People ask how I come up with my characters.
Here I am again, enthralled by the Flash Fiction Challenge given by Chuck Wendig. This week he wanted us to write about the end of a long journey. The idea came quick, but took some time to winnow down to the 1,479 words you see here.
Once upon a time, and not so very long ago, humans relied on stories to make sense of the world. Fairy tales, folk tales, epic poetry, novels, movies and histories in all their forms tell us what to make of the world. We know this, at some instinctive level, so we tell our kids stories to help them learn. We are, to a greater extent, of the impression that we grow out of that.
It’s almost November. Just a few short days and then… The writing happens *cue spooky music*
What’s the difference between a book that draws you in and keeps you interested beyond the last page and one that you enjoyed but forgot as soon as you closed it? It’s all about the details. Those little things that no-one notices, but make all the difference between getting lost in the pages and not. It’s the details that make the world of a novel real in the minds of the reader.
Let’s take a moment to pause, step back and think about what it is we are doing. We’re writing stories. Stories that have messages. Whether we intend them or not, stories always have messages. The question is, then, are we writing the kind of messages that we want our readers to see?