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This month’s writing theme is inspired by the super-popular J.K.Rowling. Get started with the writing cue: The 5 best entries get published here.
What you need to do:
Step 1. Read the writing cue and get inspired.
Step 2. Write your own story/narrative based on the cue. You could use it as the opening line, the closing sentence, or somewhere in between! You could choose not to use it anywhere in your story too – just write a story using the cue as a prompt. (And ‘story’ can be fictional – or not – as you wish).
Step 3. Send your story to us
Send in your story to firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘Muse of the month – February’ 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.
Please send in your stories by February 21st 2014. The 5 best stories will be published on Women’s Web the following week, i.e. Feb 24th onwards.
– The material should be previously unpublished elsewhere. (Copyright stays with you and you’re free to subsequently publish it elsewhere).
– Keep it between 250 and 800 words.
The 5 best entries will each win a Flipkart voucher worth Rs. 250.
J.K.Rowling, the creator of the Harry Potter series is one author who needs no introduction. So, we’re not going to give you one! Instead, we’ll just say that we admire hugely her creativity, her consistency in developing the Harry Potter universe over the seven novels, her generosity (she is a big supporter of many charities), and her outspokenness on many important issues. She is truly a multi-faceted woman, besides being a highly successful author.
And now for the writing cue!
““Things we lose have a way of coming back to us in the end, if not always in the way we expect.”
– from Harry Potter and The Order of The Phoenix, J.K.Rowling
Get started with that as your inspiration, and do send in your entry before Feb 21st!
Here are the published entries, each taking inspiration from the cue.
Lose a friend, or not: Sonali gives us an amusing tale of friendship lost and found.
The blue still sparkles: Anwesha tells a tale of finding the things we need, even when we can’t see them.
The lost soul: Priyanka says not knowing can compound a loss; can knowledge help us regain something of what we lost?
Serendipity: Ever lost something that may be trivial, but means a lot more to you? Sandhya has one such lost-and-found story.
New city, new life: Sometimes, the things we lose hide in plain sight, waiting for us to find them!
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