NYT: What books are you embarrassed not to have read yet?
TEJU COLE: I have not read most of the big 19th — century novels that people consider “essential,” nor most of the 20th-century ones for that matter. But this does not embarrass me. There are many films to see, many friends to visit, many walks to take, many playlists to assemble and many favorite books to reread. Life’s too short for anxious score-keeping. Also, my grandmother is illiterate, and she’s one of the best people I know. Reading is a deep personal consolation for me, but other things console, too.”
Flash Fiction Prompt: Little Lives
Write a story from the perspective of an insect or small animal. Try not to have them interact with other insects or animals, take them on a journey. Give the character an adventure.
• What things might they notice that a human wouldn’t?
• What are their goals?
• Do they have human motives or simpler animal ones?
• What different ways can they interact with their surroundings?
• Where are they going or what are they doing? Why?
Try to focus on the smallest details you can imagine in their world.