Through writing my story, my idea changed a lot. Although I kept the same idea, their were a lot of little ideas that I changed because I thought they would help. For example, I was going to introduce a machine that would transport him to Mars but instead I just had him wish and magically end up their. I thought that it would make more sense and flow better with the story, if he just wished and ended up their. Another thing I changed was Tommy’s personality. At first i thought of Tommy as a pretty nice guy that got bullied but that didn’t make any sense. Therefore, I made him very rude so that it did make sense when people didn’t like him. Lastly, I wasn’t going to add that he was turned into an alien on Mars. After thinking about it though, it didn’t make sense with my short story because it talks about not being human. All of these examples have changed because they either didn’t make sense with the story, or they just flowed a little better with everything. I think overall I did a pretty good job on my story. I like how I used different conflicts that lead to the climax. Also, I liked how I used dialogue although I could have used more and will add more as I create my final paper. I don’t really get where my idea of a guy turning into alien and going to Mars came from but i think it created an interesting story. I don’t like how towards the end of my story when Tommy just arrived on Mars, I don’t describe the setting and his life on Mars enough. Finally, I disliked how I didn’t add more characters and the name for Tommy to interact with.
I would take many things from the book, “Four Days To Glory” to use in my short story. I think that the book that I am currently reading does a very good job at explaining the setting, characters, and plot. “Four Days To Glory”, does a fantastic job with characterization and that is what I want in my short story. In my short story, I will show my characters mood and overall attitude through conflicts like this book does. I love how easy it is to catch onto the characters in this book, so I want to incorporate that and make it easy in my short story as well. I feel like characterization is very key in writing great story’s. From reading my book, I can say that characterization not only helps, but makes the story more enjoyable and easy to read. When writing my short story, I will focus on the characters more which I think will open up the story. I want the people that read my story to put themselves in the main characters shoes and try to relate with what’s going on within there lives. I chose characterization to take from this book because with the topic that I am using it fits very well. Like the book I am reading mindset is a huge part of the story. I am using the short story, “It cost too much, staying human”, which just from reading it shows the someone is thinking very hard. There will be a lot of thoughts running through my characters heads, just like the characters in “Four Days To Glory”. But, unlike the characters in my book, my character(s) will make a decision that will change his life forever. Overall, I chose to take characterization from my book because I think it is a very important aspect of a story and my story.
In, “Four Days to Glory”, the setting is very utilized and helps explain the main characters and there personalities. Also, it is used to set the tone of the entire book. Through this book, the setting displays a serious and determined theme and attitude of the book. Right when I began to read this book, it was very easy to determine the type of people the characters were because of the setting. The reoccurring setting of this story, which is a dark gymnasium with mats laid out and one little light on, displays this serious and determined attitude throughout the air. After experiencing the setting, the characters personalities were easily revealed because of the environment around them. For example, at the very beginning of the story, Jay Borshel is focused and getting ready to wrestle in front of the people of his town packed in a gymnasium . But, as normal, his opponent forfeit and he threw his headgear and took a seat in the dark. This setting shows the focus of Jay and how much he wants to wrestle his opponent. As said in my last blog, this is pretty much a non-comedic book. The setting for this book really shows the general attitude throughout the book. The whole seriousness of this book is set within the first chapter or two. Through these two chapters, there never a non-serious setting shown. For example, Jay and Dan are either preparing for a wrestling match that day or they are working hard at practice. Not only does this influence the story, but it helps the reader understand the seriousness of the plot and how much this particular sport means to the different characters. For myself, the setting of this story really helped me jump right in and understand what is happening. Immediately, I figured out that this was a serious book of two athletes and how the grind day in and day out. All in all, the setting really influences the story and the characters and helps out the reader to determine the type of people the characters are.