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#CornerstoneAtHome Writers' Club: Your pieces from week two

Posted on 30 Apr 2020

This is our second week of #CornerstoneAtHome Writers Club, a series of quick writing prompts to inspire you at home. We're delighted to be able to share a few of your brilliant responses: 

Prompt 1

In 2017 this short story by Kristen Roupenian about dating went viral. Today's Writers' Club challenge is to write your own short story about dating.
(N.B this story has adult content)

Your Response

Dating Theatricales

Boris Johnson put the UK under lockdown, banning all non-essential
travel and telling people to stay at home unless they meet one of a
few criteria.
These include shopping for food or medication, travelling to work as a
key worker or your once-daily form of exercise.

In America they are having weddings on zoooooooms,
Here couples having ‘Not’ wedding days as we are looooons.
Our relationships will be hugely important for getting us through this
‘unprecedented time’,
But self-isolation, social distancing and concerns about issues like
finances may also push us to whine,
Assumptions breed resentments as they lay down false expectation,
Heightened anxiety may create strong negative emotional reactions;
anger or frustration.
If you’re struggling with your anxiety and how you respond, tell your
loved ones is best,
Of course this doesn’t justify being cruel but helps ease the
possibility of reacting in a way that you might regret and add to
If you are frustrated or stressed then try to use ‘I’ statements to
communicate how you are feeling.
I feel’ is very different to ‘When you x, I x’ or ‘You make me feel’,
so you are not bouncing off the ceiling,
Rows are quite likely in these circumstances - how you deal with them
that counts.
If you tend to argue or bicker then accept that you may transfer doubts.
You may want to know as much as possible about the situation,
Whereas your partner may prefer to take each day and less information,
Working from home or not at all,
Can add to theatricales.

By EJ Bates


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