Karalee’s Post #127
As a writer, this quote is powerful. In a writer’s mind anything and anyone can be real in our imaginary world.
The challenge is writing our stories so readers outside our world believe it too.
The challenge is developing our characters so that they react in a believable way to the circumstances they are put into.
Would Mickey Mouse make a good Superman? or Homer Simpson ever be the president of the United States? Or if Homer was, how would the author make the story believable?
You can imagine the Hulk squeezing water from a stone, not Romeo in Shakespeare or the caterpillar in Alice in Wonderland. An alien world can have ten moons and a couple of suns with dragons flying or transporting from here to there, but in that world the characters (no matter what species they are) still need to act and react in a believable way.
No matter who, what, where, when or why, authors must understand their characters, what motivates them and how they will react to situations in the story.
Writers must make it believable.
I’ve been reading a few short stories and studying how settings and story lines are developed quickly and keep moving with tension and conflict towards the conclusion.
Short and sweet.
Actually most are not on the sweet side at all. More like short and dark. Or short and heavy.
A few ideas have come to mind. I’m challenging myself to write a short story with a surprising twist. For me, that means surprising myself at some point during the writing process. Often this happens when I’m “in the zone” and let the thoughts flow from nothing to something.
As long as I can make it believable.
5/5/5 word count: half of two short stories written. Don’t know why I’m doing it this way, but often what I write isn’t in sequence, so why should my stories be from start to finish before I start another?
Hallowe’en treats eaten: I was unselfish and let the 300+ visitors to our door take all but a rather big handful I snatched from the bowl.