Day 7 – Story Challenge

Day 7 – One week in!

Today’s prompt is from Roxane Gay. You can read the whole prompt here .

I started the day with writing, but nothing about this prompt.

One of the stories that came to mind was about a couple who was separated because of the Concentration Camps when they were young and both held a half of a fork. It was a happy ending. I may come back to this idea and put my own spin on it.

The story I wrote has the theme of hope. Or at least I attempted. I kept writing and it kept taking a left turn into the darkness. Today was not a happy day for me and to construct a story of happiness without being cheezy is nearly impossible.

There are threads of hope in my stories, but the conflict comes from deep rooted unhappiness in my stories. I don’t do happy usually. I even tried to pull a tarot card to help me and I pulled the 5 of Swords – a card of conflict and disagreement!

I wrote something, but I don’t like it. Right now I do not even like any of the lines in it! I was looking forward to Roxane’s prompt too because I adore her. I loved her book Hunger, many of her essays, and her masterclass.

I didn’t feel like I wrote enough today so I went with my other prompt, “It’s my signature.” This ended up being poem-like and more about me than I would have liked. I thought about what I am known for now as opposed to years ago. There are some memories in there and some lines I am good with but it feels undone and misaligned.

That is the thing with writing right? You can always go back and revise it later. Maybe they will look different in June light!

Anchors for Day 7 story: hope, list, ideal, bottled emotions

If you would like to read what I reflected on in Day 1 click here.

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3 thoughts on “Day 7 – Story Challenge

  1. Strangely, even I found it hard to write a happy story. Most of my stories usually have a happy-ish ending but they’re laden with sadness and the happiness isn’t your ‘look at me! I’m dancing in the rain!’ kind of happiness. It’s more like breaking free from something abusive or from life. I wrote half of a love story about a married woman for this prompt, but I wouldn’t call it a happy story exactly. It was happy for some time.

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