Sometimes my short stories come one snippet at a time. I’ll suddenly have a character or a setting in my head, but the story is not clear. Usually, I open a new file and type out what’s in my head. I toss the ideas into a bulk folder called “Unfinished.” Once in a while, another part of the story will come, so I dig out the document and continue. Snippets of the story can arrive days, weeks, months or years later.
For me, this is the way short stories typically arrive. Now that I have more time for writing, I tend to look in my “Unfinished” folder and force some stories along.
“On the Way to the Roxy” is one of many short stories that was written in snippets–in this case, two significant chunks, about one year apart. I was on my way to The Roxy Theatre, a beautifully refurbished theatre on 20th Street in Saskatoon—all of the trendy new cafés had closed at 6:00, and I was very disappointed. The scene where Marge and Marcel are walking down 20th was written from notes I jotted down that night.
About a year later, I had this grumpy old Québécois guy in my head, demanding I let him out onto paper. He became Marcel, and suddenly Marge was writing herself into the story. Once the characters appeared, I added them to the setting and the story bloomed.
I’ve added it here for you to read. Enjoy!
p.s. If you are interested in reading more about how stories arrive, consider reading a previous post about short stories that arrive all at once http://www.rachellaverdiere.com/writer/short-stories-first-draft/#more-151