Category: Writing Challenges

An opportunity to improve my storytelling skills

Fiction in 50: What Comes After

“What comes after, ‘I’m sorry’?” “I’m really sorry.” “Really?” “I’m really very sorry?” “That’s it?” “I’m really very sorry and it will never happen again.” “How about showing some remorse?” “Whaat?” “For what you did.” “For what I did? All I did was temporarily misplace the remote to our TV!”

Friday Fictioneers: The Fog

The early morning fog wrapped a cold wet shroud around Paul Wertza’s body. The scent of the distant pine trees offset his recollection of the smell of fish that was forever linked to his memories of fog. Paul’s thoughts returned to the late afternoon of 1950 when he was rescued in the frigid waters off…

Fiction in 50: Only Joking

I am trying something new this week: writing a piece of fiction in 50 words or less on a chosen topic. The current topic is Only Joking. Captain Jack was examining the worn corduroy shirt and faded  fashionably ripped jeans on the twenty-something male ahead of us in Wendy’s. “I used to have a pair…

Safe at Home

I stood outside my house, lunchbox in hand, waiting for Harry to stop and pick me up for the ride to work. It was 7 AM on Thursday, July 24, 1969 and today marked one day shy of a year from when we first met, and our relationship had strengthened and grown in the intervening…

Time Delay

Begin a post with a scene that includes dialogue. Think of a hook — a moment that can act as a catalyst and drive your narrative forward… —Daily Post Weekly Writing Challenge: Dialogue “I can’t wait to see this week’s show.” Suzie sat down on the couch next to me. “Stan says that it is the best…

Do You Want a Pickle or a Motorsickle?

Time to work out your own funny bone! This week, write about whatever topic you’d like, but go for laughs…Write about a comedy of errors—a time when things kept going very, hilariously, wrong. (Go fictional if you’d like!). —Weekly Writing Challenge: The Best Medicine I don’t want a pickle. I just wanna ride my motorsickle… —Arlo…

Daily Prompt: Ready, Set, Go

Erie light

“Set a timer for ten minutes. Open a new post. Start the timer, and start writing. When the timer goes off, publish.” —The Daily Post at WordPress.com It was a tough night to start a Graveyard shift. It was the Lioness’s birthday: a big one, the Double-nickel, 55 years. We had gone to dinner after…

Writing Challenge: the Devil is in the Details

“…Take any person, place, or event, and write three paragraphs describing your subject in great detail…” —The Daily Post at WordPress.com The black BMW sedan accelerated through traffic, weaving from lane to lane, trying to seize any available space among the other cars on the road. At the last-minute the driver swerved into the right-hand curb…