“Every first draft is perfect because all the first draft has to do is exist.” ― Jane Smiley

(H)our Stories was created as a means to get two writers writing again. It was supposed to be a way for them to step out of their busy heads and busy lives and just put words on the page. And it has been extremely successful in this aspect. So successful that both writers sometimes forget that the point of this blog was not to have finished products at the end of one hour.


Lately it seems like every week has had a least one story that was in its final form (or at least draft seven). The stories have been so good and so inspirational to the writers that they forgot the whole purpose of these exercises was to push themselves. This week was different. Both writers found struggle in their respective prompts. These two pieces are less refined than what normally denotes an hour’s work. But that doesn’t mean that they didn’t push our writers, in fact it means the opposite–these prompts made our authors work harder. What you see here are two stories that the writers sweated over. They might not be as clear as past weeks stories but these were more interesting to write.

In independence, Jacob wrote a story of one man struggling for survival while looking for the meaning behind  his country’s independence in the modern world. The prompts used were:

  1. Mexico
  2. Collective Unconscious
  3. Rap Music


In the video game themed Mario Bros, ZB explores the line between fact and fiction in a child’s imagination. The prompts used were:

  1. A Model
  2. War Zone
  3. 8-Bit Music




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One response to ““Every first draft is perfect because all the first draft has to do is exist.” ― Jane Smiley

  1. Ty

    Hey, so y’all have definitely inspired me to start writing. The concept for this blog is freaking cool and it has been a pleasure reading your stories. I decided to write a piece based on the Mexico, collective unconscious, and rap music prompt. It took a little over an hour because I was working when I wrote it. Not sure if the link will work, but here ya go:

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