Shall I write or not? Shall I leave the character alive or not? Shall I finish writing the manuscript or throw it in the trash? Or to publish it? To send the manuscript or not? Shall I change the editor's corrections or leave them as such? Shall I attend the launch or not? Tough decision. Nobody really knows who I am. And that's fine. I drink and eat at the expense of a fictitious payment, a fictitious book, a fictitious author. Short plagiarism about you. And on top of that there are the regrets.

(Translated by Cosmina-Florentina Ciobanu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / Corrected by Silvia Petrescu, coordinator of the translations)

Real Fiction is a collective project started in 2013 by Florin Piersic Jr. The concept of Real Fiction continued to exist as a Facebook group, after a volume of stories was published at Humanitas Publishing House. (In July 2022, the group has 8,750 members.) The authors write ultra-short stories, with the texts limited to 500 characters (in Romanian, so the length of the English translation might be a little different) - a flash-fiction exercise on a topic that changes every few days. The group's coordinators are Florin Piersic Jr., Gabriel Molnar, Răzvan Penescu, and Luchian Abel. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)

Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficțiuni Reale.

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