I'm writing a new series, all free to read and here on the blog!
Inspired by the realization that everyone has their own story, Sonder Stories tells a story from a different perspective in every installment. The aim is to capture human uniqueness and the struggle each person has to stay true to who they believe they are - or should be.
What does Sonder mean?
Before I can answer what sonder means I have to explain where the word comes from.
Sonder is not a word you'll find in a traditional dictionary. In fact, it first appeared in The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, a blog and YouTube channel. It's a really interesting site that aims to put names to emotions that many people feel, I highly recommend anyone - especially writers - to check out the site.
The word was created by jkcreative (an account name/ pen name for John Koenig - I believe) and has been spread around the internet by tumblr blogs and social media. When I came across the word it was in some 'top ten' blog post and I assumed it was a real word. When asked for the source of the word, John says that he is the source.
I believe the word is so powerful because everyone has had the sensation that it describes:
The realization that everyone has a story has inspired me to write this series of stories.
For a great blog post that goes into this matter much further than I did, check out "The Curious Case of the Word 'Sonder'" by Niel de la Rouviere - it goes into what makes 'a real word' as well as how 'sonder' came about. I learnt a lot from this post and recommend the read.
Would you like to Contribute?
Because the series will introduce a new character and perspective with every chapter/entry I'm hoping that as it becomes more popular, writers might like to contribute to the series. I was originally going to call this 'Project: Sonder' and in a way it still is a writing project.
The format will basically be about a thousand words per post, written in the style of third person limited, with the next character in the series being introduced towards the end of the story in a brief passing-by-kind-of-way. It leaves a lot open for creativity which could be a great opportunity for writers wanting to experiment with a new style of writing.
If you would like to contribute to Sonder Stories please feel free to contact me.
Enjoy Sonder Stories
I hope you enjoy my new series! I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments.