This writing is for the Flash Fiction challenge from The Secret Keeper blog. You can see the details of the challenge HERE. The five words that had to be included in the writing are | COMFORT | HEAD | SPACE | MELT | WICKED |
Faith Versus the Facts
A decision had to be made as to whether to accept his words as the truth, or to confront him with the facts. She had always taken comfort in his honesty and openness with her.
She gazed into his eyes as he talked, but in her head she was playing out the events of the last few hours before she met him at the restaurant. As he reached over and touched her hand, she remembered how this used to make her heart melt.
The evidence said that he was lying to her right now. The female voice on the phone….the airline tickets….
She knew if she accepted what the facts pointed to that she would also have to question all of the other times he told her he was going away on business.
If he were lying to her now, while looking into her eyes, then it would mean that he was not the person he portrayed to her. It would mean he had a more sinister and wicked nature than she had ever considered.
If she were to accept the facts, then she would be forced to re-write her entire reality, for entire time they had been together.
There was no space in between his words, as his continuous talking continued. It was almost as if he was doing this intentionally. So she took another sip of her wine to dull her senses. Then, rather than going over the facts as they were, she began to mentally re-write them and the meaning behind them.
It was less painful to re-frame the facts to fit what she wanted to believe, than to have to change her belief to fit the facts.
1. Learn something new by googling a topic you are interested in or statr with Wikipedia.
2. See where this leads you. I sometimes read a Wikipedia post on one topic and become introduced to a new phrase, inventor, author, or concept during the post.
3. Check out the highlighted words and phrases in the post you are reading. They can lead you to more highlighted words and phrases. (I have come up really cool new ideas for what to write about by doing this. )
4.Watch a youtube video about the most interesting idea you have found…or start with YouTube for researching topics to begin with.
5. See if anyone else has posted about this topic and form your own opinions, choose a side, expand by adding a new perspective or write a poem or short story about it.
6. Let the things you learn about inspire new ideas. Draw from your personal experience and your imagination.
7. You can use things you learn to write a researched post, an editorial style post, a self help post or a fictional story.
8. Try a new writing genre once in a while. You may be pleasantly surprised that you can write outside of your usual nitch.
9. We tend to go with what is familiar. But it can become uninspiring. Let your brain be creative because the challenge will get tbe dopamine flowing.
10. Think outside the box. Just because no one has ever thought of something in quite the same way does not mean you cannot write it.
11. Think of the reader. What is the goal of the reader? Why do they read your blog? What else would they like you to give them?
12. Be authentic and write from tbe heart. You may think that no one is interested in your feelings, perspectives ad ideas but then again…you might be pleasantly surprised.
13. Blog about a question you have or something you are searching for answers about. Pose the qiestion to the readers. Tell them what this question means to you and why it is important to you.
14. Get ideas from the comments other bloggers leave you. Reading and replying to comments is a great way to find out what your readers are interested in and more importantly …why they are interested and what things mean to them.
15. Try a new medium or craft like photography, drawing, zen tangles. Post a picture of what you did and tell the readers you are learning this and why. Tell them why it is important to you to learn something new, why you chose this particular thing, etc.
16. Blogging is all about the individual perspective and what things mean to you. Even fiction writing has to do with the uniqie view of the person and the meaning of ideas to them.
17. Write something short. I have seen bloggers write one or two sentences that were thought provoking. Leave it up to tbe reader to add their personal meaning and fill in their own mental pictures.
18. Sometimes less is more. Do not feel obligated to write 600 words. People read books when they have more time and blog posts when tbey are short for time…or short on attention ability due to the stress of life.
19. Give people something to ponder. Give people something to work with in tbeir brains to get tbose creative juices flowing. You do not have to always ecplain things to death.
20. Try creating a meme with image chef. You only have to write one or two inspirational or thought provoking lines.