Hello writers! Welcome to the forty-third edition of Fiction Monday.
Things are going from a worse to worst to a ‘worstest’ state in India. Many people I know are sick this time. It’s worrying to hear all this news and keep wondering what’s going to happen next.
I am not going to get into the blame games, that’s been happening at this time when people should be working together compassionately. I understand that denial is one of the stages of grief; but outright denial of the state your country is in, can only be seen as an act of dismissal, not any stage of grief.
Another term I am coming across these days on social media is ‘toxic positivity’. I feel that people just want to point fingers at others for everything. While I understand that staying positive in the current situation is extremely difficult, spreading negativity is worse. Also, each one of us deals with our problems differently. For some people, these positivity-filled messages help them. For some, such messages feel absurd. I feel both on different days. But what’s the point in writing negatively about positive messages? Of course, I agree positivity can’t be forced. When you are in pain, let those tears flow. I felt low last week and wrote about it on my blog. It helped me. Find what works for you, but try not to spread negativity. I like to believe that things will get better. But not if we are blaming each other or refuse to follow the safe practices. Not if we are rushing to go out and about and attend functions.
I am keeping the spark of hope that things will get better.
Stories From The Forty-second Edition
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 500. From the nineteenth edition onwards I am offering something different for fiction Monday. You are also welcome to write your poetry and non-fiction reflections along with fictional pieces if it is your preferred area. The whole idea is to write. But we will continue to call this #FictionMonday because why not!
You have time till May 1st Saturday, 2021.
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 forty-fourth edition on Monday the 3rd of May.
Word Prompt– SERENE
Picture Prompt –
*If you use the picture prompt, please give proper credit to the picture in your post.