A Moment in Time

Cage Dunn: Writer, Author, Teller-of-tall-tales

Some stories are a moment in time, captured and played out like a piece of music. An introduction (maybe), a central section where all the notes are dispersed into the world, and into the finale, the wind-down.

There may be no other structure to a MOT story, but they are usually well understood.

A mother lifts a car up, tips it over as if she lifted ton weights every day, when her child is still inside after an accident.

A pet torments the owner until they wake up and smell the smoke.

A dog sits at the window and waits, and waits, and waits.

These are some minor examples of MOT stories. I could, and often do, play with these MOT bits to find the values of a character (usually a secondary character, because I can’t start a story without knowing the core values of the main character). Sometimes, it…

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