The first Ficlet Friday that went well enough last week so this week’s entry, Shelter, is a welcome addition.
I started with a scene and a definite linear timeline but getting there was more tedious than I had imagined. Total writing time about 45 minutes.
I’ll get the negatives out of the way:
- My “voice” is always a little too sing-song.
- I wish the drama were more concrete.
- I really struggle with dialogue.
I like alliteration and rhyme. I like poetry, even where it might not fit.
Onomatopoeias are fine but they’re also very vague.
Maybe the reason why I chose an almost silent scene was so I didn’t have to speak through my characters? I honestly don’t know.
1024 characters is really short. I wish I had just a few more lines, but that’s a slippery slope. Editing is positive, even if it’s only so long. I said exactly what I wanted to say.
What I like:
- It’s the linear story I set out to tell
- I got to incorporate fatherhood & family.
- I can incorporate autobiographical bits without writing about myself.
Sure, not a lot “happens” but I think I was able to convey the unspoken (HA!) tension.
If you read the blog, you know I love being a Dad and husband, even when they’re kicking my ass.
I already have a blog. I don’t want my fiction to become a broader extension of that; they’re separate (at least for now). And while Raelyn doesn’t say spaghetti incorrectly, we do correct her for other things she says.
Please read it, rate it and leave a comment. It’s the only way I’ll grow or give up – your help.
And if you’d like to participate, start writing. Practice makes permanent.