This new writing series is an exploration of character development, not from the imagination, but from the people we surround ourselves with. Like @a_chach once told me, the best way to write a new short story is not to stare at a screen but to notice the people we pass every day, at the grocery store, in the mechanic shop across the street from our apartment, under the sunset on an evening run. This moment of concrete observation builds the runway from which our imagination can take flight.
So, surround yourself with characters, never stop noticing the amazing story in which we live, and don't be afraid to...
BE A CHARACTER.
Two men sit in the front of a car. The windows are down. The man in the passenger feels the wind with his hand.
Lightning flashes in the dark sky. For a brief moment, the park around them is illuminated. Usually bustling, it's completely deserted. A ragged wind rustles a line of trees. Both men strain their eyes against the darkness, hoping for another strike. Another moment of clarity.
A red light rapidly approaches. The man in the passenger seat fixes his eyes on the glowing console. A digital clock displays the time. He taps it with a finger, as if that will stop time from freezing.
"Your clock right?" he asks.
The driver glances down at the clock while he slows at the stoplight. Another bolt of lightning illuminates the sky. He accelerates through the red light and turns left. The tires squeal.
"It's a bit off," he replies.