Slice of Life / 22 Fiction or not???

A few things in my life have gone off the rails this month. There is high emotion and little sleep, lots of tension. A topic I don’t want to write about here – at least not yet but an interesting thing has happened because of this life changing mess. My time has been very limited to write, my brain is fried and I am struggling to find words. So I have spent a bit of time looking back. I am trying to honor my commitment to write each day – working to keep a few things normal for now.

I have dug into my writing files on my computer and have started to pull out my download.jpgjournals seeking ideas for writing. I have indeed found ideas but I have also found pieces of writing that I had forgotten about. There is a children’s picture book I wrote and blocked out in pages about a grandma, granddaughter and growing potatoes. Who knew I wrote this little book?  It was kind of cute – just needs some powerhouse art to go with it.

I found poems and short stories. There are starts to many children’s book. I have forgotten about most of it. What an interesting journey to go back and mine your own writing. There is more there than I thought.

It has left me with the feeling that this summer as things begin to settle I will continue this journey through past writings to see what can be developed.  Into what I don’t know but I like the idea of taking the bits and pieces of early work and improving on it or finishing it. Maybe here on the blog would be a place to share some of that fiction. I have never really thought of posting fiction to my blog.

So my question is – (my husband I discussed this the other night)

  • Is a blog the right platform to share fiction?
  • Could you share a story in three or four parts?  Will people follow it?
  • Would that make sense to readers?  (I have always thought of posts as a stand alone piece of writing.)

What do you think?   Fiction for a blog post?




About Joanne Toft

I am a retired Minneapolis Public School teacher. I walk, garden, care for my Grandson and write. Life is good!
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4 Responses to Slice of Life / 22 Fiction or not???

  1. arjeha says:

    I have read posts that were a story in several parts. I found it interesting because I kept forward to the next post to see what was going to happen. A Slice is whatever is on your mind. If it is a story then go for it.

  2. TammyB says:

    I like reading fiction on blogs. As long as the section makes sense I say go for it!

  3. I have been thinking about this a bit, too. For National Poetry Month, I am hosting a 30 day poetry challenge on my blog, and I am thinking about writing a short story in verse. I think your blog can be anything you want or need it to be. It sounds like fiction just might give you that escape/break you need from the “mess.” You can be on the rails in fiction and off the rails in real life. You can control the fiction. So much in real life is just out of our hands.

  4. I think fiction for a blog post is a great idea. I feel like small snippets are less daunting, and the suspense factor would play into it, too. Once the reader is invested in the story, the motivation to follow is compounded. I would look forward to it! Why not try a shorter piece to test the waters????

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