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Fiction Monday – 17

Hello and welcome to the seventeenth edition of Fiction Monday.

“Close the door. Write with no one looking over your shoulder. Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer.”

~ Barbara Kingsolver

There is an advice I heard in the blogging world which never worked for me. ‘Write for your audience.’ There is nothing wrong with writing for your audience provided

  • you have figured out your audience
  • you have figured out your niche

When I write with the idea that someone else is reading, I get distracted – I want to write something that they would like to read which almost always result in the feeling that I can’t write well. Self-doubt never seems to leave my side when I write for an audience which leads to a bigger draft pile and little on the published folder.

So I decided that my primary audience is me. I am writing for me first. That way I will not hold back on stories.

My question to you is do you face this problem, too – does your narrative change with your audience? Do you write for your audience? How does writing for yourself and for the audience affect you? I am curious to know. As writers, we want to be read, but as a writer, my words stop flowing when I think that someone is going to read what I write.

Stories From The Sixteenth Edition

A letter from “Hope” by Akshata Ram
The Envelope by Archana
The Attic Story by Shilpa Gupte
The reality as a puzzle by Suzana
The False Life of the Parijat by Shalini Baisiwala
The Letters by Sunita Saldhana
Letter from the Past by Vinitha

Thank you for responding to the prompt you all! I love reading the amazing stories shared here. It never fails to inspire me to write.

Fiction Monday

The idea is simple – to write fiction. On Mondays, I will post the prompt here. There will be a word prompt and a picture prompt. You have one week to respond with a story. You can choose to include both the prompts in your story or just one prompt – the choice is yours.

The expected word count is between 50 and 250.

You have time till October 31st Saturday, 2020.

Don’t forget to add the link to your story in the comments below. I will share your creations here along with the prompts for the eighteenth edition on Monday the 2nd of November.

Word Prompt– REMEMBER

Picture Prompt –

blank white paper sheet on wooden table
Photo by Karolina Grabowska on

*If you use the picture prompt, please give proper credit to the picture in your post.

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Fiction Monday

An IT Professional, an author, an accidental blogger, a lover of words and a recent self-care addict. I love stringing words together, which I lovingly call a poem. You can read my affair with words at Void Thoughts( and Reflections..(

12 thoughts on “Fiction Monday – 17

  1. I have tried to write for others but it has never worked. Just like you, I need to write what I want to ; what I feel like. Only then it comes from the heart. Otherwise it is so stilted that I myself don’t like what I write.

  2. I can never write for others. I mostly write for myself, keeping an audience in mind. Lots of times I write to inspire myself than others.
    I write what comes straight from my heart.

    Great going with the prompt, Vinitha.

  3. I have never written for an audience when I’m writing on my blog. The blog is a repository of my thoughts— the way I feel about life and experience it, and if my words resonate with someone else, I find it extremely satisfying. It’s a wonderful feeling, to be honest.
    I’ve been away from blogging for quite a while, but this week I’m jumping right in, with my short fiction. I do hope my readers like it. 🙂

  4. Hello again, Vinitha!
    I started to write for some game on the blog. If I do not like what I wrote, I do not share. Easy!
    And I usually try to find interesting or useful things ( according to my mind) The idea is that if somebody read a blog, uses a few minutes of her/his life. So I want to give something in return! 🙂
    This is my text for your challenge:
    All the best and a fine week!

  5. I write for myself but I know that others are going to read it,too, so I put in more efforts to come up with something good so that readers don’t feel like their time has been wasted. 🙂
    It’s so good to see so many entries for last week, Vini! Way to go! <3

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