Split My World In Two


I`m broken. Lost! Ripped between two thoughts. Reader, what do I do? I`m making a short story and there are just way too many ideas in the world!

I remember a time when I would have been horrified at any death or bitter-sweet ending in a story. My taste has since then taken a dramatic change. I still mourn their deaths, but now I understand writers who tend to kill off characters– it`s really what happened to the people even though they may be fictional.  I relish the control I have over my characters; that`s part of the power of writing. I could make all my characters die in a violent hurricane in the middle of Kansas if I wanted to. I write as a way of letting imagination come out of a pen and not be strange.

You can make anything by writing.

C.S. Lewis

I write as a way of exploring something electric.

Cary Holladay

Pens are lovely creatures, aren’t they? I feel like a dragon curling around its mound of treasure with my pens. Pens are meant for writing. Pencils may be erasable but pens flow– word after word mounting each other like a dew forming on a flower.

I am writing a short story for school. My goal was to wrench my readers’ hearts out with a heartbreaking tale with good morals. Then I had another idea, to fling all my ideas aside and write a sweet story that grabs your heart and makes you smile. Which one would you pick? Yes, I know, it`s tough. But by the end of the week I am going have to know. So, with a heart tangled like a tub of loose yarn, I will brave the decision-making that I loathe. It will end in either the characters dying, or a sweet taste of remembrance fading away on your tongue. One decision will change it all….

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Deidre Freitas says:

    My mom and I say go with a mixture of both. Like real life, some people end up with their fairytale endings while others get the shorter end of the stick.

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    1. Sarah says:

      Yes, that is a very good idea. Instead of having all the characters dead in the last paragraph give it a more real life feel. Great thoughts, thanks for sharing.

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  2. Amy says:

    And then . . . you’ll turn around and write another story with the other ending that you didn’t choose! Sarah, when I was about your age I had to write a story for school, and I asked my mom to type it up for me. There was a part of the story that was so dark and bloody and Mom wanted to type it in red, but she resisted the impulse. Ha! You’ll come up with ending that is just perfect for this story, I know you will!

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    1. Sarah says:

      I could see you writing something like that for some reason. Something like Anne Shirley would write. 😉 That would be very interesting to read. Do you still have it?
      I love stories that take a unexpected twist at the end. I`m thinking I could add one to the more light-hearted one, but….. oh, it`s so hard to decide!

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  3. mollybygolly5 says:

    Both-and then let me read them! 😉 Here are a couple more quotes for you–
    “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.” — Stephen King
    “Books are a uniquely portable magic.” –Stephen King
    “I have no special talent; I am only passionately curious.” — Albert Einstein

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    1. Sarah says:

      Why not? I would eventually like to write both of them. 🙂
      I love writing quotes! Those are some very inspiring ones. I am going to write them down. I am reading a book called ‘A Writer`s Book of Days’; It has so many gorgeous quotes. One of them has really inspired me, “You can write the worst junk in America.” (Natalie Goldberg) It is like giving me permission to write a jumble of words and not care whether it`s good or not.

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