Aaron, I’m talking about my story, so go away unless you’ve got yours figured out.
As I said in my last post, we’re doing a micro-story this month because of our extreme time constrictions. 1000-2000 words. I knew immediately what I wanted to avoid was writing a full story that was only 1500 words. What I wanted to do instead was write a story that was SUPPOSED to be 4000-6000 words but wasn’t for some reason.
The idea I’m flirting with now is having a character who is aware that she is being deleted. I think I’m going to go all meta with this. She is one of the characters I’d written years ago, a secondary character in a play I wrote. And she knows she is being deleted. What’s more, she knows that Derek Sonderfan’s entire cannon is being deleted for some reason. As she starts to piece this together, she realizes that things are being deleted in a very specific order. In an idea world, the actual story will deteriorate right before the reader’s eyes.
Now here’s the tough part: translating that idea to paper. I’ve already written almost 1000 words and I’m grossly dissatisfied with how it sounds. I think I might start over from scratch. I love the idea, but am starting to think there isn’t a great way to get it in short story form. Ugh.