“I’ll have one slice of life, with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkling of cocoa, please...”
Seriously, this is one lesson I need to take to heart. My “slices” tend to be heavily weighted with too much plot filling and topping.
I wrote a story for the “Home for Christmas” week last quarter, but you won’t find it here... because it adamantly refused to be squeezed into 750 words. And the more I think about it, the more I’m sure it would have been better if I had approached it as a “slice of life” rather than as a novelette.
That’s also true for my second Challenge entry, “No Reflection on You”:
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Looking at it now, I realize that it still bears the weight of the 700 or so words I had to cut from it. It’s heavy-handed and didactic; and I think it would have been a better, more focused story had I told it as a “slice of life,” with Glinda sorting out which ornaments she wanted to keep and to give away.
Probably the closest I’ve come to writing a true slice of life for the Challenge is my current South America entry--I hinted about it in the proper thread yesterday. I’m not absolutely certain that it qualifies... but at least it only has one character speaking (though another is implied), and it takes place all in one setting.
I enjoyed reading everyone’s examples, and I’m glad you included a poetic one, Jan. Some of Browning’s dramatic monologues may also qualify. One of his most famous, “My Last Duchess,” takes place as two people look at a portrait... but a great deal is revealed about the character and history of the Duke in that short monologue.
As always, thanks for the great discussion!
P.S. Regarding future topics... since I missed most of them, I would be just as glad if you would go back and repeat all of them from the beginning–-but everyone else might not agree! So I would vote for the “genre” idea that several other people have mentioned. The “genre” quarter would have been fun, though very challenging. (And why, oh why, wasn’t I around for “Write something in the MYSTERY genre”??)