Watch the 140 Character Story Story: HERO
Get to know writer Justin Boyd:
1) What is your very short story about?
A young may living a very mundane life happened upon a car accident scene (a car skidded on ice and swerved into a lake and is sinking) and saved a pregnant mother from drowning. Great acclaim and minor local celebrity ensued as a result of his heroism, briefly catapulting his life into an exciting new direction of fawning interviews, praise and backslapping from strangers, and recognition of his heroism from local businesses and politicians. The story finds him one year later after the acclaim and attention have gone away and he finds himself back to his old boring life. He misses the recognition and lauding.
2) What motivated you to write this story and submit it to the festival?
I wish to be a professional writer and this is a story idea I’ve been kicking around for a while. I saw the 140 Character Short Story Twitter account and thought I’d give it a try.
3) What movie have you seen the most in your life?
Jeez, I’ve seen so many and watched a bunch of them over and over. It could possibly be Raising Arizona, Dazed and Confused, Pulp Fiction, any of the original Star Wars trilogy…I could go on.
4) How many scripts and stories have you written?
I have started on at least a half dozen or more. I really have to settle on one and focus on it. This is a discipline I am working on.
5) What artists would you love to work with?
I would love to be a filmmaker, but there are no particular actors I’d like to work with; there are so many to choose from. There are many great men and woman doing wonderful work and it would be an honor to work with them. However, I have a fantasy of some musicians I love contributing soundtracks to my movies, particularly Thurston Moore or Chan Marshall.
6) What is your passion in life?
My family, particularly my wife and children are my passion in life. I would like very much for professional writing to be second to family.
7) Any tips for other writers who want to write a 140 character short story?
Just do it. The brevity can be a challenge, but it can also make your story very mysterious and intriguing.
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