This assignment was to read Hemingway’s “Hills Like White Elephants” and then write a similar dialog driven scene. We were to have between 500 and 1,500 words. We had 72 hours to write this, but I have family coming in for the weekend and a half-marathon on Sunday. This morning was when I could get this done. Of course, this means I haven’t spent near as much time on this as I would have liked, and I reserve the right to sneak in edits.
I tried to obfuscate the topic and depict realistic dialog. My word count is 950, so I’m somewhere between the 500 word scene and the 1,500 word short story. I thought about adding more, but it didn’t feel right. Maybe I escalated things too quickly.
My assignment was to write up a character sketch with a focus on the character’s job (his actual occupation) and his vocation (that which he actually does or wants to do). We were to then write a story or character background that explored the tension or synergy between our character’s job and vocation.
This has a plot in that it follows a day, so it has a beginning, middle, and end. But it doesn’t have a strong climax or anything. I just tried to show Stu’s job and his two, competing, vocations.
I’m not super happy with the title. It is fitting, but it seems a bit bland.
I might skim over too much or too little of his day. I cut out a bunch of things I put in there, because it seemed to drag, but I’m not sure if I’d like more detail or if I should have cut even more.
Oh, I know Stu is an odd nickname for Steven, but Stu insists that’s what people call him.
You probably ought to read the story first.
I am working my way through the University of Warwick writing challenges as a way of building my writer’s toolbox, and this was a result of a writing challenge to closely examine my physical self and my belongings and to create a character who was ‘obviously’ me but also not me. The characters in the story are alternate universe versions of myself and a friend. It was a disturbing process to write this.