Today I am sharing Thursday and Friday’s writing process reflection.
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The challenge is still going well and I am continually inspired. The fatigue of writing a full story with intention is setting in. It is about this time of the month every May I start to think that I have already come this far I might as well finish!
No one is holding my feet to the fire – it is all internal. Writing is my happy space, always. I love to be immersed within it. I think this is why the idea of an MFA comes up for me. I am in conversation with my friend Nicole from Stop Writing Alone about this very topic. You can check her podcast episode out this week here: https://www.instagram.com/stopwritingalone/
Day 21 Prompt
Write about the boy you see on either side of the reflection.
C. McKane is the author of this prompt.
I combined this prompt with the Sarah Selecky prompt of writing from the POV of darkness so the first part of the story is from the POV of the little boy and the next part is from the shadow’s perspective. The boy wants to get rid of the shadow and feels that the shadow teases him and plays games keeping quiet when he thinks he is gone and then appears again. He tries several approaches to rid himself of the shadow.
He takes some desperate measures in order to get rid of a part of himself.
Anchors: shadow, book, blackened forest, silence
Day 20 PROMPT
Food can trigger visceral memories and strong emotions. Think of your favorite thing to eat and also your least favorite. Today, write a story inspired by food. Maybe your character is at a grocery store, or maybe they’re cooking at home with the kids. Maybe they’ve come across a fruit stand on the side of the road. The item you choose can be of central importance to the story or not. Anything goes!
Windy Lynn Harris is the author of this prompt.
Windy Lynn Harris is the author of Writing & Selling Short Stories & Personal Essays: The Essential Guide to Getting Your Work Published (Writer’s Digest Books). She’s a prolific writer, a trusted mentor, and a frequent speaker at literary events. Her long list of short stories and personal essays have been published in literary, trade, and women’s magazines across the U.S. and Canada in places like The Literary Review, The Sunlight Press, and Literary Mama, among many other journals.
If you do not have her book you need to order it. It is amazing and was a huge part of me learning HOW to publish. Her podcast on Storyaday that deals with flash fiction is amazing and highly recommended.
I had trouble with the initial idea for this prompt today. I have written about food several times over the last 19 days. I thumbed through some newer cookbooks that have come onto my radar. Then I used phrases from poems to start new sentences that cobbled together to make an interesting and unusual story.
Day 20 anchors: toast, soft boiled eggs, vinegar