Another monthly challenge is complete. Though unlike the blogathon in January, it was harder, but nevertheless complete.
Since I had a theme of Fiction Fragments, I tried not to write personal stuff and instead churn up more stories. If not a proper short story, I wanted to write some form of fiction infused with the personal thoughts which came across my mind. Of the 26 posts I had to do in April, the last week towards the end, I couldn’t come up with any story and rather had to rely on the “Thought Bubble” to speak for me. Though the theme was not mandatory for the challenge, I also cheated many times. There were days when I even had to back-date the posts.
Since there was an active Facebook group going, I had the chance to gain many blogger friends,by just interacting back or leaving comments on their blogs or sharing the posts, but I still couldn’t break out of my shell to do so. I have never been inclined to post comments for the sake of it, or to say the formal words “nice post”, “nicely written” etc. I was more interested in short fiction this month, to inspire my creative mind, and hence kept visiting blogs of Shailaja, Shipaa Garg, Leo, Ishithaa, Sreeja Praveen and Nabanita though I rarely had anything to say for commenting. Srilakshmi, Shailaja, Tulika, Suzy, Carol Graham, Aditi and Rajlakshmi kept commenting for support this month and I did enjoy their marriage advices and the jigsaw puzzles.
And it was due to this challenge which ruffled up the sparks in me to write “Anamika“, that I got published in Writer’s Ezine magazine. Though I have loved creating stories for the challenge, I realized the genes are not fully developed for writing. But since I got so many appreciation for the few fiction I wrote, my aim would be to improve the writing skills further. So back to more writing prompts from Write Tribe and Lillie McFerrin for inspirations…