Sonder Stories: A New Writing Project

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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: 

n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness—an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk.
— The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows

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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.