You Never Know Where a Story is Going to Go
One thing I have been finding out more and more, is that when you write a piece of fiction, it can take turns you did not expect.
I like to plan out novels I write, and with these short stories I am doing, I at least have a fair idea of where it is going.
Plans are great, but something changes when you get into the story.
When I started writing “The Bridge of Hearts,” I had a pretty good idea of how I wanted it to go. It had a simple premise, a man encounters his rival on his way home from a quest, as they both want the same girl.
Has been done many times in many different ways. With my story, I had the characters, but I kept playing with the ending.
While I couldn’t settle on any, all the endings I had in mind felt like a turn against convention. This wasn’t done on person to “defy conventions,” it was just the way the story felt.
The real ending only came to me when I was about to write it.
The buildup I hadn’t really noticed, the subtle character traits and the way I had described them both, it all clicked together and told me the right ending. In a moment I knew how to finish the short story.
When you plan, you don’t have a handle on the subtleties. You can’t feel it out like you can when you are writing it. When you write it, you get revealed stuff you couldn’t even of imagined.
I am a big believer in the idea that the Ending is already implied by the first sentence. Take Of Mice of Men, for example. It’s like a loop, the tragic ending takes place where we met the characters at the beginning of the story.
A loop, a full circle, starts with the start. When I wrote “The Bridge of Hearts,” I wasn’t really sure how it would end, but the story made it clear to me, until the point there was no other way it could end. And then, thinking about stories, it makes me think about life.
Does your ending already exist, and are your actions now and in the past indicators or what it’ll be?
I don’t really know, but it is fun to think about.
So, that was my experience writing the first of thirty short stories in the 30 Foes May Challenge.
Every day I write a story, that has to do with the theme of foes. That includes rivals, enemies, monsters, friends turned bad ect. Each day I’ll write one short story that’ll have to do with that theme.
Overall, the Bridge of Hearts was a Great Story.
I felt like it hit all the right marks. I was surprised in the direction it took, and now I can’t stop thinking about it. The great thing about a short story as it is hard to have any boring bits. In a novel you can take an idea and stretch it out way to far, but with a short story, it’s just a bomb of action.
One idea, one situation, not many characters, quick to read. I am liking short stories.
You can read The Bridge of Hearts here. It’s about a 10 minute read, and will make you question what a hero is.
Thanks for reading.
Originally published at www.talepress.com on May 1, 2017.