This week I’m dialing it in. But here’s the cool thing—I’m linking up this post to a post I wrote about fact and fiction and writing. Here’s a quote, then you need to go read:
My first writing workshop went something like this.
“No one would react that way,” said the girl with the pink hair.
The cute guy who wrote great stories spoke up. “It’s not believable.”
The writer was bound to silence during the critique of their work. A few people gave helpful feedback. The rest? Sharks who smelled blood in the water and, in a frenzy of cutting words, tore each piece to bits. Writers left with slumped shoulders, carrying a stack of manuscripts bloodied with red-penned comments.
I worked to locate some kind of poker face. This was more than simply a story. The unbelievable main character was me. Her actions were my actions. In the early days I wrote short stories that were actually my stories, ripped right from life. The critique was about my words, my craft—but it was also about me, my story.
I sat, stone-faced, as my blood clouded the water.
That totally happened. And if you go read the rest of my post, you can get some insight and tips into writing non-fiction without alienating your friends and family. It can be difficult sometimes to know where that line is, and sometimes the truth really IS stranger than fiction.
So this week as you think about writing and life, my (optional) prompt is this: write about a real moment in your life. Whether strange truth or just truth, recent or vintage, tell us a story. Because remember this linkup is all about the idea that there are NO small stories. Life is extraordinary, even in the ordinary.
Share your story and post link below. Visit the others, leave a comment to say you were there and share if you are inspired. Join the Facebook community if you’d like more, um, community, or a new writing community I started on G+ called Blogging Writers. I can’t wait to read your stories!
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