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Fibbing our way to fiction

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Creative writing task 2

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How to write fiction in two easy steps:

construct a great big confection of fibs and use it to get to the truth

elicit common human experience from something that is imagined – largely lies

[Sarah Bower]

So, with the instruction largely “to concretise a lie and turn it into a story” here’s what I came up with. Oh, I should also add that the bones of the narrative were very kindly provided by the Brothers Grimm (The Companionship of the Cat and the Mouse).

Better together in post-Brexit Britain

An Englishman, a Scotsman and an Italian were looking for a flat in London. The rents were so expensive they eventually came to the conclusion that the only way to find a place would be to share. As much as they hated the idea of having to live with an imperialist master, a jock or an itai (delete as appropriate), the three went ahead and signed the rental contract, agreeing that they would each contribute in equal parts to the household bills, would share their food but would also cough up before they scoffed up. Read the rest of this entry