How the Poopy Tutu Developed

How I developed my story

Shit Happens (formerly titled The Poopy Tutu)

Adrianna Joleigh

This originally was my homework assignment and I pussy-footed my way around it for a few weeks, because the story itself just didn’t seem to come out ‘’normal.’’ Lol But then again, with me nothing ever does. David wanted me to approach the main character through an interview. Not like what you’re going to see in this story, but by tapping into the character and allowing him to tell me what happened. Some of you may have seen the interview a few weeks ago, but for those of you who haven’t, the interview had me in stitches. Continue reading

How Mad Mac developed


How I developed my story

Mad Mac

The approach I took to create Mad Mac wasn’t much different than what I have used since I started writing as a kid: I got an idea, sat down at the computer and wrote. In this piece, which was also written to compare the end results of a detailed, researched and lengthier story versus one that is written ‘on the fly’ and borders on flash fiction, I purposely did very little planning and left the piece as close to its original version as possible by only editing it once.


The actual writing was guided by the feelings, guesses and conclusions, and simple curiosity inspired by the prompt as I wrote. Though there are many ways to get to the heart of this story, I was only interested in one thing: What was this man’s possible emotional/mental state? My goal was to build the story from the inside out, from his unique perspective. I ended up using simple narration, second-hand information and inner dialog to do this. The only other clear piece of information guiding me was the picture in my head of two men sitting on a porch, talking and smoking, which influenced my decision for location and speech. Everything else, from deciding to break the story into the three different ‘chapters’, details of Mac’s life, challenges, background, relationships, etc. came to me as I wrote.


Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoy Mad Mac.

How “You Can’t Lose” Developed


How I developed my story

You Can’t Lose What You Never Had

Most writers look at this story as a mystery to be solved: Where did the mysterious winner go?  Why?  Is he dead?   That’s the normal way, but as those who know me have already figured out, there is not a normal bone in my body.  I wanted to know how the other people in his life were affected by his disappearance.
I mentally outlined the main characters, used Google Maps to find a workable location, and then traveled via my very warped imagination to the Arkansas side of the Louisiana-Arkansas border to meet the people and get to know their attitudes and lifestyles.
My first encounter was an oldtimer sitting on a bench near a small square. This story is the result of my interview; I am glad I stopped to talk with him.