Hello there, and welcome to my Story a Day May "Show My Work" post! This is where I give you a sneak peek into how I'm creating two (very short, and very different) stories, every day this May. Yep, that’s right; less than 24 hours from my first reading of the prompt to a committed story, even if I'm not quite that fast at posting them!
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Story A Day May 7 prompt, by writer, ghostwriter and independent editor Stuart Horwitz, founder and principal of Book Architecture.
Think back to a time earlier in your life, maybe high school, when you knew a good person with whom you have fallen out of touch.
If you were to reconnect with this person right now, what one question would you ask them? Why are you asking that question — what does it say about your journey right now?
What piece of yourself are you currently focused on finding?
For memoir writers: write this now.
For fiction writers: turn yourself and your friend into characters. Write the story of their encounter.
Main Project Premise:
As Ophelia struggles with the many complications of supporting her pregnant and addicted older sister, she encounters her sixth grade teacher – the teacher who changed her life.
Fleshing Out the Premise:
Ophelia is shopping for the essentials Marilyn needs in rehab when she encounters her former sixth grade best friend – thousands of miles from Hawaii. It’s like Lucy has thrown her a lifeline – her own life had been touched by addiction, and, in her company and insight, Ophelia finds tools she can use to help support her half-sister.
Favorite Bit of “Do You Want to Talk About It?”
“Ophelia Martin – no, it can’t be you, can it?”
The voice jerked her head up from the bin of camisoles and panties she’d been fishing through. There was something familiar in it – and in the face of the girl, about her own age, who was staring at her like she simply didn’t compute.
“I’m Ophelia.” She dropped the intimate apparel, thankful for a complexion that didn’t exactly reveal a blush. None of the things she’d been holding would come close to fitting her.
Side Project Premise:
Standard disclaimer. I don’t own them, I don’t profit from them, but they insist on telling me their stories, so I’m sharing them with you.
Trip’s sister Elizabeth brings someone to see him in his house arrest – Mr. Velik, the visiting Vulcan biology teacher from his sophomore year.
Fleshing Out the Premise:
Trip is shocked and prepared for approbation when he opens Jon’s door to Mr. Velik, who had been his biology teacher for two semesters back in his sophomore year of high school. Although their relationship had begun rockily, Trip had come to value the Vulcan’s perspective – and now he’s offering to assist Trip in deciphering the motivations behind the attack on his career.
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