Today I’d like to talk about my short story, “The DiVacci Curse.”
I originally wrote the “The DiVacci Curse” as a one-act play when I was in the midst of a playwriting class in college way back when. Converting it from a play to a short story proved a fun and interesting challenge. In a play, much of the story is told through the character’s actions onstage. In a story or novel that same action has to be described in detail so that the reader can create those very images in their mind. Details can be given in graphic, vivid description and exposition or they can be conveyed via character dialog.
An actor’s face and body language can show his or her reaction to a particular line of dialog delivered by a different character in the play, but in a novel or story the author must describe the character’s reaction clearly and unambiguously so as not to confuse the reader or lead their assumptions down a wrong or confusing path; unless, however, misdirection is the author’s intended purpose. This method is particularly effective when writing a mystery or thriller. This is not always an easy task to achieve. It’s a fine balance and a tricky line to walk for the author. Not enough detail can leave the action unclear and vague. Too much detail and the writer runs the risk of boring the reader and disrupting the pace of the story.
Some aspects of “The DiVacci Curse” remain in their original stage form from when I wrote it in college, but quite a lot of the action was changed and more detail was added for the short story. Can you locate the parts of “The DiVacci Curse” that were changed to make them more practical for the short story? After you read it, I encourage your comments and reactions.
Until I blog again…..