August 17, 2006

Bad Things Happen When I Write Fiction

I wrote a short story for a contest. The guidelines were that you had to write a 500 to 600 word piece (any format) starting with the line "The heat of the day rose as they walked along the sandy beach."

It's called Tabula Rasa. Click here to read it.

I don't usually write fiction because it's always a little unsettling to see what my head comes up with, but first prize is a week long stay in a villa in Andalucia, Spain (see photo). What the heck.

6 comments:

they call me "doctor-in-training" said...

i have to write a comment so that i don't DIE like the woman in your story. sheesh capeesh. how depressing. but hopefully you'll win!!!!!

Catherine said...

This is kind of romance novel-ish but I definitely prefer the character dying over the alternative that we usually find in a romance novel. Nice muscles indeed!

Sarah said...

It's not supposed to be depressing but somehow can't help but be. I was trying to flesh out the insides of the people that I am scared to even meet eyes with. We don't know what's going on in their heads and don't want to but no matter what the exterior, there can be great beauty inside that we never understand. I just wanted to instill a little dose of empathy for her character before making her into a stereotype.

Laura said...

It's not your conventional love story that's for sure, and you're reaching out to an audience mature enough to empathize with June, as opposed to your "puppy love" sick teenager (or avid daytime soap viewer). It's also very well written and engaging...I like it. Best of luck to you Sarah!

Katherine Shirek Doughtie said...

So.... do the bad things happen to your characters (obviously!) or to you??

Stephanie said...

I liked the twist! Best of luck--keep us posted on how you enjoy the villa! ;-D