Your Punching Privileges Have Been Revoked – The Process

Your Punching Privileges Have Been Revoked is story number forty-one in the #52ShortStories challenge.

**SPOILERS BELOW. If you have not read the story and want to be (hopefully) surprised, come back to this when you’re done.**

So, my son is a boy.

Kind of a redundant statement, I know, but I just wanted to emphasize that he likes to do very boyish things including lots of wrestling and punching. The punching has become a problem and at some point, something along the lines of “Your punching privileges have been revoked,” came out of either my or my wife’s mouth and it stuck. That’s where this tale began. And who punches a lot? Boxers sprung to mind immediately. Where the rest came from, I couldn’t tell ya. Just the nature of letting my subconscious work its magic (apparently quite literarily in this case). After the issues I had getting through the previous story, I was glad that this one seemed to write itself.

I initially wrote this story in past tense, but I found myself putting a few sentences down in present tense which really seemed to kick the telling into overdrive, so I went back about halfway through and fixed all that (hopefully)!

Oh, and voice, voice, voice. I really wanted to spend time focusing on voice and I think it came across. It’s both amazing and overwhelming to imagine all of the different tools we writers have to bring a story to life. To me, I’m enthralled with the notion that there’s just no end to the learning and we can always get better.

Here’s the general scratch file:

And the daily journal entries:


9 thoughts on “Your Punching Privileges Have Been Revoked – The Process

  1. Definitely a great title! And you’re right—we can always learn and improve our craft.

    1. Thank you, Carrie!

  2. So you’re using Evernote to keep your diary and scratch pads? I have a subscription to Evernote and really like it … when I remember to use it. Mostly I’ve just saved web clips and files. I’ve never used it to journal.

    I love it that your son was the seed for this story!

    1. Oh man, I use Evernote for everything. I like that I can export everything to html as well in case they ever go away.

      1. Good to know. I have stuff scattered all over (Dropbox, google drive, google docs) and that definitely makes me less productive.

        1. I do too, so you’re not alone there. I actually use Google Docs to type up all of my stories because the formatting is better than Evernote and it’s easy to use with my writing laptop (a Chromebook).

  3. It’s wonderful when a story writes itself, isn’t it? I refuse to believe that sweet little Angus is punching. 🙂

    1. I know… Hard to believe that little angel likes to punch, but to his credit, he just thinks of it as playing. ?

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