About a Girl

via movie-asia.com

So I planned to write Day 7 of #my500words as an excerpt from a Wattpad short story I’ve been working on.

This was an idea that sprouted a few months ago. It was partially inspired by The Lake House film with Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock, which coincidentally was a retelling of the Korean Film Il Mare.

If you haven’t watched these, I won’t spoil too much of the story. But basically a young woman (Bullock was 41 when the American film was released, the Korean actress was 19) rents a lake house and discovers that the mailbox has a mysterious power of sending letters across time.

As the story continues, we learn that she’s able to communicate with the young architect of the house who’s actually in the past. Slowly but surely they feel a deeper connection through the letters and want to meet.

There are, of course, key differences between the Korean version and American remake. For the most part they reflect the tastes of the different markets and the film makers catering to these.

Now besides the paradoxes that arise out of time travel stories like this - some movies that come to mind include Somewhere in Time, Time Travellers Wife (I know it’s such a cliche but the book was better,) and more recently About Time - there’s more plot holes than the rodent infested golf course in Caddyshack.

I think that it’s the nature of this type of story - that you create characters that your audience cares enough about to suspend just enough judgement so you can bring them along for the ride.

While I knew what I was getting into when I started writing “Letters from Camp,” I still felt that there was lots of rich territory still to be explored.

One of the most intriguing aspects was the idea of how writing transcends time and space. It was one of the many kernels Stephen King popped in his writing memoir On Writing.

Another movie that I drew some inspiration was Luc Besson’s The Professional - Natalie Portman’s breakout role as a young girl befriended by a hitman when her family is killed off by the mob.

Writing from the point of view of sixteen year old girl is more than a bit of a stretch for me. Never one to back away from challenges, I just found this story.. curious.. (about now my friend Mark would shake his head at my audacity.)

This meta discussion is probably all academic, but I thought I’d share my amateur process of creating a short story. Maybe I’ll be brave enough to print the full excerpt here when I’m done, as one of the other Medium writers has been promoting the idea of sharing more fiction on this platform.

Recently, I took on the Nanowrimo challenge back in November 2015. Although I have no thoughts of being the next John Locke or Amanda Hocking, part of me would love to be able to sell fiction as well as the non-fiction I’ve written. Joanna Penn is definitely a role model in that respect, as an #indiecreative who’s done just that.

In any case I thought I’d share this and love to hear if you’re working on any fiction or other stretches of your own creativity. Cheers!

This was Day 7 of #My500Words challenge.

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