The Write Spark #11: What story can you tell?

Today is the day and now is the time to challenge your writing. I often hear of writers who complain of being stuck or not knowing how to start writing. Well, here’s a challenge for you to get those words moving across the page. Let’s see what sparks for you. Who knows, you may very well have the opening lines to your next story or that scene you can’t seem to get going.

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Looking at the picture above, what do you see? In the comments, write a brief paragraph, a few sentences, or just freestyle your thoughts. Write what this picture says to you. How does it make you feel? What thoughts does it evoke? You can write from your character’s state of mind. It could be a scene. Don’t restrict yourself. Just write what comes to mind. Remember, life is full of illusions; what you see is not often reality.

Challenge yourself, but most of all, have fun!

  1. What I see:

    The light from the moon illuminated the sky even through the dark, scattered clouds. The mansion above the hills overlooked the California valley. It was unusually quiet, almost too quiet. What is that lurking among the shadows of the house? Death lurks. Death comes.

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    1. Thanks for sharing your story, Redbone & Rice. =)

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  2. The moon is huge, round. Deep orange like the rising sun in the morning. But it’s night. Why is the sun out at night? It’s confused. Must be why people are driving crazy, acting crazy. On my way here I passed by at least four car accidents in a 5-mile radius. Here. I drove here because is where I want to end my life. Is it the confused sun that has me feeling this way? Am I confused? Do I really want to do this?

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  3. Up in the sky, it’s a big round circle; it’s a huge bright light; it’s the moon! Well, I think it’s the moon. It looks like the moon, but then there are several other round similar objects. Is there only one moon? Are they just reflections? Maybe the others are separate lights. Hmmm. It just goes to show, you can’t always tell what you’re looking at. But what we see provokes other thoughts.

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