have to write a multi-volume treatise about your adventures.

Yes! That’s the….

No, no, no, that is not the answer. Believe me. Writing a multi-volume treatise is NOT the answer. Of this, I am sure.

Instead find a nugget. A moment. A single object. One exchange. One epiphany. One cultural revelation.

Find one story and tell it.

Just it.

And if you need a little inspiration, check out one of my favs: Brevity (a journal of concise literary nonfiction). Loads of tight, pop-off-the-page stuff to read there.



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