glorybee wrote:Cat, that was excellent! So different from the others submitted so far, and with a hint of a back story, even in those 150 words. Why would Daphne assume the worst like that? I wonder if I know...
Lots of great little details and salsa words--thanks for letting us read this!
I'd love to hear from you--how do you go about making your entries fresh and creative?
Wow, Jan. I read this comment at lunch today, and you set of a chain of thoughts that changed my outlook on a situation today...for the positive to be sure.
"A Million Little Reasons" was the 2nd thing I wrote for FW. I joined while the challenge was on break, and practiced by writing about some personal experiences for the general submissions area, including this story.
How do I make my entries "fresh and creative"? As a rule, I imagine myself in whatever situation, and write what I would actually feel, think, smell, etc. were I there.
Every person has different reactions, and notices different things. Instead of making a stereotype character reacting in stereotypical fashion , I try to make them real people, by inserting me into them. In this story, Daphne is me, in a fictional setting. This is how I would react.
Daphne doesn't have a "back-story" (but you did get me thinking about one - and a good idea for a novelette!). She merely suffers from depression and generalized anxiety disorder. She always assumes the worst, so this is her normal reaction to life.
Or If I'm feeling really writerly, I'll be an imaginary person, one who would talk back smartly and logically (without getting hysterical) to someone who has cut them down, or one who sings to a hall filled with fans...and I write what I would feel, think, etc if I had the confidence, talents, whatever to do those things.
I sometimes ask my pastor to read my entries before submitting, especially if they're "spiritual". I don't want to misrepresent the truth, ya know.
One was pretty dark, and he asked jokingly, "This isn't autobiographical, is it?"
I said, "They're all autobiographical."
Sorry, I got long winded. Are you sorry you asked for more comments.