The theme for June is ‘First Time’

The theme for the stories to be shared in June will be ‘First Time’. There is something significant about the ‘first-time’ we do or experience something that always stays with us. The memory of that time might bring back feelings of joy, pain, laughter, shame, gratitude, disappointment or a range of so many other emotions. This chosen theme is also in recognition of the launch of OutTales around the Fire – certainly my first time of embarking on such an adventure.

Every experience we have had or action we have taken, all started with a first time – first kiss, first date, first job interview, first day at work, first time in a gay bar, first relationship heartbreak, first driving test, first time living alone – the list is indeed endless.

So over the month of June, visit to read the stories of other fellow travelers and hear about their first-time. And if you are inspired to share your story, we are here, gathered around the fire waiting to hear your tale. You can send your stories to outtales@yahoo.com.

In writing your story, here are some tips to observe:

  • Tell a story you were in, not one you heard.
  • Have clear opening and closing lines.
  • Let the emphasis be on what happened, rather than what you were thinking.
  • Notice what might be inessential to the plot and best leave that out.
  • Be aware of any emotions that were going on for you during the event itself and feel free to bring to the story.
  • Notice what fresh insights come to mind as you tell the story this time and do feel free to include in your piece.
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