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MY SHORT FORM FICTION IN RESPONSE TO WEDNESDAYS VISUAL WRITING PROMPT

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 Curiosity is one of the most permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous intellect

Samual Johnson

 

Dean scratched his head and slid down the laundry room door, taking a seat on the cold kitchen floor. This was as good a place to hide as any. No one could see him through the front windows or the backslider, and that was good because he was crying.

Dean looked down at the piss yellow paper containing his case number and the words Ferndale District Court printed in a fading blue ink. Glancing further down the page his eyes froze on the sheriffs scrawled out words that screamed up at him, DWI! He took a sharp breath as if looking at it for the first time, “FUCK”!

“Fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck……FUCK!” he swallowed hard and sighed against the building pressure in his throat. Accepting the fate of his dumbass mistake a little more each time the word escaped him.

Halloween is when he’d got it, and a fucked-up mess is what it was. The last-minute bar-run at 1:00 am because after all, his party had been uncommonly boring…

…He was wasted, not much of the evening would leave any lasting impression. Dean had learned to ride young, it was just another thing he was naturally good at. And he could do it surprisingly well piss drunk but normally didn’t. Introduce the reader to deans biker side

The cops had seen him leave the bar. They casually swung in behind him, tripped the red-and-blues, and offered up the same excuse they’d given out all night. They knew he was drunk, just another easy target. It was against the law, sure, but it’s how they intended to meet the night’s quota. He’d have the charges dismissed when it finally went to court. He had a car full of witnesses that would step-up and testify that his headlights had been on.

The cop knew him, they all knew him, he tended to make a lasting impression on most. Dean didn’t usually mind the local cops, and they genuinely liked him. It was a surprise to them to find him behind the wheel in such a state. You could see the disappointment they felt, but Dean was a character, and naturally brought humor to the situation.

His face contorted in confusion, and the street swayed up… then down. The glistening pavement shining up into his bloodshot eyes as he stood bracing himself like a sailor fresh off the water. Was it that you were not supposed to take the breathalyzer but you were supposed to take the drunk-man-walking test, fuck… he was so slammed off his buddies moonshine he just guessed and guessed wrong of course.

What shitty luck this was, he dreaded going in to tell his boss. He had missed so much work after his breakup with his fiancé. Good riddance. But the depression hit him pretty hard whether it was the best thing for her to be out of his life or not. He’d missed so many days he was surprised he wasn’t fired already. And now this embarrassment, yeah, that ought to go over well with the boss.

Of course, his boss had the look of disgust and some slight contempt smothered over that. The uptight Canadian commuter wasted no time at all before firing Dean on the spot. Holy crap, no way. He was beside himself, they couldn’t fire him because of that, could they? But the decision was final, so he gathered his belongings and left quietly.

The great thing about being fired by the one asshole that worked there was that he got written recommendations from everyone else. They had loved him, and that seemed right to him. After all, he had busted his ass for them, he’d even worked through the night several times, he’d come in early, stay late, always got the job done on time and done well. Fuck…it was his dream job, he loved it, now he was screwed. A mortgage to pay, new car payments, shit! His heart just dropped.

He filed for unemployment, they fought it, but he won. Turns out they didn’t have the right to fire him after-all. Looking back he should have sued them, but that was then, and his heart wasn’t in it. He loved the company, it was the Canadian that fucked it all up.

He stewed and simmered in the unemployment ring, jobs were impossible to come by in the failing economy. He could just pay the bills, he lost his car to repossession. He couldn’t afford what it would take to get his license back anyway. So he sat around…watched a lot of Tv… and got bored. His friends just drifted, he wasn’t up for them with his self-esteem in the dirt anyway. No one called, at least not that often, so he played around on Facebook to keep the loneliness at bay.

About two months of that and a Farmville bill of $200 all became a wakeup call that rendered the social media hangout a bust. How humiliating. Farmville? Really? Wow! So he shit-canned the social media entertainment altogether. He passed the time doing yard work, job-hunting, and going through every item he owned, organizing and reorganizing. The days turned into months and it was all a blur of the same monotony. Fuck! He was bored.

When the social networking stopped, the web surfing began and finally, YouTube was discovered. It was fantastic! The level of entertainment just couldn’t be matched. Dean slouched down into the couch, becoming part of the large cushion that cradled his ass. His belly was just starting to bulge after two months without work. Depression was an understatement at this point.

But this discovery of YouTube cheered him up a bit. There was an endless barrage of video relating to just about anything under the sun, and beyond. He was hooked. Ghost stories are where he settled-in for this session. Deans curiosity for ghosts was about unquenchable.

Most of the footage on spirits that he found was complete crap, obviously faked, and just about enough to piss him off. But he wandered through the list of videos, scanning the titles and screenshots for something that would give him a bit of a scare.

He found a playlist of some ghost show that he thought had originally been featured on a familiar network. This was a pretty good set of videos that could set a small creep factor to play on his mind.

Yeah… this was entertainment. Never mind the glare of the Tv that the videographer had taped the show from. Yep, that was a bit irritating, but the cable had been shut off about ten days ago, so this was it.

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Wednesdays Visual Writing Prompt

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Wednesdays Visual Writing Prompt

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Visual writing prompts are an excellent method to spark your creativity. They are a means of exploration into your journey as a writer. Taking part in writing prompts can lead you into depths of writing discovery that may have otherwise eluded you.

