Watch the April 2016 Winning 140 Character Twitter Short Story.
LOST AT SEA by Denise Walker:
Get to know writer Denise Walker:
1) What is your very short story about?
This story is about a woman who is mourning someone very dear to her—her husband, lost at sea. She is consumed by grief and cannot help but stare out at the sea, tempted to give into her sadness and join her loved one beneath the waves.
2) What motivated you to write this story and submit it to the festival?
I first wrote a rough version of this story during a writing prompt. The prompt encouraged writers to use the word ‘smile’ in a 140 character story. Usually, the first thing associated with smiling is happiness so I took that and flipped it around. I liked the imagery I came up with and saw a link for this competition so I figured I’d enter it!
3) What movie have you seen the most in your life?
If I’m being honest, probably the Lion King. As a child, I’d sit and watch it over and over, making my parents rewind the tape each time (good old VCR’s).
4) How many scripts and stories have you written?
Not many! I have a few works in progress and I am currently working on my first novel CEDAR VALLEY which I hope to publish this year.
5) What artists would you love to work with?
I would love a female voice for my story. I do really like Sara Price and Kelly Daly, but I am not picky in the slightest.
6) What is your passion in life?
I would have to say writing. It’s not my day job but it brings me great joy to sit down and create. There’s nothing else like it in the world.
7) Any tips for other writers who want to write a 140 character short story?
Go with your gut. I always take the first idea that comes to me and I build off of that. Keep tweaking it until it’s perfect. In doing so, you’re left with something real.