Your story makes history
It creates a “chip” of history by providing a unique account of a specific experience or an everyday event no one has experienced in quite the same way.
Your story can be as simple as recounting a typical morning in your household when you were a child or a short memory of your favorite holiday tradition or perhaps a momentous life event such as your experiences of COVID or your first-time voting.
Every story on History Chip adds essential details to the history of our world.
We welcome the power of your stories to transform our understanding of the world.
Here are story writing tips for writing short stories
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Every story that recounts a true experience, whether it’s a short or long narrative, needs to include specific information. We suggest writers follow the practice of journalists by including the following five key questions in any true story:
- WHO is this story about?
- WHAT is this story about?
- WHEN did this story happen?
- WHERE did this story happen?
- WHY did this story happen?
As you’re writing
Use HOW questions to provide additional details. Visualize yourself in the location of your chosen story. Try to remember HOW it felt, sounded, smelled, and looked during your experience.
Did you feel frightened or inspired or comforted? Did you hear sirens or birds singing or music? Did you smell smoke or flowers or the ocean? Was it sunny or dark? Were you alone or in a crowd or with friends or family? Were you inside or out? What were you wearing? What was the weather like?
Don’t worry if you don’t recall every detail. No one else has your memories. Only you can provide your own specific story to help complete the history of that time and place.
Including WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, WHY, and HOW details in your writing helps complete history by making your story more realistic, authentic, and visual.