We’ve probably all had the experience of having a conversation with someone and realizing partway through that the two of you are just not communicating. We assume that what we think we’re saying is what the other person thinks we’re saying, and vice versa. In reality, rarely does the message we mean to send reach another person exactly the way we meant it. Psychologists who study communication have said there are really four messages involved in anything that is said: (1) What I mean, (2) what I think I say, (3) what the other person thinks I said, (4) what the other person thinks I mean. It makes sense that we don’t always get it right.
Thinking about those kinds of experiences where communication simply didn’t flow, write a story that involves a failure to communicate and the consequences that come from it. Happy writing!