The sky in Lekki Phase 1, Lagos, 6.30 p.m, 7th November 2013! Absolutely amazing!
The sky in Lekki Phase 1, Lagos, 6.30 p.m, 7th November 2013! Absolutely amazing!

Hello people! Anyone out there up for stretching themselves and trying something new?!!! Great! As part of my creative writing course, I was recently introduced to Mini-Saga’s. I found it so interesting to write but also quite challenging because of  the rules for writing one:

A Mini-Saga is a complete short story that is made up of only 50 words- not 51, 50. And a title of 1- 15 words. I loved trying this out because you had to be totally disciplined and trim the fat, I also liked the fact that it forces you to determine what is essential for your story to make complete sense, without more. It is a lot of fun and there are usually Mini-Saga Competitions organised by different groups yearly, with one of the more popular ones being the Daily Telegraph Mini-Saga competition.

So here is my Mini-Saga

Papa loves the bottle but it doesn’t love him back!

Bottles!
Bottles!
Photo courtesy http://www.wallsave.com

Mama had had enough. It fell on us kids to fetch Papa- again! This night like many others before, we would suffer the cruel taunting of the “Madam” who ran the beer  parlour, and the laughter of other patrons as we carried our Papa splayed face-down, from his own vomit.

Ok, that was my attempt. My tutor feedback was “This is a strong story Hajara. We have a strong sense of characters, motivations, and of the difficulty of the situation.” So now its your turn, try your hands at a Mini-Saga, bear in mind that you can use your title to enhance your story but tell it in only 50 words! Write it as a comment to this post, I will pick the best 3 and get people to vote on Facebook for the winning story. Once a winner is announced, I’ll put a link to his/her blog back on Facebook, to help increase traffic to their site- how’s that? So what are you waiting for? Start writing and editing away- even if you are not a “writer” try your hands at this. It will be a lot of fun and you get to engage your imagination in a new way!

Don’t forget to be awesome this weekend and thanks for stopping by!

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