Watch the 140 Character Short Story – WHERE IS THE ‘GOOD’ IN ‘GOODBYE’?:
Get to know writer W.T. Paterson:
1) What is your very short story about?
This story a comic twist on the airport goodbye. Too many times people cry and weep and hug each other saying ‘be safe’ and ‘I’ll miss you’ but the truth is, that’s only part of it. In this case I thought it would be funny to have the guy be both brutally honest and kind of a dimwit. If that’s the last thing he’s going to say to her, of course she’s going to cry. I also thought she’d remember it more than anything else he could have said.
It made me chuckle, and when that happens there’s probably more people who will chuckle too. Plus when people change the reason they’re crying so quickly, I don’t care who you are, it’s always a little funny.
2) What motivated you to write this story and submit it to the festival?
It’s funny, I woke up after having a pretty awful dream about an ex girlfriend and for the whole morning I was just angry. When I took a step back to figure out why, the story just came out. Everyday I post a one sentence story under my Twitter handle, and this one hit. A friend let me know about this contest, and scrolling through past one sentence stories, this packed the most punch. Gotta come out swinging.
3) What movie have you seen the most in your life?
Oh this is embarrassing because it’s not even my favorite movie. It’s the remake of the Amityville Horror, the Ryan Reynolds version. It’s kind of a go to when I can’t sleep, or feel like putting on a scary(ish) movie with a girl. I’ve seen it more times than I can count, but hey – it leaves me feeling satisfied. Can you imagine watching Blue Valentine or Foxcatcher every day? You’d go crazy!
4) How many scripts and stories have you written?
I’ve written hundreds of pieces. Last year I had over 20 stories picked up for different magazines and was nominated for the pushcart prize, so that was a huge honor. I have a book coming out via Zharmae Publishing called ‘Dark Satellites’ so check that out when it gets released soon. It’s pretty nuts.
5) What artists would you love to work with?
I’d love to work with JJ Abrams. I think he’s brilliant and knows how to tell a beautiful story with very rich characters. Even if we grabbed a beer and laughed about dumb jokes for a few hours, I’d still feel like it’d be worth it. That guy is the man.
6) What is your passion in life?
My passion in life is creating work that makes people feel something. Whether it’s laughter, sadness, tension, surprise, music, or any of the millions of emotions, I want people to understand that we are capable of incredible things, even if most of the time it may not feel that way. Helping bringing out someone’s creative side can change their life for the better. How could I ever turn away from that? Also I love surfing and kickboxing. 🙂
7) Any tips for other writers who want to write a 140 character short story?
Words have meaning and power. Choose them wisely and with care. Also, write everyday. William Shakespeare said ‘Brevity is the soul of wit’ and it’s true. Less is more. I write a one sentence story on Twitter every day (or at least try to) so join me in the movement of #onesentencestory
* * * * *
The 140 Character Short Story Festival. Submit your own for FREE and get it made into a movie:
Deadline: SHORT STORY Festival. Get your story performed at the Writing Festival. FULL FEEDBACK on all entries.
WATCH the Recent Winning Short Story/1st Chapter Readings: