What’s Your Story?

Out of all the six-word short stories, I chose “It costs too much, staying human.” It for sure caught my attention out of all the others in the list. You can really use your thoughts and fill in the blanks. You could take the story to whole other meaning. I wanted my story to take place now in present times. Having the story take place now allows readers to connect about how they feel about current issues. Taking place in a small town in Maine, the story is set in the United States. The United States currently is already messed up in itself. They’re so many controversial issues going on, and a lot of hate. This time and place really set the mood for the story, symbolizing the brokenness not only in the country, but in the protagonist as well. The story revolves around a teenage girl with schizophrenia. All she wants is to be happy, but sadly she is her own worse enemy. She already has to deal with all the problems that being a teenage girl brings, so she really feels like her world is tumbling down. All Wendy, the girl, wants to be is happy. She constantly is surrounded by negativity from her own broken family. They’re embarrassed by her and her mental illness. Her family is very old-fashioned. Everything is done the way it would have been done years past before technology took a toll on the world. Wendy is confused and the schizophrenia doesn’t help one bit. “It costs too much, staying human” ties into the story by Wendy just wanting to be happy. Being happy to her is something that should be free, not bought. She is willing to risk anything and everything just to be happy instead of moping in her sadness. What will it cost for her to be happy?

From the beginning of working on this concept, I was lost. I had a whole other story set in mind, but honestly going through what I previously had, I needed to change my story. There was no connection, there were so many blank spaces that I did not know how to fill.  The concept really developed from working on the character development assignment. Getting the point of view from my character changed the story completely. It was easier to come up with a new concept, and much easier to explain than what I had before.

What’s Your Story?