Since embarking on my creative writing journey, I have read a lot. There is so much good writing out there. In the past couple of weeks I stumbled on three stories that really moved me. All penned by women, one of whom, Joi Maria, was in a Writespace workshop with me this week.
This short piece grabbed me by the throat from the first line and wouldn’t let me go. I don’t think I breathed the entire read. Still under its spell, I literally forgot to eat breakfast. It is strong. (And I will do you the favor of telling you, up front, it’s fiction.) Mesmerizing.
WordPress Discover followers may have seen this. It’s a story penned by Ra, a “once-upon-a-time inmate, a reluctantly-optimistic widow, an accidental storyteller, and also basically a dinosaur.” I’ll leave it at that. Wow.
Longreads featured this story by Adele Oliveira, an award-winning freelance writer and editor, about giving birth to her daughter Violet three months early. Her story is heart-wrenching, her writing flawless.