Taking twenty minutes to participate in prompts like this on a regular basis can unlock your true potential as a writer.

Good Luck!

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The Challenge

Use this prompt to think outside the box, to go somewhere with your writing that you had never dared go before. See what kind of magic you can work with that brilliant mind of yours.

  • Use this prompt to add a scene to the current book you are writing.
  • Start a short story that you can give away for free to subscribers of your blog.
  • Or just practice your skills.

It’s true that a picture like this can spark ideas you may never have considered!

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Please post a link to your writing in the comments section 🙂

I look forward to reading your writing.

Have Fun!

Wednesdays Visual Writing Prompt

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Wednesdays Visual Writing Prompt

Challenge

Use this prompt to think outside the box, to go somewhere with your writing that you had never dared go before. See what kind of magic you can work with that brilliant mind of yours. You are a storyteller so this will be a breeze.

Maybe you could use this prompt to add a scene to the current book you are writing. Maybe you could start a short story that you can give away for free to subscribers of your blog. A picture like this can spark ideas you may never have considered.

I look forward to reading your writing.

Have Fun!

Wednesdays Visual Writing Prompt

The video and gif below show a quintessential gray alien supposedly captured by the Russian KGB; the video gives more detail about the alleged relationship between Russia and the aliens, and an agreement that prohibited the Russians from recording their communications with the aliens…it’s got me convinced!

What do you think?

I’m really excited at the prospect of reading all of the shorts created from this awesome footage prompt!

Gray aliens crash landing on this planet is a long-documented phenomenon that has been investigated by UFO researchers as well as other more mainstream journalists. Though the theories vary about what exactly they are and what they are here for –

Though the theories vary about what exactly they are and what they are here for, there isn’t much debate in the community anymore about whether or not they exist!

So, one must then wonder…

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Wednesdays Visual Writing Prompt

Use this prompt to think outside the box, to go somewhere with your writing that you had never dared go before. See what kind of magic you can work with that brilliant mind of yours. You are a storyteller so this will be a breeze.

Maybe you could use this prompt to add a scene to the current book you are writing. Maybe you could start a short story that you can give away for free to subscribers of your blog. A picture like this can spark ideas you may never have considered.

The Rules

There aren’t really many rules, just enough to get your blog some attention and get new people interested in your writing or the current book you have to offer.

  • Write in any genre you like – poetry too
  • Tag this post in your post (share this post to your WordPress blog as a new post) so I can find you (it will ping back to this post), then I can check out your work, and promote you on my social sites. Or share your response to the writing challenge in the comments section below.
  • You have until the following Tuesday to complete this writer’s prompt, then I will be posting a new one on the following day, next Wednesday.

If you have any suggestions for future Wednesday Visual Writing Prompts, please let me know in the comments:-)

I look forward to reading your writing.

Do you believe?

Is Your Writing Fueled by Passion?

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If you are a writer you know the difference between creating content and inspired writing. Creating content is a process while inspiration is an explosion of passion. You can feel it when the words you write spill onto the page as if on fire.

Why You Should Write Inspired

Writing that’s inspired gets us hooked. It sells us things we wouldn’t otherwise buy. Inspired writing motivates us to take action because it ignites our own passion. It can create burning desire, need and want. It pulls us in and feeds us something we’ve been craving.

Content can be methodical, sometimes appearing as reworked copy that’s been sold to us from many other sources. Writing that’s inspired packs a certain punch that ordinary content just doesn’t provide.

As writers, we are faced with the challenge of creating content that grabs the reader’s attention, selling them whatever brand, book, or service that we promote. From our bios to our sales copy we are put in the position where we must entice, enchant, inform, and sell.

Writing inspired is fueled by our true voice, it has a magical element within it that readers devour. The simple truth all writers face is that they need great copy, and inspired writing creates exactly that.

Where to Find Inspiration

Read copy that inspires you. But where do we look for inspiration… if you are a writer of any kind, the best place to be inspired by copywriting is at Crayon.co. You’ll find thousands of useful examples of inspired writing and you can use them to fuel your own writing.

You can also try new things as often as possible which often gives rise to inspiration. Learn new things every day. Recall an event or a moment that fueled your passion for writing and practice capturing that moment.

These are all great ways to become inspired to write from the passionate place within.

How to Write Inspired

When you have an inspiring idea, give yourself a moment to soak it in, allow it wash through your mind and your senses and begin to unfold to you. Take what’s unfolding and write with purpose, just to get the passion down on paper. You can organize and edit later so don’t let trivialities get in the way of the moment.

Just let yourself write. Pay attention to the small details that are developing from your initial inspiration. Use them to continue writing or to make a list of bullet points you’d like to cover. These details will expand upon the inspiration that got you started and deepen its meaning.

All the time, remain aware of the inspiration you were hoping to capture, that one idea, the thing that sparked you and got the writing rolling. You want to capture the main essence of what your writing, the big picture. You can do this by being descriptive and including examples that the reader can relate to.

The Payoffs

The payoff for practicing inspired writing is content that is better appreciated and additionally shared more often by readers. This is a good practice to help acquire your voice in writing as well, because it’s content that comes from deep within you and has a different feel, often expressing your voice more freely. Inspired writing may also come across as more personal to your reader as if they’re getting to know you through your writing style because you express yourself freely through this writing process.

You will improve your writing and content creation abilities and therefore stand to gain a greater following. The benefits of writing inspired are substantial with regular practice and will help you grow as a writer.

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