By L’Michelle Bleu L’Eau

Have you ever had an insight?

As a storyteller, earlier this year I experienced one. It occurred while watching the Grammy Awards and the Super Bowl.

You might wonder why what I saw inspired me. Both shows lured potential viewers with prominent pre ads before the actual event televised. Maybe you thought the reason for my insight was the marketing strategy.

Let me share what I recognized. The artist who received a Grammy nod and the Super Bowl team’s players who had to prove they were the best in the league, in my mind, had one commonality.

When a musician arrives on stage, they had an idea. The football player knew how he might succeed.

Find the Seed of Inspiration

A word or sentence inspired the artist to write lyrics for a song. The football player spent hours exercising, running the field, perfecting a particular play that would define his success.

Nourish the Seed

Both have teams of professionals who work with them to improve their skills. This isn’t a single day or week process; it takes months, even years, of work and discipline to perfect a technique.

Create the (Growing) Rhythm

A song or story in its original form seldom “sees the light of day,” until it’s refined.

Musicians practice hours to achieve a note, rhythm, or sound that will be recognizable. Days and weeks of editing come from many rewrites and rehearsals. Next, they hire musicians to record the song.

Football players spend months on special diets and exercise regimens. Led by their coaches, they practice with teammates, winning multiple games prior to reaching the Super Bowl.

Water and Fertilize the Crop

Musicians sacrifice time with their family and friends in order to create and release music that appeals to their audience. It takes a team of professionals to cultivate a setting, select wardrobe, makeup, and a look that attracts the artist’s viewers. The executive producer, or other key businesspeople, may suggest additional changes so the song will resonate with the artist’s fans and public.

The football player practices relentlessly off season to prepare for the football season. Whether they play a game on Thursday, Saturday, or Sunday, each game is unique, based on the team they play. They watch videos of the games they have played to see what they could have done better. To help with their strategy, they study the plays of their opponents. Their efforts require time and discipline.

The Storyteller’s Growing Process

As a storyteller, few people see the hours we agonize over a word, line, or sentence in order to create a paragraph, then a page, and another page to create a cohesive story. Taking an idea and nurturing that idea into words takes time and discipline. We each have our own way of writing and putting words on a page.

Our writing practice is as diverse as an award category. We bring our style to the pad, computer, or whatever device one chooses. When we complete a rough draft, the revisions and rewrites begin. We may spend time on one scene slicing and dicing words or the character to reach what we think is perfection.

After rewrites, the author decides their story is ready for a critique partner or team to read their draft. We know what we want our readers to feel when they read our story. Sharing our work with our critique team helps us reach that point of ensuring our readers ‘feel’ our story. Then we follow up with more revisions and rewrites. It takes discipline to receive critical feedback that makes us want to admit defeat, but we persevere. Just as a musician keeps hitting a ‘flat’ when he wants a ‘sharp,’ or quarterback’s hands can’t seem the hold the ball during practice. Practice and refinement are what it takes to create a well-written story.We surround ourselves with team effort to help us perfect a story for release. By the time our editors read our stories, chances are it has gone through many reiterations since the original draft. After the editor has gone over the piece with their red pencil, we spend hours rewriting and refining until our work is flawless.


Harvest Your Result

In the scheme of things, whether it’s a Grammy nod or Super Bowl selection, what no one sees is the time, effort, and frustration that leads to the onstage moment. The hours invested in their endeavor remain unaffected by a win in a particular artistic genre. Whether or not they win, what they value most is knowing their peers appreciate their time and effort.

The story our readers hold is the same as the musician’s finest record or the best play by a football player. In the end, our public sees the final product and not the balled-up pieces of paper that litter our writing space floor. Achievement is the recognition received after hundreds of hours dedicated to perfection.

My Aha Moment

My revelation… whether inspired by a Grammy nod, a winning team, or MVP, is that we all appreciate the recognition of our artistry and hard work. In my case, recognition comes through a beautifully written story.

I would love to hear how you have persevered and achieved your goal of writing a short story or a novel… please leave me a note in the comments. And you might know someone who needs encouragement to press on. If so, share this with them. I believe it will give them the boost they need.

I would love to hear how you have persevered and achieved your goal of writing a short story or a novel… please leave me a note in the comments. And you might know someone who needs encouragement to press on. If so, share this with them. I believe it will give them the boost they need.

Storyteller, Creative and Mentor


L’Michelle Bleu L’Eau

L’Michelle Bleu L’Eau, who has a professional corporate background and is a published author, creator, and mentor, composes flash fiction and short stories. A human or social problem affects the protagonists in her stories. By connecting her characters to the beauty of nature, her writing evokes emotions that help them reach their ultimate goal.

She writes blogs that pertain to techniques for self-healing and organization. Recent projects have focused on a novel that examines the search for acceptance of one’s culture, ethnicity, and voice after experiencing domestic violence. Some of her short stories have appeared in the Transcendent Authors Spring the Unexpected 2021 and Winter, An End and a Promise 2021 anthologies. L’Michelle has had other works featured in the Short Fiction Break Literary Magazine, The Blooming Box Autumn 2021 and Short Fiction Break Literary Magazine, Spring 2022, The Porcelain Doll.

This year, L’Michelle’s short story entitled “Unlikely Friends” will appear in the Transcendent Authors last season anthology, Summer, When Doors Open being released May 2023. In the autumn, her short story “The Rambler,” will be presented in the anthology Deceit publication.

Ms. Bleu L’Eau has undertaken translating a handwritten manuscript of her late mother’s, found after her death. Because of physical challenges, L’Michelle has shared many of her stories through trailers. She uses her free time to teach writers creating their own trailers and offers mentorship to students in reading and writing.

Visit the transcendent website or to learn more.

Transcendent Authors


Tolerance Anthology
Autumn-An Anthology
Spring-The Unexpected

Coming Soon

Summer-When Doors Open


Are you ready for this?

Doors open for you to walk through and discover what’s on the other side.

Or maybe you walk out into the garden or yard and sit with a book in hand, an iced tea or lemonade on a little side table next to you. You take a sip now and then to beat back the heat. The umbrella over your head shades you from the scorching sun, and a breeze softly blows across your brow until a golf ball lands with a thump right next to your lounge chair, inches from hitting you!

Standing up, you check yourself to make sure it really missed you, and then you turn your eyes, focusing on the golf cart zipping your way with two laughing men in it. That is until they spot you holding the florescent yellow golf ball in your hand.

By the time they get to your fence, you are throwing up their ball and down one handed, glaring at them.

The two of them look at each other, then at you. Their smiles disappear from their faces. One of them drops his eyes, the other one’s fill with embarrassment.

“I’m sorry, Mom. This is really a tough hole, and I must have hit it wrong. Are you all right?”

You recognize the fear on his face, and that he could have really hurt you, but it was a mistake. It is only taking seconds for you to say, “I understand, son. Your father always had a problem with this part of the course.” Then you smile, because he looks just like your husband when you met him sixty years ago. If he was still alive, you’d be celebrating your sixty-first anniversary in a few months.

You move to the fence and hand him the ball. “Remember, next time, aim to the right, not the left, and you’ll the make it through the dogleg and not hit the house…” You smile at him. “Or me.”

You can read a fictional story like the one above when you pick up Summer—When Doors Open.

Remember May 9th… LAUNCH DAY.

Summer is almost here!

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