Thursday’s Thoughts, Questions, and Comments About Writing

Just wanted to take a couple minutes today to offer a reminder and ask a couple questions.

Reminder: There is just one week left to share your short story based on the writing prompt that I shared here two weeks ago. One writer shared her short story in the comments section of the post. If you haven’t read it, check it out. It might inspire you to write something. Also, you can post your own in the comments section if it is 500 words or less. If it’s longer than 500 words, you can email it to me and I will post it in a “Special Saturday” post, or, if you have a blog, post it to your blog and put a link to it in the comments section of my post for the writing prompt so that people who read here will still be able to read and like it for you.

Question: I have an idea to help those of you who are interested in being part of an online writing group. I would like to know how many of you there are, so please, if you are seriously interested in an online writing group, let me know in the comments section below: 1) that you are interested, and 2) what exactly are you looking for in a writer’s group?

Question: What do you struggle with most in your writing?

Thursday’s Thoughts, Questions, and Comments About Writing

Is the woman seated upset by what the older woman is looking at?
What are these women doing?
Who are these women?
Where do they live?
What is the time period?
What has happened?
Is the seated woman related to the older woman, and if so, how?
Again, short writings can be posted directly in the comment section below. If your story is over 500 words, however, please send them to my email address and I will create a special post for those stories.
Please either add your short stories to the comments below or send your longer stories to me at: cre8tiveme07@gmail.com no later than Thursday, August 27th — that gives you two weeks to study the picture, consider the questions, and create your story. Good luck!

Thursday’s Thoughts, Questions, and Comments About Writing

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Today is the second Thursday of the month, and if you were here last month at this time, you know that it is time for a writing prompt. This time I have decided to use the photo above as the prompt for this month, in hopes that it will inspire more of you to write something and share with us.

Now here are the rules for participating in my monthly writing prompt:
1) You may write in any genre.
2) Keep it clean — no explicit sex or erotica, no stories that attack a person or group of
     people. Minimal use of profanity and violence is okay.
3) If you are a nonfiction writer and want to participate, I welcome you, but you must
     use the suggested prompt.
4) All stories must be a minimum of 100 words and a maximum of 1500 words. (This rule
     may change as participation grows).
I reserve the right not to post any story that doesn’t include/use the writing prompt as well as any story that breaks the second rule.
Here are a couple options for sharing, which I strongly encourage for two reasons — I want to know that people are participating, and I want to read what you write, as I am sure others will as well.
So sharing options:
1) 100 — 300 words, please post these stories in the comments section of this post
2) 301 — 1500 words, please email to me at cre8tiveme07@gmail.com
The reason for the options is that short stories, like the first option, can easily be shared and read in the comments section. Longer stories like the second option, I will post in a special Saturday post simply due to their length.
One of my readers suggested that my deadline be longer to allow writers to ponder longer and not feel stressed by a tight deadline. It was a great suggestion, especially since we have another month before the next writing prompt and the long stories post on a Saturday. So, I hope more of you will participate, and I look forward to reading your creative works.
Deadline for stories for today’s prompt will be next Friday, July 17, 2020.

Special Post Saturday

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Photo by Robin Canfield on Unsplash

Here is a Flash Fiction story that was submitted by C. S. Wachter for last Thursday’s writing prompt that was to include the words “if looks could kill”. Thanks for submitting, Chris!

Enjoy!

The Eye of the Dragon
by C. S. Wachter

Sam’s breath funneled in through his nose and hissed out between his teeth. Each long stride carried him farther from camp and his friends. His lungs began burning a mile back, but still he continued; the crashing noises behind him driving him forward on weakening legs. Five minutes later, the forest opened onto a rock-strewn valley surrounded by cliffs. Though the track he ran followed no set course, he couldn’t shake the feeling the creature had herded him to this dead end.

Trembling, he released a curse. He flung his arms up and fisted clumps of sweat-dampened hair as he bent over and struggled to take deep breaths while scanning for a place to hide. He sent a quick glance over his shoulder. The creature hadn’t given up but judging by the muffled roar it was far enough behind that Sam could pause in his headlong rush, take a moment to fill his lungs, get more oxygen into his blood, and plan his next move.

Sweat dribbled down the center of his back and tracked through the dirt on his face from temples to chin as he focused on a darker splotch in the mottled gray rock face to his left.

The ground beneath him vibrated and heavy thumps rattled through his chest. Out of time. He pulled in the deepest breath he could manage, set his sights, and sprinted in a straight line toward the dark opening, praying it was more than a figment of his imagination.

Cool, damp air enfolded Sam, sending a chill through his overheated body. Before him gaped a black hole, behind him, a dragon roared its disappointment. Several more roars sounded before silence fell.

Inching his way forward, Sam moved deeper into the cave. Lightning flashed. No, not lightning. Steady light flooded the cave. And laughter. Brian’s laughter. Brian—the brother Sam had left back at camp and feared for.

More voices came.

Happy Birthday!”

Surprise.”

Brian strode forward, laughing. “That was the absolutely best simulation. You should have seen your face. By the way, bro, you probably didn’t notice, but there are surveillance cameras all through that forest. You said you were up for an adventure. Happy Birthday, bro.”

Still chuckling, Brian reached out to plant a hand on Sam’s shoulder, but Sam stepped back. If looks could kill, his brother would be roasted by a dragon’s fire in the next second. 

Thursday’s Thoughts,Questions and Comments About Writing

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Today’s post is to get our creative juices flowing and to get us to write. This will be my first “writing prompt” post. Writing prompt posts will happen once a month — the second Thursday of each month, and I hope you will join me.
Writing prompts will vary: a line you must include, a beginning sentence, a photo, a list of words to include, possibly a piece of music, or any other creative thing I can think of to use as a prompt.
Now here are the rules for participating in my monthly writing prompt:
1) You may write in any genre.
2) Keep it clean — no explicit sex or erotica, no stories that attack a person or group of
     people. Minimal use of profanity and violence is okay.
3) If you are a nonfiction writer and want to participate, I welcome you, but you must
     use the suggested prompt.
4) All stories must be a minimum of 100 words and a maximum of 1500 words. (This rule
     may change as participation grows).
I reserve the right not to post any story that doesn’t include/use the writing prompt as well as any story that breaks the second rule.
Here are a couple options for sharing, which I strongly encourage for two reasons — I want to know that people are participating, and I want to read what you write, as I am sure others will as well.
So sharing options:
1) 100 — 300 words, please post these stories in the comments section of this post
2) 301 — 1500 words, please email to me at cre8tiveme07@gmail.com
The reason for the options is that short stories like the first option can easily be shared and read in the comments section. Longer stories like the second option, I will post in a special Saturday post the same week the writing prompt post is written, so the Saturday that follows the second Thursday of the month.
I’m so excited to see what you come up with, and I will be participating as well.
This month’s writing prompt is that somewhere in your story, you must include the phrase “if looks could kill”.
One last thing, if you read posted stories in the comments or on the special Saturday post and choose to comment on the stories, your comments must be respectful, kind, and encouraging.