Out of the Picture – The Process

Out of the Picture is story number forty in the #52ShortStories challenge.

**SPOILERS BELOW. If you have not read the story and want to be (hopefully) surprised, come back to this when you’re done.**

Other creative types know that inspiration is everywhere. I can’t tell you why this particular instance was triggered, but my family and I were in one of those art and frame stores where there are shelves lined with random sepia-toned and black-and-white stock photography–a just-married couple exiting a church, a family having a picnic, maybe someone’s golden shepherd running in the grass.

Some part of my brain imagined a character walking into the store and recognizing someone in one of those photographs. Originally, my character wasn’t sure why they recognized the person and I wrote a whole bunch of words down this path which had me beyond frustrated because it wasn’t going to be wrapped up in a short story. That’s great and all, except when I’m already behind and on a tight deadline. 😉

So, I scratched a couple thousand words and practically started again. I think the story worked out better and I have my first reader to thank. I always go to her when I’m stuck and she usually steers me in a better direction.

I hope you enjoyed the end product!

Here’s the general scratch file:

And the daily journal entries:

-Phillip

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