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Category: Writing

Words: 98

Rating: PG-13

copyright-el-appleby

 copyright el appleby

“Talk about brain-dead!” she shouted. 

Every week a small group of talented writers gathered together over a shared photo prompt, to write a story. Only this week, NOTHING! She gazed at the picture and thought about teen fads, twisted kids with sewing needles, serial killers who left odd clues and particle accelerators, but still she drew a blank! What was left? A circus train accident? Cloning, genetic mutation?

Flipping her computer the bird, she grabbed a beer, signed off and leaned into her lounge chair to watch the frogs around her pond.

“Maybe next week,” she muttered.



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Comments
  1. Dear Turnip,

    I laughed out loud. I could just see her flipping off her computer. What a fun non-story.

    shalom,

    Rochelle

  2. rgayer55 says:

    Boy, do I know that feeling! I wrote one about a writer dying in front of his monitor trying to come up with a story for the prompt. Your way is a whole lot better!

  3. Sandra says:

    I was half-tempted to back out this week too – the inspiration just wouldn’t come. Glad you made it though.

  4. Hannah says:

    Very clever! I love it.

  5. Trudy says:

    I think you did a great job! I write about magic all the time, so this was an easy one for me – but I’m not sure what else I could have come up with 🙂

  6. Nothing wrong with the brewski finger cure and a post card to say , “see you next week.”

  7. I’ve been to this point more than once during the time I’ve been part of FF. Usually when I’ve given up completely, something comes to mind. I can see we’re going to change the name from Friday Fictioneers, as people are beginning to do non-fiction as well. Good jog!

    janet

  8. elappleby says:

    Now I feel bad for sending in such a hard prompt. If it’s any consolation, I was stumped too when my photo came up – seriously! I love your non-story. 😀

  9. misskzebra says:

    Hope you enjoyed that beer!

  10. This was me until an hour ago! Well written, nonetheless!

  11. EagleAye says:

    Yup. Sometimes it goes like that, and then at the last moment, something really cool comes out, like this piece. Good one!

  12. neenslewy says:

    I didn’t struggle with this week’s prompt. You describe how this block feels well.

  13. Sometimes, that’s just exactly the way it goes.
    🙂
    (Though not for me, not this week.)

  14. Sarah Ann says:

    Very clever. How about the circus train accident? I’d loved to see that worked into a story – not sure 100 words would be enough though. 🙂

  15. A lot of good ideas, and I certainly have seen a few materialized in the community but yours was better.

  16. kz says:

    lol oh but you’ve listed plenty of brilliant ideas there!

  17. I’ve felt like doing that to my computer sometimes. 🙂 Quite a clever idea, to write a story about not being able to write a story. I like your ideas though.

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