Drinks all around!
There are two types of people in this world: those who hate weddings and those who love them. I have set up my tent firmly in the latter category, and doubt I will ever roam far from there. As a hopeless romantic, a wedding indulges in my favorite fantasy: that lovers feel so strongly that they are able to do something as totally irrational as commit a lifetime to one another. I inevitably tear up at some point while the two stare into each other’s eyes as if they are the only ones in the universe.
Plus, a free meal and cake never sent me scurrying away.
What I really love about weddings, though, is imagining the story that led up to this moment. How did the couple meet? Was it love at first sight, a slow burn, or a friendship that unexpectedly kindled? What hardships have they faced? What led them to believe this is the one? What untold future is in store for them? We are natural storytellers, and a wedding involves the culmination of a plot–perhaps a tired one, but forward motion is still more interesting than standing still. I sit during the ceremony telling myself potential stories for the couple, and carry them with me as I leave.
Look for the stories, wherever you are. They are there waiting for us.
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Where is your heart?
The optional prompt above can serve as inspiration for your fiction or poetry. Use the question word for word in your story or poem, or just answer it. You may mention the Grinch if you feel like you need to. Already have a different story thought up? No problem! Use the prompt only if you need it.
New inspiration for you
Introducing Prompt Up!
Prompt Up is our new optional weekly writing prompt for the fiction|poetry challenge! Here’s how it works: we choose a sentence prompt from last week’s winning nonfiction post and announce it in the kick-off. It’s your job to use that prompt as the first sentence in your poem or story and then run with it. The prompt is just a springboard, though: feel free to keep it as your first sentence, move it somewhere else, change it, or yank it out completely.
Last week’s nonfiction winner was Meg with her post Emptying the Cabinet of Angst, a reverie on the parts of our past we choose to keep with us. This week’s Prompt Up taken from that essay is: Their hold on me had long since loosened.
Focus on Fiction + Poetry Slam
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Yeah write #239 fiction|poetry writing challenge is open for submissions!
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