Winning Short Story: A Gift of Value by Nancy Janes

Performed by Hugh Ritchie

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your 1pg Short Story about?

Realizing the truth that all people are part of
the human family

What genres would you say this short story is in?

Personal Essay

How would you describe this story in two words?

Love Kindness.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Kurasawa’s Ikuru. A favorite.

How long have you been working on this story?

The essay was written in my College
days, but was recently edited and revised.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

have many, but the one that comes to mind
by your question is Dostoevsky’s Crime and

What motivated you to write this story?

A vivid memory of Jacques, pronounced
(Jake-ques) has stayed with me all my life
and has had a profound impact on my beliefs
and behavior.

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Well, he’s dead, but I would like to invite
Rafael to dinner. Living? Helen Mirren.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

My Christian Faith.

What influenced you to enter the 1pg. Short Story contest?

My Christian Faith.

Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

First: Create as many drafts as it takes to
compose your story. Then revise, revise, revise.
Edit repeatedly yourself.

Set aside a time for yourself to write each day,
if only for an hour. The stick to the schedule.

Have a group of other writers critique and edit,
online groups, or a local group of writers.

A professional edit is necessary to have a
finished manuscript. It will be a comparatively
costly step, but you will end up with a better
product. If funds are a problem, one of the
crowdfunding programs can be utilized to raise
the money.

Be patient with yourself if your words do not

flow on certain days.


Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo

Editor: John Johnson

Casting: Sean Ballantyne

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