Sunday, February 7, 2016

Stranger

WinterMoon

“I’m sorry,” said the stranger before hanging up.

She was perplexed. Probably a wrong number, but still… a bit creepy.
When she turned off the light, she didn't notice the slight creaking of the entrance door and a shadow walking towards her bed. Drowsy, she only felt a slight sting on her neck.

No one ever saw her again.
The only thing they found was a card on her nightstand saying “Gone”.

She would come back, years later. She too would call someone to say “I’m sorry”. That was the price to be free. And she had to pay it.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Camera

Franceportnawak


Lillie was bored. Work, home, the occasional walk at the beach. It was during one of these walks that she spotted the camera. She looked around. The beach was practically deserted. A few surfers challenged the waves. She grabbed the camera and wiped the sand away. Then, she clicked the power button. And there it was, someone else’s life. The family get-together. A birthday and a wedding. The pregnant girlfriend and the beach, this beach. Suddenly, Lillie’s life wasn’t boring any more. She had to find these people. Yes, and in the meantime, she’d be the keeper of their past.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Thoughts

Roche

How much does a thought weigh? Is it as light as a flowing feather? Or as heavy as a broken heart? Is it as light as your deepest love or as heavy as your worst fear? And how much does the future weigh? More than the past? Less than the present? How much does a thought weigh when you’re afraid? Does it make you stare at the sky or does it make you sink in the ground? Is it as heavy as a string of tears or as light as a row of beads? How much does a thought weigh?

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Loose Ends



1. Take control of your writing – You’re the boss. It’s interesting to hear about other writers’ experiences, to learn from them, but each one of us has his/her own path to tread. Listen to advice, but make your own decisions.

2. Read – as much as you can. Read all types of texts too. The more you read, the richer your writing will be.

3. Educate others – to respect your writing time. When you establish a writing routine and a writing schedule, your family, friends, neighbors will understand that you are not to be interrupted, unless there’s a life-threatening situation.

4. When asked, – give your opinion about the writing of your peers. Consider the difference between giving an opinion about the story and giving an opinion about the writing of the story.

5. Finally, - thank the host of the writing session. It’ll encourage him/her to continue to provide an event that gathers fellow writers, motivates them to share and, above all, to write.


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Friday, January 22, 2016

When You Just Don’t Feel Like It




1. I Have No Idea – what to write about today… Sometimes we draw a blank. We haven’t slept well, we are concerned, we can’t seem to be able to focus. Set you work in progress aside for a day or two and WRITE WHAT COMES TO YOUR MIND. Don’t think too much about what you’re writing. Just write as if you were talking to your best friend. This will reduce your stress level and still give you a sense of achievement at the end of the writing session.

2. Having To Write, – there’s something I hate. Anything that resembles an obligation is a perfectly acceptable reason to seek refuge in procrastination. Resist the temptation. WRITE ONE SENTENCE. It doesn’t really matter about what or even if it’s a well structured, inspired sentence. Just write.

3. I Write Too Slowly - compared to others… Peer-pressure, even if unspoken, is also a tempting reason to seek refuge in procrastination. Does it really matter how quickly you write? Some writing sessions have a word target to reach, but this is only a way to encourage them to write more than they would if left to their own decisions. If you think you write too slowly, compared to your peers, set YOUR OWN WORD GOAL.

4. I Don’t Like The Prompt – and it doesn’t fit my story at all. A prompt is a challenge. It suggests ideas. It gives you options. If the prompt doesn’t work for story you’re writing at the moment, CREATE YOUR OWN LIST OF PROMPTS. You can resort to your list whenever you think the prompt suggested by the host of the write-in won’t help.

5. I Don’t Like Rules – and the write-in I attend has several. But you still would like to attend and that is good. Having a given length of time to write, a specific prompt and a minimum number of words you should aim to write could be viewed as constraints, as pesky rules. Yet, their aim is to help you push yourself beyond your comfort zone. In the end, you’re in control. If you don’t like any of the rules, SET YOUR OWN RULES.

What’s really important is to WRITE.
And writing alongside people from all over the world is an amazing experience.