So, I finally get up the moxie to write a short piece of fiction for a contest. But, what do I write? I have a long running story in my mind, this story has been evolving with me since I was a very little girl. I was so young when I started working it out in my mind, that I would act it out crawling around on my living room floor and speaking each part to myself. I’m so close to that story, I won’t let it go! (Yet.) So, what else?
I have had other ideas for fiction, but they seem to be something more apt for a novel. Using my imagination as the backbone for a creation makes my throat tighten, and my head spin. This is not a good long term state to be in when you are on a 30-day deadline!
Did I panic? Yep! I haven’t written a short (fiction) story since age 7, (it was called “My Window.”), and at the time I didn’t care about specifics or rules. It was just FUN.
I know that controlling my panic is possible, so I stopped to stretch and slow my breathing. The idea that came to me is so simple it almost hurts. Create a fiction about what I know; what will my future be like if I….
I know me, I know my goals, and I know a lot of people, but I don’t know the future. If nothing else, acting as though I am the protagonist, instead of an omnipotent narrator, I can live out what might happen in any situation and exist fully there until I am finished writing. What mindset do you get into writing fiction? I really want to know!