pat walters

freelance journalist in memphis


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Writing on deadline is all about pressure. You want to get the story right. But no matter what, you need to get the story in.

What happens when your editor tells you to hit the streets and find some stories about pressure (and get them in the paper 24 hours later)?

This happens:

Rocky Etherton stood in the dark, hands shaking so he could barely hold his cell phone.

He started to mash buttons.

9 . . . 9 . . .9 . . . end

A big bang, like a firecracker, had shaken him from his sleepy drive home. The windshield imploded, a spray of white sparkles.

He stared at the lit object in his trembling hand.

1 . . . (end)

1 . . . 1 . . . (end)

He thought, in the instant his eyes were squeezed shut …

Five stories. Each less than 300 words long. All about pressure in today’s St. Petersburg Times.

(via Gangrey)


Written by patwalters

August 22, 2007 at 11:48 pm

Posted in narrative journo

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