First Twist

What fiction means to me? I can sort of say I know and I don’t. I know that it means a way of expressing myself and the many voices inside of me that otherwise would remain stifled or deformed for the rest of my life. It means a chance to say what I might not have yet gained the courage to try in real life, or the way I wish something would turn out so heartache wouldn’t be inevitable.

Too many people see it as just writing a story. My own opinion is that it’s much more. Maybe more than what we think it is. I know it creates worlds where others can live temporarily when their life is spiraling out of control or their brilliant thoughts have gone awry.

Maybe it’s easier to understand when you have something to compare it to. The following is the excerpt from the depths of my mind concerning a fictional character I’ve yet to quite define.

Blog Entry: Unnamed.
Great. I don’t even know if I’m spelling this right. What am I supposed to write about? I totally hate this whole thing. I don’t want to go around telling people about myself and what I do and what I write, is really, none of their business. Wonderful, my English teacher would have a field day with all this horrible grammar. I can’t say that I would complain. Though it would be so easy, I can’t see myself as a whiner. They say if you can’t see yourself as something, chances are you aren’t and can never be. I wonder if that’s like the writer/artist thing. You know, they say if you write you can’t draw, but isn’t writing just like drawing except with words and all of your imagination? There isn’t really a write or a rong. Or is there? Nah, don’t answer that. I really don’t need more answers today. It’s been that kind of a whacked out week. My fave sentence as I practially own it-I can’t say that I really care. Too many crazy things have happened for me to just ignore the way this has all been climbing. Feels like a cliff, or that story thing where there’s the little eagles or something and they go up to the edge and they’re looking over and the edge and thinking how far down it is. (I think) and then the big eagle (a teacher, no doubt or some crazy flight instructor-wierd) comes up to them and tells them to go right to the very edge and they say that they’re afraid. It tells them to go anyway and when they do, It pushes them right off the edge and they fly. That’s a fairly accurate description of my life right now. Except for I’ve been falling a long time and I think someone clipped my wings before they threw me over the edge. Heh. Care to share a laugh? Nevermind. I gotta go.

Signed-whatver.

That’s about all I have for this piece. It’s floating around in my head and I see the writer as a girl-sort of. I’m not really sure. I’d love an opinion or suggestion on this piece.

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  1. Hello at last, J.H. ^_^

    I have been meaning to answer your comment (and now comments!) since it popped up in February. My apologies for the long wait.

    Ah, the flash fiction bits are part of the 1000 dares challenge I took a few years back, the idea to do one thing a 1000 times, I took the challenge that I'd write a 1000 stories. For the flash fiction bits, I'm collecting them in a binder with longer synopsis, notes, etc. I plan to use them as springboard for longer pieces and in the mean time, it makes some room in my head, and I'm actively writing at least one piece a day. I decided to publish them on my blog after some of my writer friends mentioned that everything I wrote was so long, they never had the time to spare to read any of it. Hmm.

    Thank you for the congrats–I am hoping my foray into the ebook world is a good venture. I really want to have something worth reading out there for folks who are looking for interesting, clean fiction, both inspirational or with a fantasy twist.

    Hm, yes, this was definitely a SOC piece written directly in the posting window and probably with a timer or from a prompt somewhere.

    I honestly had to think back on this piece to remember where/why, I'd certainly never considered making it into an article, but I can see what you mean, it certainly has potential and I know I could definitely rewrite it as an article-worthy piece. Thank you for pointing that out!

    I've never heard that quote by Charles D. before–thank you, it certainly is inspiring in a "haunting" way. ^_^

    And an excellent answer from your own POV–kudos. Those are words to remember. God has definitely inspired the ideas He gives and that is something to keep in mind as we write. I hope you are keeping up with your writing (even if you aren't posting it anywhere) and I hope your summer has started out well. (Mine is yet again, another krazy bundle of chaos, but I should be used to that by now…). ^_^

    ~Sara

  2. __What. Fiction. Means. To me. Hello Sara. I’m takin’ it way back today! I thought having a look at your beginnings here might inspire me, plus, I’m having such a hard time getting into your “flash fiction” snippets. Did a need to study more bring this about? At any rate, it does not change my opinion of you as a reliable writer. Congratulations on your e-book upload this week, “Kimira’s Eyes”. At some point I’m going to read it and the ‘Trial’ trilogy, promise.

    = You want opinions, I’ll give you my opinion. This piece lacks focus…. But that’s ok. You have achieved a stream of consciousness blogging by an unnamed adolescent girl that changes subjects three times. This might as well be autobiographical because she sounds just like you, Sara. Sarcastic wit, self-aware, crazy busy, and a rambler, though you are much, much, much, MUCH better with paragraphs!

    ? I suggest you turn this piece into a 500 word personal article about fiction, why not? Honestly, the blog itself did not interest me as much as the thoughts that came before it: Yours. “I know that it means a way of expressing myself and the many voices inside of me that otherwise would remain stifled or deformed for the rest of my life.” Well said. It’s something I’ll add to my own thinking, especially when I’m wanting to express myself in a more down-to-earth way. I know it feels like you shouldn’t, but you can edit your posts, even if they are 5 years old. And if you do edit, you might post it to one of your alternate blogs.

    __I’ve come across several answers to the abstract, yet concrete question you’ve posed here, and I feel like I should share some of them with you to add to your thinking.

    [Fiction is] “To raise the ghost of an idea and to send it forth to pleasantly haunt this generation and those to come.” –Charles Dickens

    “Is there any more effective way to influence ideas and emotions across time…to instruct and exhort others in my perception of truth, and at the same time not preach at them, than to tell a good story? I know not one.” –Kevin Wells

    “My biggest influence is the Kingdom of God. If we’re going to be there forever, then so should my fictional characters. God inspired the ideas, right? He inspired me and you. We were His plots before we were His characters. Shaking the hand of a Godly character I created from a previous existence sounds like a childhood dream, but the Kingdom of God is made up of child-like faith.” –Joshua Hunter (J.H.)

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