Slap 'n' Tickle
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Thanks to the IWSG for the probing question this month. I really liked this question. It is important to reflect back on what we've learned on our writing journey and how much we've improved since those first words.
Question: What was your very first piece of writing as an aspiring writer? Where is it now? Collecting dust or has it been published?
Location: Chez Castillon, France
Purpose: Residential Short Story Writing Course
First piece of writing as an aspiring writer: Slap ‘n’ Tickle – Tally Belle has to give the presentation of her life in order to save her cosmetic business. But, as throughout Tally’s life, mishaps and mayhem always arise.
Presenting my first story to my course tutor: It was 17:00 - time to read the story I’d written that afternoon. My heart clanged like a twenty-eight ton cathedral bell. I took a sip of wine, and I began.
Laughter in the right places – a good sign. I read to the end and then breathed again, and took another slurp of wine. Critique time – gulp!
My character was likeable, the plot solid but some of the reality that I’d slipped in from experience didn’t quite ring true to others. But if it really happened, surely it was believable? Errr… apparently not. This was a tough lesson to learn but I did learn – a great book that helped me was by Lynne Hackles: Writing From Life.
Where is the story now? In my short story file, still waiting for a re-write. I'm not sure if I'll ever get round to doing it but it always smiles at me when I visit the file.
Happy writing and a huge thank you to the IWSG for the fantastic newsletter this month!