Elements of Fiction (E of F) was one of two modules during the first term (Autumn 2016). E of F involved attending an hours lecture every Wednesday followed by a two hour seminar group. We were tasked with reading two set novels each week within a specific genre, that we would then discuss in group – similar to a book club. Along with the reading, we were also set the task of producing a short piece of creative writing each week, that we would gain feedback on after discussing the novels.
Prior to our first seminar we were asked to read The Girls by Emma Cline, and The Mare by Mary Gaitskill. The Girls is told with flashbacks and The Mare is written from the perspectives of multiple characters. This led to our first assignment: write 1200 words on an open topic voiced by two or more characters who are connected to each other within the story.
I wrote something within the roman-à-clef genre. This is where a story is based on real people or events but with slight alterations and a change of name or location. If you love your cat as much as I loved my Rufus, grab the Kleenex.
I wonder where the cat is. He’s usually shown his face by now. Did I see him this morning? Yeah, I’m sure I did. Wait. What day is it? It’s Friday. So was it today I gave him his eye drops or was that yesterday? I don’t know. It all seems to blur into one.
I hear the familiar sound of Mark’s car coming down the road. We live at the bottom of a hill in a cul-de-sac. It’s a strange set-up but not unusual for the area. Our kitchen window looks out onto the road and sure enough there he is, swinging the car into the driveway. I always worry that he’ll hit Rufus if he doesn’t pay more attention. But Rufus is still nowhere to be seen.
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