John Marsden Writing Topic #581

Write a monologue where someone starts off lying but gradually becomes honest.**

This short story was partially written by the Australian Writers’ Centre. The first part was written by them for the First Friday Fix – November 2022 writing challenge, with that particular challenge focusing on writing the ending of a story. The black, bolded part is the ending I’ve written.



What a day. I take off my jacket and set it on the edge of the chair. Ice. Glass. Bottle. Ahhhhh. No one must ever know that this is what it’s like behind the scenes. Everyone must know that I’m a perfect, put-together, got-it-all-figured-out person that everyone comes to for advice and sees as an inspiration and aspiration. No one must know that I’m not perfect, I only look put-together because I don’t sleep, and I look like I’ve got-it-all-figured-out because I only post my wins, not my losses on my social media accounts. No one must know that my advice is generic and recycled from websites, and that I worked hard to make myself look like an inspiration and aspiration but I’m actually not one. I need this drink to end the day, I need this drink to get me through life, through my life.

**Reference: Marsden J 1998, Everything I Know About Writing, Pan Macmillan, Australia.

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