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Every man has agency, except the everyman

Brushing the sexist terminology aside for a moment, I want to talk about the everyman.

If you’re writing a science fiction or fantasy novel, your protagonist might be an ordinary person who finds themselves in an extraordinary world.

We make these characters to articulate the oddity of the situation, to show how peculiar it is through the eyes of the bewildered.

The problem is, characterisation and agency tend to fall to the wayside. Take for instance Alice or Dorothy, of Wonderland and Oz fame. Tell me some of their character traits… What kind of personality do they have?

It’s tough, right?

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Rise – Flash Fiction

Submitted to a Flash Fiction friendly. 100 words, taking the phrase “secret invention” and the image above as inspiration.

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I awake to a clamour of glass smashing against stone. Hurried footsteps recede to silence, as rusty hinges squeal goodbyes. My head pounds as I open my eyes. Outside, an unseen torrent rumbles, amplifying the pain in my brain.

Sitting up, slowly, the smell of decay raises visions of illness – a blood-spattered bedpan haunts my periphery.

I survived?

I raise a grubby, skeletal hand to my temple, and notice my clothes thick with mud. My skin is cold, like a corpse. The pain in my head squirms – I pluck a soft, wriggling creature from my ear.

It’s alive.