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Short Stories: March 22, 2023 Issue [#11874]

 This week: I'd like you to meet...
  Edited by: Lilli ☕️ 🧿
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1. About this Newsletter
2. A Word from our Sponsor
3. Letter from the Editor
4. Editor's Picks
5. A Word from Writing.Com
6. Ask & Answer
7. Removal instructions

About This Newsletter

“It's not until you really throw your character into the story that you can genuinely understand who they are.”
~ Elijah Bynum

“Don't write about a character. Become that character, and then write your story.”
~ Ethan Canin

“There's a magic to being present when you're writing a character.
~ Reid Carolin

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Letter from the editor

All writers understand how important characters are to a story, but we sometimes struggle with ways to introduce new ones into a storyline. This week we'll cover a few ideas for welcoming a new character to your tale.

*Vignette6* Someone needs saving
Just like us, characters can find themselves in perilous situations; a mugging, mindlessly walking into traffic, a bicycle accident, a medical emergency, etc.

*Vignette6* An established character meets them by mistake/accidentally
I'm thinking of mistaken identity. From the back, this person looks just like the person your character is supposed to meet up with, and poof, ugh, not the right person. A conversation ensues, maybe sparks fly, etc.

*Vignette6* At an event or special occasion (funeral, wedding, gallery opening, etc.)
Special occasions are a great way to meet new people, so why not take advantage of that in your story to introduce a new character? A conversation can strike up just about anywhere!

*Vignette6* Have an established character introduce them to another
Things like this happen all the time in real life. Perhaps at a special occasion listed right before this one, the character 'brings a friend' to introduce to the established friend group.

*Vignette6* Randomly chosen as partners for a task, group, etc.
At work, a new hire gets paired up with your character for a project or to be given a tour. In class, a teacher/professor may randomly pair up students for a special project.

*Vignette6* As an innocent bystander or witness to something
This new character may witness a crime that your character is a victim of and comes to their aid. Maybe a character bumps into someone, spills something on their clothes, etc.

*Vignette6* Through an average, day-to-day activity
A trip to the market, bookstore, doctor's appointment, the library, work, new mailman, etc. Any day-to-day activity that your characters experience offers ways to introduce new characters.

Think about your own life and how you meet new people. Each of those incidents are ways to incorporate into the lives of your characters!

Editor's Picks

Larry Gets Lucky  (13+)
After a series of horrendous first dates, Larry finally gets lucky.
#2292584 by OOT™

Stafford's Bane [Bard's Hall, 3/'23]  (18+)
Fog. A swamp. An unnerving meeting.
#2292551 by Soldier_🎶_Mike

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#2292463 by Not Available.

Marching to the Beat  (E)
Getting ready to march
#2292372 by AmyJo -May's here already!!

Memory Calls  (13+)
A man drives to a date with his memory.
#2292259 by Beholden

The tulip  (E)
A Flash Fiction (224 words)
#2292176 by Evie123

Truth Will Out  (18+)
There's been enough death to last a lifetime, and here it lingers like a dark promise.
#2292109 by Victoria

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Ask & Answer

Comments and feedback from "It was a dark and stormy night...:

Quick-Quill wrote:
"When all is said and done, killing my mother came easily." This is the first line in Almost Moon by Alice Sebold. It was the line that hooked my sisters and I to choose it for our book club read.
I am not a fan of spending hours trying to craft a first line. As long as you can hook me into the story in the first few pages, I don't care what you wrote first."

That IS an interesting first line and I will definitely add that book to my list! Thank you!

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