Story A Day May: Day 8

I love the fairy tale prompt! In fact, the story I wrote for this prompt in Story A Day May a few years ago, ended up being published last year (Field Trip, in 5×5 Lit Mag).

This time, I used Sleeping Beauty as a parallel of sorts for the big picture experience of one of my novel’s characters. I often tend towards the very close and hyper descriptive, so this was a (good) departure for me. The story, though short (800 words), covers around twenty years in a retrospective way. I hadn’t thought of this character in this sort of way previously, so it was helpful in that respect as well — allowing me to consider her more deeply.

I used the basic structure of Sleeping Beauty (the warning (not to touch the spindle), the curiosity overcoming the warning / good sense, the consequence (sleep), waking up) and found that it fit my character’s life experience quite well! It worked extremely well as an archetype. It has also made me reflect that I should probably consider the archetypal qualities of my characters more often. I have done this occasionally — it comes up often in how-to-write books and articles, but it is something that I think I find easy to forget about amongst all the other aspects of planning and writing.

So that was all good. Off to ComicCon now.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s