Fiction writing is intimidating. Perhaps I have spent too long pouring over reality and obsessing about truth to let imagination be my guide. But as a copywriter and scriptwriter it is important to have fun with language. We should take any opportunity to experiment and provoke new thoughts and feelings in our readers. And why feel anxious? Break it down and a story is words, sentences and paragraphs. Those are the tools of our trade.
So it was a pleasure to contribute to Ellen Crane’s marvellous Seed project on Instagram. It’s a simple concept: she assigns one image to three writers at a time and asks them to tell a story in 100 words or less. Each caption is a unique interpretation – suggestive yet revealing. If done well, it should trigger a what-happens-next wonder. I hope mine does that for you.
Want to have a go? Then email Ellen.
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Night came as we lay there, skin on skin, cocooned from reality in the valley. Our hearts beating for life beside one another. It felt like a tender caress. My caress. The kind that suspended time. It felt like the first time. But it wasn’t. My body could have been any-body. After little Naima passed, lust became a figment of all that I yearned for in D. Where did he go in those moments and to who? Or was it I that had transported myself, to my darkest fantasy. I had to know... The next day, I made the call. Seed by @amarofpatel. Image by @nangoldinstudio.