By Maria C. Ferrer
It was amazing to see what writers focused on. For some it was the eyes; for others it was the clothes; and yet others focused on the attitude of the person in the picture. The backgrounds for these characters were as wide, as they were varied.
I still play Paper Dolls. In fact, that’s were a lot of my story ideas come from. A picture. A face.
I always start with a character. It just happens that way. For example, I was looking through last month’s Cosmopolitan magazine and saw an ad for hair coloring. In the ad, the Lady proclaimed that “she was worth it.” The slogan and the woman’s face triggered a story and my Paper Doll came to life. For the past three days, she headlines the marquee of my creative mind.
But my Paper Doll has spine. She is going to think positive. There has to be something positive about turning 40. Right? 40 is the new 30, right? (“Who said that? Is it true?!”)
So she’s thinking positive. Great things about turning 40:
• Closer to menopause and no more cramping. (“Woo hoo.”)
• The shutting down of the baby machine. (“One was more than enough, Thank You.”) [She made that clear as I was typing this post!]
• Closer to retirement. (“It won’t be much, thanks to those damn politicians, but, hey, every penny counts!”)
• Perfect age to become a cougar. (“Hmm!”)
And so the story begins.
How do you start your stories—with a character or a scene or an emotion? Let us know.♥
Maria Ferrer enjoys playing Paper Dolls and What-if? Visit her at http://www.4horsewomen.blogspot.com/ and at http://www.latinabookclub.com/.
*Kathryn Hayes was a Founding Mother of the RWA New York City Chapter. She sold her writings to numerous publications, and wrote children books under the name of Kathyn Hitte. Kathryn also mentored many a Chapter Member since 1989 until her death. RWANYC’s annual contest carries her name—Kathryn Hayes Love and Laughter Contest.