I can’t believe Christmas is a mere four days away! I’ve had a pretty awesome December so far, one which started with the publishing of
This novelette actually began as a 7 page short story that had nothing to do with domestic violence. In my junior year of high school, I was taking a creative writing class. In it, I created a piece called Forget You (Please). It is essentially the beginning of the novelette wherein Charlotte is a runaway, and the sole reason for her leaving is because of her boyfriend dumping her. It was only when I continued it that I realized there was something else that made Charlotte run: her dad.
This addition of an antagonist that wasn’t her ex-boyfriend made the story take an entirely different direction. So much so that I needed a new name for it, because Forget You (Please) no longer made much sense. So, as soon as the novelette was done, I started brainstorming for a better name. And by ‘as soon as’, I mean that literally. I wrote the last sentence, celebrated, then started writing down new name ideas. I honestly can’t remember the other contenders, because within five minutes I had written “protect her” and fell in love.
Charlotte is always trying to keep her little sister safe, so she is trying to “protect her”. When you say
One of my favorite things to do design covers for my stories while I’m writing them, to remind me of my end goal. Kinda like this:
So of course, protect her had a few of
So now that I have finished my first story, I can guarantee you it won’t be my last. Now I know that I can do it.