Metamorphosis of a Story- Part 2
I can’t believe it. My first short story based upon Celtic myth set in 19th century Irish slums came to me within a couple of hours after reading An Introduction to Celtic Mythology. I mentioned I struggle with getting ideas for short stories, so to me, this is nothing short of miraculous.
Legends are tricky. They don’t follow modern writing conventions. There was one tale that dangled out there at the end of the margin. I was turning the pages wondering where the rest of it was. Weird.
I considered a few stories, but in the end, the one that stuck was The Children of Lir: some children are turned into swans by an evil step mother and are doomed to be swans until a specific event happens (the event changes depending on the story teller). Many years later, the swans are returned to human form, but are now old and die shortly after.
For me, what makes this story what it is, is the transformation of children who remain in that form until they are very old. This means my story must take place over a long period of time.
I thought, what if this happened to one of my Irish immigrants when they were a child and the spell wasn’t broken until they were old. How old? Pushing 90, I thought. If they were children in the early part of the 1900s, that means they’d be old in the 1980s.
This is something I can run with.
I have done most of my research (80s fashion anyone?) and have written my bursts. Next up–the rough and first drafts. I may be done with this story within a week.
Where do you guys get your ideas for for your stories and how long does it take you to write them?