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Photo courtesy of Mary Shipman.

Here’s the photo prompt for #Friday Fictioneers. Thanks Madison, for starting and continuing this wonderful writing prompt. Please visit her site and check out all the other Friday Fictioneers. Here’s my 100 word take on the photo:


They swirl through me, relentless in their quest. Shutting them out is not an option.

They know what I am.

I glance at the gap in the wall. Ten sets of small human bones, and they call me a monster. Sometimes I hate this gig. “Anybody know an Abbey?” A sharp pain in my temple. “Not Abbey, Abigail?”

“Yes, that’s my daughter’s name. Is she…here?”

“Yes. She says she’s sorry she skipped school that day. She loves you.”

Closure, now she can move on. I extend my black wings against the light of ascension, the young always go up.

The guard jerks my chain. “None of that Demon. I like to see you burn.”

Like I said, I hate this gig.

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I’ve spoken to a number of writer friends on this subject; with varying responses.

Some do their best character building or plotting in the shower, others find a long drive spurs inspiration.

For me, inspiration strikes when and where it may; running, driving, the shower, in the middle of the night.

I was at a writers guild meeting a few days back, when someone said something  triggering a story idea. It was an ‘aha’ moment, an intro for a story I’d been struggling with for a while, so I made a quick note in my folio, intending to follow-up later. By the time I drove home it was late. Tired, I went to bed.

At three in the morning my eyes popped open, the scene running through my head. Until five I laid in bed, working out the details, including all the dialogue; my mind not willing to quit until the scene was complete. A fell back to sleep for a few hours before rising, caffeinating, and typing it up.

When does inspiration strike you?

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