THE STARTING POINT

AREA OF FOCUS – WRITING SHORT STORIES, USING A PROMPT & STARTING POINT

This was my first time ever writing with a prompt.

In my fist composition class, taught by Dr. Stuart, we were required to write a short story and submit it to the Foothills Spotlight Magazine. The story had to begin with, “In hindsight.” I will warn you that this short story is absolutely terrible–but it was my first attempt at every writing a short story, my first creative piece ever written in college and my first time every using a writing prompt. Although senior Brianna cringes when she reads this story, it was a pretty big accomplishment for freshman Brianna. I won second place and my story was featured in the magazine alongside Dr. Stuart who won first. I chose to include this piece because I think it works as a nice reference point for where I began as a short story writer. This was written in the fall of 2013. By spring semester 2014, I was a sophomore taking Creative Non-Fiction along with juniors and seniors. My writing had improved quite a bit in just the space of a year. A full comparison can easily be seen between this short story and the one I wrote for Creative Non-Fiction, Honeymoon Story.

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