E of F week eight: A Dreamer’s Life

Our fifth assignment was given during global fiction week. We were tasked with reading The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Dâiaz and The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga.

Writing global fiction wasn’t a practical option given our word count and limited resources, so that week we were tasked with producing a short story with a time lapse. I wrote a slightly dark piece about neglected children told from the angle of one of the characters, flash back/forward style.

We skipped assignments in week six and seven as we had mock submissions and tutorials. But we picked the short stories back up again with science fiction in week eight.

Our assignment was to write something with an element of science fiction and to ask ourselves – ‘what if?’

This led me to conceptualise a world where people are able to record and watch their dreams, spawning the short story: A Dreamer’s Life. I spent more time on this piece than any other, researching facts and carefully crafting details.

It was quite a hit with the group so when it came to our penultimate module, Planning a Novel, I utilised A Dreamer’s Life to plan an ambitious and mysterious, sci-fi/thriller, Hopewell Shadows (more on that to follow). So am super thankful to my first-term self for pulling that one out the bag!

A Dreamer’s Life (PDF) is another short story that has been through a few drafts, as I submitted it as part of my portfolio for the E of F hand-in. It went from 1,900 words to 3,200 and has since had a slight edit down to 3,000. Hope you like it!


Author: Rachel

Content Exec by day, TV show addict by night. Fighting #LymeDisease 24/7. Brunel MA Grad Creative Writing: The Novel

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