Those who follow my twitter account will know that I take part in the weekly hashtag game #1lineWed where writers share lines from their stories based around an optional theme picked by @RWAKissofDeath. On 5th October the theme was Over and I played along as usual with sixteen entries. Mixed in among these tweets were these two from my story Peppermint:
Rightly or wrongly I’ve never been a huge fan of my story Peppermint for the reasons I detail in my Author’s Notes article about the tale. Below the break you’ll see how these two tweets helped me re-evaluated my thoughts on the story.
Good Bits in Bad Stories
As I said I’ve never really like Peppermint as I thought it didn’t work as a story as it is two parts rather than one whole. For this reason, and life in general, I don’t think about Peppermint often as I try to focus on other story. However, 5th October’s #1lineWed helped me see the beauty of the story that I’d forgotten about. Both lines are wonderfully beautiful descriptions that give a clear image to the reader in ten words or less. Jenny Glover puts even better in this tweet.
@The_Red_Fleece It just takes you right there, very simply, right in that moment. Just what it should do. Is it from short story or novel?— Jenny Glover (@JenGlov) October 11, 2016
Why is this important?
What #1lineWed has shown me is that within my stories that I don’t like or I don’t think works there is something good there. In Peppermint it is the two lines above. When I went back to re-read the story for this post I found I enjoyed it more than I remembered I did. I can still see the issues but I now have a more balanced view of my story.