The Story Behind the Story: “The Laundry Room Comes First”

When I worked in television news, I often had to produce two or three versions of the same report. I loved having the opportunity to begin the story in different ways. It was a chance to use a new image, a fresh quote, or a striking piece of natural audio. But the key facts in the report remained the same, whether they dealt with a crime, or an election, or a medical breakthrough. This piece of flash fiction is centered around one key element, which is the laundry room, but I started playing around with where and how to begin the tale. Ultimately, that process became part of the storytelling itself.

About Charmaine Wilkerson

Charmaine Wilkerson is from New York, has lived in several cities, and does most of her writing in Rome. Her work has won the Bath Novella-in-Flash Award and the Saboteur Award for Best Novella and her stories have appeared in various magazines and anthologies.

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