Everyday Fiction is a site that publishes one flash fiction story a day. Signing up is free and receiving a very short story in your inbox every morning is a nice way to start the day. Plus, as a young writer, I really value and appreciate the unique opportunity EF presents to receive so much feedback from around the world. It's an incredible experience to hear directly from so many readers. I love discovering what elements communicated themselves successfully, what worked and what didn't. I'm currently working on a one-person show for a festival in New York City, and I feel like the ability to work with editors and readers, to process and learn and grow from feedback will only make the show that much stronger. After all it's only going to be me up there, so it had better be good! If I'm not perfectly communicating the story and characters to my audience, then it's going to be a long one act indeed.
Learning what I do well and what I need to work on is part of a process that makes all the hours I put into writing and acting well worth it. I feel as if I'm growing and discovering possibilities within myself that I had never suspected were there-- especially considering how painfully shy I am. Putting myself out there is difficult but expands me so far past my own paltry self. I think that's kind of why Charlie wants to learn Italian after his wife's death. He, too, feels trapped within himself and his own painful memories, and as Haruki Murakami puts it: "Learning another language is like becoming another person."
Well, let me know what you think. Thanks!