I started a new project this month called Stories on Squares. It’s a daily art challenge that keeps my creative gears cranking. The concept is exactly what it sounds like, every day I tell a new story on a square.
I’ve made it to day 24 without a hitch (except for one day that I forgot about the project altogether and wrote a story a few hours late – oops!) Most days I think it has challenged my discipline more than my creative juices.
Every story is a surprise to me. The experience of letting the short short story unfold is one of the most enjoyable parts of the exercise. Some days the words need a lot of patience and I stare at a blank square for a long while. Other days, I get inspiration in traffic, waiting in line or talking to a friend, and I write down a starting thought. Other days, the stories flow easy. Some days, my friends have to remind me to write a story. (I should really set a daily alarm!)
Follow the stories on my artist page on Instagram or Facebook. And soon, the feed of stories will be updated regularly on my artist website, www.nathaniaaritao.com. Would love to hear what you think of the stories!
Here are a few more of the first stories, in order of appearance this March: