Adite Banerjie, best-selling romance author and script writer, seems to have written her newest short story in minutes – one moment she was talking about writing something new, and the next it was published. Here’s what she has to say about that:
Inspiration to write a story often comes from different places. Sometime back I had participated in a writing challenge where I had to write a short screenplay of five pages based on a couple of prompts and a genre. The idea was to use the prompts as a kind of a trigger for a story that could be told in two or three scenes.
The end of the story was what came to me first — as a visual. I drafted the characters and the plot line based on the ending and worked my way backwards. Strange how writers’ brains work, right?
Recently when a friend advised me to convert some of my screenplays into short stories, I decided to embark on a different kind of writing challenge – taking a five page script and converting it into a short story. I wondered if it would be possible or it would end up as flash fiction (which is typically around 350-500 words).
I was pleasantly surprised to find that the story had enough meat to be fleshed out into a short story. In fact, this time around, I focused on developing the characters and their subtext. Also, I took the more normal approach to writing the story — a linear one — beginning with the characters and their motivation since the plot line was already in place. And voila, I had a short story of about 2500 words.
So, Reet, although it appear that I managed a short story in ‘short’ order, actually, a fair bit of the work had already been done – all I had left to do was to fill in the blanks.
Thank you Reet for hosting me on your blog.
Here’s the arresting cover!
About the Book
Titled Shelly – A Promise is Forever, the story revolves around three principal characters – Shelly, Anand and Raj. When a reluctant Anand agrees to meet his estranged brother Raj, he has no idea that he will finally uncover the mystery of the death of his beloved Shelly. Will it bring them the closure they need?
Aren’t you tempted?
I hope you are intrigued enough to check out this short 15-page story. If you like it, please do consider leaving a review.
Here’s where you can learn more about Adite Banerjie: