Welcome to the ninth edition of Fiction Monday.
“Write what disturbs you, what you fear, what you have not been willing to speak about. Be willing to be split open.” — Natalie Goldberg
One of the mistakes I make is this – withholding from opening up. I fear that when I let the protagonist’s thoughts flow in, it might be mistaken as my thoughts and experiences. I know, a writer should break away from such chains if he/she wants to be a writer in its truest sense. I’m trying through these flash pieces to shed my inhibitions. I would love to know if you have any such barriers when you write. Please share with me in the comments.
Stories From The Eighth Edition
Grocery shopping during a pandemic by Aseem Rastogi
Russo by Shilpa Gupte
First Steps by Archana
Aai by Archana
Hopeful Tomorrow by Vinitha
Please do give these stories a read. These are some beautiful slices of story telling in just a few words. It might inspire you to write a tale or two for this week’s prompt.
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 September 5th 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 ninth edition on Monday the 7th.
Word Prompt– MIRROR
Picture Prompt –
*If you use the picture prompt, please give proper credit to the picture in your post.
Waiting to read your responses. ?
9 thoughts on “Fiction Monday – 9”
Well done Vinitha. An interesting and therapeutic way to help people battle the fears within and break free 🙂
That’s such a pertinent point — writing about things, people, ideas we’re not comfortable about. You totally spoke for me when you said there’s a fear that the protagonists thoughts will be mistaken for mine. But it’s so important to step away from that.
When I began writing, way back in 2013, I started sharing my innermost feelings on the public platform of my blog. I did fear that people who read it would come to know some of my deepest darkest thoughts and I would be “exposed”! However, therein lay freedom for me! I felt that as we are all humans, with our imperfections, our weird way of thinking and looking at life, what was there to hide our true feelings? No one here is perfect!
Writing fiction helps me bring out those feelings that lie hidden within me, as well as those things about people from my life that I wish to bring out, but in disguise, lest I offend some senior members of my family! ;P
It does feel good to share the flaws, the eccentricities of people and share some reality through fiction as well as non-fiction. Nowadays, I care less about what people could think about my words. As long as I enjoy writing it freely, I don’t care what others think about me as a person. I hope you get what I mean! ;P
My entry – http://transitionofthoughts.com/2020/09/01/hikes/
Here’s my entry – https://writerlady.home.blog/2020/09/01/mind-games/
I feel that I share my feelings openly on the blog. I am okay if someone wants to judge me as long as they tell me to the face . I find writing really liberating and a good way to connect with like minded people .
My blog is me all the way and its one place where no one can dictate anything to me. I am willing to share as much as I can bear to discuss with perfect strangers. Will try to attempt this prompt if I am able to by tomorrow Vini – its very tempting!
I hear you, Shalini!
Do try and write your story. I haven’t written mine yet. Hoping to write something today. ?
Here you go… https://yenforblue.com/2020/09/05/mirror-mirror-on-the-wall/