The stack of short stories on my desk accumilate because I like to write more than I like to submit. Writing is all mine, I make the rules. But submitting stories rubs my nose in the real world – that place I write to forget. Or maybe it’s just the way my mind works. Like bits of scenes that pop into mind and have to be written down before they are forgotten. Scene bits are fun to write. Working them into stories can come later.
So, the writing excercise this week is to write a bit from a scene. Something that suddenly came to mind and now you just have to write that thought into a story.
Mario’s desk was always cluttered with odd and interesting things. Claire’s gaze stopped at the box labeled “Codpiece.”
“Oh. Sorry.” Mario opened a drawer and swept the box out of sight. “Just something for my collection of Medieval History. Men all wore codpieces back then.”
“Why does yours say, ‘batteries not included?’”
Morris James angerly pointed his finger at the large drawing labeled Architectural Rendering. “You sold me a lot right there!”
“It’s a corner lot. Worth every penny you paid.”
“That’s a drawing of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld!” screamed Morris.
Roy’s mortuary was profitable due to its location on a cross-country highway and the sign out front, “Daisies-Up Inn,” that pulled dead-tired truckers in every night. “It’s a dormitory-style motel,” he assured them. “Keeps the costs down for everyone.”
Have fun! Use the comments section to post a vignette or two or three that you particularly like.
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