Feb 9, 2012

Emotional moment



The final challenge is here! Emotion is the engine of a story. Pick an emotion and in a flash fiction piece of 250 words MAKE us feel it! We want to connect with your character. 


         People say I have a huge ego, but I need one. Seriously, being an actress is the worst way to build self-esteem. Every audition is a slime-fest of negativity: you're too fat. Too old. Too freckly. Too short. Your voice is squeaky. Your hair color is all wrong. You move like a robot. Your enunciation is straight from the trailer park.
      Next! Next! Next!
     One gum chewing agent gave me the worst rejection ever. "Honey," she said. "You're just not what we're looking for."
        She was trying to be nice but duh. Of course I wasn't what they were looking for. Hence the big fat no. But I keep trying. Actors and actresses - hell, anyone looking for a job - are all just random puzzle pieces trying to find a fit. We search for the spot where our colors blend, our talents merge to create a gorgeous story or picture or song or business.
    And it hurts to be flicked to the side like we're a piece of the blue puzzle sky, where nothing we try stands out.

13 comments:

Kyra Lennon said...

Beautiful! This is the kind of writing that many strive to achieve, and you make it look so effortless.

Sarah Pearson said...

That last line is so true for all of us.

Cassie Mae said...

You are so talented Melodie! Seriously, this was awesome and you have killer voice :)

Angela Cothran said...

Love the last line! I totally feel her desperation and hope all tangled together :) Wonderful writing!

Emily R. King said...

I'm drawn in by her voice. Excellent job, Melodie. Bravo!

Elizabeth Seckman said...

I totally feel it. Great job!

Kelley said...

What a great voice. And holy crap I love that last line!

Lisa L. Regan said...

Great passage! You convey a lot in a very small piece!

Rachel Morgan said...

Beautiful! Love the last line about the blue sky puzzle piece - such great imagery :-)
Also the "Next! Next! Next!"
I really felt frustration on behalf of your character.

Sara said...

I love that last line. I really feel like that sometimes too. Great voice!

Leigh Covington said...

Excellent. And so true. I think writers and actors/actresses can feel a lot of like, especially when it comes to rejection. Not fun. Great post. :)

The Capillary said...

I can sense a lot of frustration and disappointment. It was a good read.

Patricia Marques said...

'like we're a piece of the blue puzzle sky, where nothing we try stands out'

That line just completely stood out for me, so lovely.

Hello, new follower here from over at the campaign, this was a lovely introduction to your writing :)