Have a read of this story, ‘Cimarron’, by Natalie Teal McAllister, published at the excellent online journal Pidgeonholes.
Then write a story for your Novella-in-Flash in which:
- a long-awaited change in the weather affects how characters behave, what they can do, or how they feel.
- there’s a contrast between one protagonist’s parent and another character’s parent (as here, between two different fathers) – they behave differently, have different values, or there’s some other kind of friction or tension between these two representations of parenthood, which is noticed by a protagonist or narrator.
- there’s an exploration of contrasting experience between genders (for example, as happens here, a female narrator observing a male character, or otherwise another gender contrast).
- a community of people (any kind of social group) is prompted, cajoled, inspired to act collectively in response to an event or a change
- a character is actively interacting with the landscape or physical environment (for example, as happens here, a character wading into a river, catching fish)
- identify some other ingredient or tactic in the story that you connect with or admire. Transplant it into the context of your own novella. Write a flash fiction using some twist or variation upon this particular element. Make it new.
More about Michael Loveday’s Novella-in-Flash mentoring: https://novella-in-flash.com/about-the-course/
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