Friday, April 6, 2012

FSF: Tears



Annoying droplets of water kept trickling down from my eyes and they refused to stop falling. The wind was blowing against my face, making it cool and fresh.
I wondered if the shade of my nose matched the red shoes I had put on… because everyone knows red is a lucky color. And if shoes are red, well, it might even give you the strength to tell someone you love them.
Even it meant running away to a world I wasn’t sure existed… and yes, even though he would laugh at me and ask me if it were even slightly possible that I’d been crying over him. 

A random Spring Break pic since I have no teary one...
Well. This is convenient. :) I had a writer's meeting last night with two delightful friends and we were discussing our big projects/manuscripts and the equally important "distraction projects". The project that keeps you going when you hit a rough spot and need to be creatively rebooted. 

I didn't really have one. I have plenty of ideas, they just seem to fizzle away after a few days, maybe a week. I still love them, it's just nothing grabbed me like my current project. 

Last night I remembered a fun, modern day, fairy tale that I had always wanted to write but I joked that I didn't think I would like it because it's just so... happy. Compared, at least, to my current project which is filled with some pretty messed up people. 

But I like happy stories. So I got home, pulled out my old storyboards and started flipping through all sorts of character charts and exciting plot points. I'm pleased to say I discovered that I had carefully mentioned at least one insecurity and 'greatest fear' for each character. Several have very broken pasts. I liked that. 

Suddenly, they all seemed like real people. And real people make for delicious fairy tales. So I'm kindly writing them one. I'm quite distracted. :) 

Anyway, the convenient part of this post is that, as I was writing, I hit a rough spot. Then I remembered the Five Sentence Fiction word for this week! TEARS. 

Even happy fairy tales need a healthy dose of tears. I have to make their lives a little miserable before the happy ending, right? Bahaha. 

Problem solved. 

16 comments:

  1. I always enjoy your writing McKenzie, happy or sad...but always emotive!

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  2. Thank you for your kind words, Lisa. I'm glad! :)

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  3. Very intrigued to find out where this tale goes. Nice teaser, McKenzie. Especially love the part about her nose matching her shoes, lol. :)

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    1. Baha, thanks. :) I do love red shoes.... :)

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  4. Love this entry! Now you've inspired me to go write one....

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    1. *happy dance* I can't wait to see it!!!

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  5. Yes, happy fairytales definitely do need a healthy dose of tears. Got to have a little pain to appreciate the happy, right? This is an intriguing piece--love the bit about the protagonist wondering if her nose is a match for the red shoes, and hoping that the red shoes will give her the strength she needs. Lovely.

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    1. Thank you, Kern! Putting your characters through the bad place is generally almost as fun as giving them a happy ending ;)

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  6. Lovely post. Thank you for the words of encouragement to my "Tears" blog post.

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    1. Thank you! And you're welcome. :) It was a beautiful piece.

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  7. How exciting when that happens!!! Happy writing. And, I really love happy stories too. Awesome job :)

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    1. Thanks. :) Happy stories are pretty yummy!!

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  8. Wonderful 'voice' in this piece. Really enjoyed it.

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  9. I like this. I like the nose and shoe same colour sentence but I also like how she is 'annoyingly' crying. W've all done that . . cried when we really do not want to but can't help it. Even worse when they know we have too. xxx

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    1. Thanks! It's true... sometimes those tears just pop right out, completely uninvited.

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