Muse Of The Month May 2014: Inspiration From Virginia Woolf

In May's writing theme, we feature the iconic, ever inspiring writer Virginia Woolf as our muse of the month. The 5 best entries get published here.

In May, we feature the iconic, ever inspiring writer Virginia Woolf as our muse of the month. Get started with the writing cue: The 5 best entries get published here.

Each month, we ask our readers to get inspired by an iconic woman writer and get their own thinking caps on. The idea is to explore the works of these writers, and get some good writing done yourself!

What you need to do

muse-of-the-month-may-2014Step 1. Read the writing cue (scroll down below) and get inspired.

Step 2. Write your own story/narrative/piece based on the cue. You could use it as the opening line, the closing sentence, or somewhere in between! You could even choose not to use it anywhere in your story – just write a story using the cue as a prompt. (And ‘story’ can be fictional – or not – as you wish).

Step 3. Send your work to us. Please email it to [email protected] with ‘Muse of the month – May’ in the subject line, and your story as a word/txt attachment. Please avoid typing the story as inline text. Do include the name we should use if we publish it, and a brief introduction to yourself (2-3 lines) in the mail.

Given the number of entries received, we won’t be able to respond to each, but every single entry is being read through very carefully and is much appreciated.


Please send in your stories by May 26th 2014, Monday, 5 p.m IST. The 5 best stories will be published on Women’s Web the next day, i.e. May 27th onwards.


  • The material should be previously unpublished elsewhere. (Copyright stays with you and you’re free to subsequently publish it elsewhere).

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  • Keep it between 250 and 800 words. (Please keep this in mind; in past editions, we have had to disqualify some good entries purely due to word count issues).


The 5 best entries will each win a Flipkart voucher worth Rs. 250.

Muse of the month (May 2014)

Virginia Woolf is an iconic writer known not only for her highly imaginative novels such as To The Lighthouse and Mrs. Dalloway where she pushed the boundaries of narrative styles, but for her path-breaking essay, A Room Of One’s Own. Considered a clarion call for the inclusion of women’s voices in the literary canon, as well as a personal exposition of the challenges women of the time faced as writers and artists, it is a strong, direct voice that resonates with readers everywhere even today, decades after it was written.

Cue for May 2014

“What does the brain matter compared with the heart?” 

This is writing cue for May, from Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway. Get started, and don’t forget to send in your work before May 26th, 5 p.m.



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