Mock Fairy Tale and Grad School Update

Monday is the beginning  of my fourth term at Southern New Hampshire University’s grad school program in English and Creative Writing. Since my concentration is screenwriting, I’ve been doing a ton of reading in preparation.

One thing that really stood out to me was a piece of advice in a book called Crafting Short Screenplays That Connect by Claudia Hunter Johnson. She recommends people-watching and people-listening in order to create original characters. I realized I do this naturally, so I was happy to read that. The one and only play I’ve ever written was based on a conversation I overheard one day while eating lunch.

But the book really inspired me to start going to places I don’t normally go to – the airport, sporting events, bus stops, tattoo parlors – all of these places will attract people I don’t normally interact with. I think that this advice will not only make me a better writer, but a better person as I learn to empathize with people I don’t normally see or talk to. I’m really excited to see what this semester brings!

Attached is a mock fairy tale I wrote called Cinderale.

Enjoy and have an inspired week!

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