Celebrating East African Writing!
“The main rule of writing is that if you do it with enough assurance and confidence, you’re allowed to do whatever you like. (That may be a rule for life as well as for writing. But it’s definitely true for writing.) So write your story as it needs to be written. Write it honestly, and tell it as best you can. I’m not sure that there are any other rules. Not ones that matter.” — Neil Gaiman
Here is the Editor’s Choice for the 30 Years Ago Writing Challenge.
Mother’s Love: Thirty years ago today, I scooped the Mother of the Year Award for Dereliction of Motherhood duties. I defended the title for fifteen good years. I had swung from depression to exhilaration, and when I couldn’t sleep, I was slovenly wide-eyed, and agitated. I reached the breaking point. That’s when the plan formed in my head, the plan to hurt my baby… Read Here
We also thought it would be appropriate to acknowledge 2 more stories by writers debuting their work on the Storymoja Writers’ Blog. [Stories are published as submitted.]
Paper Planes by Charity Moraa: In my teenage years, whenever I visited any of my married relatives I popped the question,” How did you two meet?” I think I needed answers and proof to back up the whole cupid,fate,destiny and serendipity theories. I lived in this fantasy bubble believing that there is somebody out there for everyone. Finally, I grew up and realized maybe that’s not true. Read Here
City Girl: The bus stopped again, more passengers alighted. They brushed her shoulder as they exited. Lucy felt irritated. The bus started again, more dust and exhaust fumes entered. She felt choked. Gladly, her neighbor had alighted and her irritants were less with sweat and cheap perfume. She finally saw her home town, it was her time to alight and breathe fresh air. The town looked uglier… Read Here
Enjoy the reading and please be sure to drop a few comments on the stories. This month, we will be awarding 2 tickets to the Storymoja Festival to random winners chosen from the people who comment on the 3 stories above. Please be sure to leave your right email so we can contact you if you win.
The Storymoja Festival will be on 16th to 20th September at the Nairobi Arboretum. Tickets are already available online at ticketsasa.com