I saw another first time writer tonight. They always start their stories the same way. Two years ago, I was one of them. Here's the story.
Jorgamundor laced up his left work boot, stained with oilfield muck. Jenny was still sleeping. Jenny had been so upset lately. But Jorgamundor knew why.
He remembered when Jenny's mother had yelled at her in front of him last week. His poor wife had been so ashamed. "She never loved me," Jenny had sobbed to him that night. And now she walked around morose all the time.
Yesterday Jenny had even forgot to pick up Smolish, their 6 year old, from school. Now Jenny was worried that the school might report her to social services. And they might, too.
Then Jorgamundor put on his right work boot.
First time writers want to tell everything all at once. So it's twitch a finger, long flashback, twitch another finger.
It's cute, in a way, seeing it being done over and over. "Awww, wook at the widdow witer. I wemember when I was wike that."
Now I have other problems!