(Why ‘So She Left’ was written the way it is.)
I wanted to write a story that’s also an experiment in creating pauses between paragraphs, to provide obvious opportunities for just a little time to think.
We are repeatedly told that the pace of life is increasing – and that’s how it often actually feels. It’s a short step from that reality to think we would all be happier if we slow down.
Hence, I wrote a piece with slowing down in my mind from the outset.
(For me, the story works best if I read it under my breath, taking an additional breath between each paragraph.)
No, that’s not the reason why the story exists; that’s only why it’s in the form it is. The story itself is, I think, self-explanatory. It’s important to avoid avoidable regrets.