In my short story, Duo’vr, I chose to write about an intergalactic princess who has a very narrow view of her life and world, despite her living at the edge of space! Through a series of events that befall her, she discovers her worth and the power that even a single decision can wield over others. I was compelled to write this short story from a teenage girl’s viewpoint to give credence to the pains associated with growing up, and being given responsibility, often before any of us are ready.
Since I’ve started my writing career, I’ve begun to view people differently. I’ve come to appreciate that the human race acts and makes the choices they do for a reason, some obvious but many, not so much. A preoccupied waitress might have recently lost a loved one. A cantankerous neighbor may be struggling because his costly medications take precedent over a warm and cozy house. We rarely ever get a front row seat to truly understand others. As the cliché goes, it’s impossible to walk in another person’s shoes.
Teenagers have their own motivations for making their choices. Peer pressure, self-consciousness and self-worth are just the tip of what teenagers have to overcome on a daily basis. Communication is key, not simply to aid in understanding, but if it is approached openly and honesty, it lends respect that each of us have a right to feel as we do.
As the writer, it’s up to me to figure out why they say or act a certain way, what motivates their actions—or if they are unable. If a writer does their job, the characters not only speak to the reader, they impact the reader on an emotional level. If the writer does a great job, their characters stick with the reader for quite some time.
I prefer to create worlds as unique as my characters. Fantasy and science fiction give me a canvas with the universe as my backdrop, and my imagination my only limitation! There are always different class systems in life, whether its the color of our skin, economic differences, or what country we were born into. In Duo’vr, my setting is two diverse demographic locations, one in the heavens and the other on soil. Yet they are forced to coexist. They need each other to survive. This is a timeless scenario as ancient as our history on earth.
In spite of fun and unique settings, though, my characters drive the stories. Some make growth while others may even regress, but everyone is destined to change, for good or bad. That is the heart of storytelling, and what I find challenging, yet exciting, about writing.
In Duo’vr, I chose to leave the story with a slightly blurred resolution. It’s not meant as a tease, but as a gift to the readers. If they are invested in the story and characters on an emotional level, they can imagine an ending of their own choosing. I know how I want it to end, but what I find satisfying may be quite different for another reader.
I hope you enjoy reading Duo’vr and appreciate the obstacles that I’ve thrown at my characters. On some level, either consciously or subconsciously, ask yourself if you would have made the same decision as my protagonist. Would you have handled things differently? What would motive your decision? In so doing, you’ll be taking a step into a writer’s world!