I have to write a short story by Halloween. My friend Kris and I are writing buddies, and we’ve set ourselves the deadline of October 31 for exchanging short stories. The only guideline (besides a minimum of five pages) is to take something mundane and turn it into literary genius. So no pressure.
Almost everything I write is about the mundane, so I have no trouble there. My “epic” tends to turn into “implausible” and “unfinished” so I generally stick to the small stuff. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. My favorite authors are J.D. Salinger and Virginia Woolf, the masters of the anti-plot. They certainly set the bar extremely high. So no pressure.