A Letter to the Gubamint – The Process
**SPOILERS BELOW. If you have not read the story and want to be (hopefully) surprised, come back to this when you’re done.**
Again, it’s funny how disparate pieces of information can influence a new creation. I flipped (clicked) through my reading journals for inspiration and landed on Francis Bacon’s essay, Of Anger, and immediately thought of a guy writing an angry letter to the government.
But then I had also been in the middle of reading an anthology of humorous short stories, so I wasn’t feeling in too serious of a mood. Sprinkle in random memories of a mobile home park (aka “trailer park”) that a friend from college lived in, and voilà, I had my character and setting.
I tried to play specifically with dialect and voice in this piece. There always seems to be a thin line between realistic and over-the-top, so I hope I pulled it off. Probably playing this story off as a bit of comedy helped, because you have more leeway when it comes to being over-the-top.
Hope you enjoyed it!
Here’s the general scratch file:
And the daily journal entries:
- Friday, April 6th
- Saturday, April 7th
- Sunday, April 8th
- Monday, April 9th
- Tuesday, April 10th
- Wednesday, April 11th
- Thursday, April 12th