Fiction or Non-Fiction?

Blogher Writing Lab

August Theme: TALES

Monday, August 15, 2016
Which do you like better: Fiction or non-fiction?

I prefer fiction. I like to add fantasy elements. They make a story more interesting. For instance…

Wash Day

Della and her cousins walked along the river gathering soapwort. Tiny fairies flew beside them pointing out the herb that grew along the river bank. The large black kettle used for washing clothing and 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sheets was already filled with water. Several women were beating dried mud from the clothing with large sticks and rocks just big enough to fit the hand. Young boys gathered more sticks and pieces of wood while they all waited for the water in the kettle to boil.

The sheets were boiled first then spread out over the tops of nearby bushes to dry. Shirts, dresses, and other less soiled items were boiled next. While they boiled, soapwort was worked into the heavily soiled items of clothing. They were boiled last.

When everything was washed and laid out to dry, the women and children took the left-over soapwort and bathed their bodies in the river. Afterward, the group would lunch on bread, meat, and fruit if it was in season.

The younger ones would nap, while the older ones began gathering and folding the dried sheets and clothing. The dirty water was dipped from the kettle once it cooled. The kettle was left open so that it could catch any rain that might fall before the next wash day.

The group would then make their way back up the mountain with the clean wash. The farmers and laborers would come in from the fields and they would all sit down to a cold supper, finish their chores, and go to bed.


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