Happy Thanksgiving to all of our readers who have found their way to Random’s Rants. We’re thankful for each and every one of you! Thank you for making us a part of your writing journey. You’re the reason we’re here.
We started this blog in April, 2012. Since then close to 10,000 people have visited us. I’m amazed! You aren’t just HITS to us. You’re writers who invest your time to read our rants. For that we are thankful!
This year, as you gather with your family and friends, listen to their stories, their concerns, their hardships. Plot a novel, a short story, or a novella.
Pay attention to the senses. HEAR the sounds of the oven fan running, the turkey juice sizzling, or the beaters clinking in the ceramic bowl of mashed potatoes. SMELL the spices in the stuffing, the cinnamon in the pumpkin pie. FEEL (TOUCH) the warmth of a relative’s embrace, or the cold ceramic tile beneath your feet. TASTE the saltiness in the gravy or the lump in Aunt Martha’s sweet potatoes. SEE the prominent colors of the table, the styles of clothing your relatives are wearing, and the games they play.
Remember these moments and these senses. Write about them. Keep them in your journal. This is the perfect time to write short stories for next year’s fall magazine publications. Typically editors are looking for these stories six to nine months ahead of time. That means you have three months to write your short story for next year. Do it now while the story is fresh in your mind.
LISTEN to the stories around you. Plot different endings. What are the emotions of the person telling you the story? Interview them. Ask them questions.
Have your feast and brainstorm at the same time. Maybe you’ll burn more calories.
Be sure to sample the pie, too. After all, you need to feel the texture and taste the sweetness if you’re going to write about it, right?
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