Writing Exercise: Snowstorm

The woods rose up all around me, towers of dead trees and bare branches that grasped my clothing and hair as I ran. I took no notice of their thorns as they scratched through my sleeves and left strands of hair snagged on their limbs. It was after me, and the dread that fueled myContinue reading “Writing Exercise: Snowstorm”

Writing Exercise: A Pocket Watch, a Flea Market, and a Bit of Time Travel

Can objects haunt us? I considered this question today when responding to a writing prompt. The answer I came up with turned into the beginning of a science fiction story, which you will find a little further below. The prompt comes from the Shut Up and Write group, an international writing community that is (despite the harsh name) a friendlyContinue reading “Writing Exercise: A Pocket Watch, a Flea Market, and a Bit of Time Travel”

Writing Exercise: Inside the Castle (Writing Inspiration from a Dream)

The search for story ideas is a constant in most writers’ lives, and every once in a while, the ideas are the ones that search us out. Night before last, I had an odd dream that felt so realistic and detailed I decided to write a short passage about it after waking up. In theContinue reading “Writing Exercise: Inside the Castle (Writing Inspiration from a Dream)”

Writing Exercise: Mirrors

Prompt “In her New York Times essay “The Ghost Story Persists in American Literature. Why?,” Parul Sehgal writes about how ghost stories throughout American literature have functioned as social critique, manifestations of protest and redress that reveal “cultural fears and fantasies,” and which understand “how strenuously we run from the past, but always expect it to catchContinue reading “Writing Exercise: Mirrors”

Writing Exercise: Spring 2017

Do you remember Spring 2017 and the days you thought were your last, how Mila’s dog would come to lie at your feet and wait with you in the quiet? Do you remember that Spring, the one that failed you, that left your life fallow and let nothing grow within you? That Spring that letContinue reading “Writing Exercise: Spring 2017”

Writing Exercise: Book of Lists

Today’s blog post is my response to a writing prompt from the site Reedsy. In the past, I have entered their weekly contest and while I’ve never won that $50 cash prize, I have produced a few short stories based on the prompts. This afternoon, I decided to give one a try not as aContinue reading “Writing Exercise: Book of Lists”