Harry gasped for breath as he reached the end of the pool, bracing his hands against the wall for support and leaning his forehead on the edge, to slow down the racing pulse in his temples. It was getting worse.
Coach Sheldon leaned over the edge, looking at Harry’s water-streaked cheeks.
“You’ve got some explainin’ to do, son. No way was that your best lap. How are you ever gonna make it to the championship in three months if you belly crawl your way across the water, eh?”
He owed it to the guy. The coach had thrown everything into this- extra hours before school, weekend sessions at 6 a.m, missing the kid’s piano recital- and he deserved to know.
‘Coach, I’m scared. I don’t think I can do this. Each day the championship draws closer, my fear grows.’
“You’re scared? Of what?”
‘That I’ll be a big, fat failure,’ admitted Harry, resting his chin on his knuckles.
“You aren’t scared.”
Harry looked mystified.
“If you were really scared, you’d have quit coming here. What you are scared of, is disappointing me.
Trust me, the day you signed up for this regime, you won everything in my book.”
Every week on a Sunday, a new photo is used as a prompt for Flash Fiction challenge using around 200 words based on that image. Your story does not have to be exactly what the item in the photo is as long as there is at least a reference to it.
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This week , over at my fun blogging group, Write Tribe, the Wednesday prompt is something every blogger can relate to:
The all-familiar Writer’s block.
Personally, I haven’t faced this too much in the last few months of blogging and I think that is mostly to do with the theme of this blog.
Here are (at least) five ways that I personally keep this dreaded demon at bay!
Write to prompts:
This is, by far, the easiest way to break the block. I signed up for at least 5 weekly alerts via various sites and get an e-mail when the new prompt goes up. The second I see the prompt, the mind starts whirring and the wheels are in motion. Keeping the pieces short helps me because it leaves me more time to blog hop across the challenge grids too. It’s also great practice for longer pieces or serial stories, if the mood strikes.
Mix it up!
Out here on my fiction blog, I mix it up with a good dose of the spooky, the creepy, the thought-provoking, the emotional, the comical (I hope!) when I write my short pieces. I generally look at a prompt and close my eyes and let the words play around in my head. Usually, at least three scenarios will pop up almost instantly. It can be difficult to choose, so what can be done? Easy, don’t choose 🙂 Write all three! A quick re-reading of the pieces will give you an idea of what will fit the prompt best. Then, go with your gut and publish it!
Back in April, when I met Vidya Sury, we had a good long chat about everything to do with blogging and then some. One of the things she said to me is something I started doing religiously. I click snaps. Now, I am a pretty laid-back photographer and not many of the snaps I take are Pin-worthy or would even make it to the edge of the Instagram iceberg. But, it is a fantastic way to break the block. Just one look at a picture like this one and I can think of at least 4 different versions of a story. And I clicked it with my smartphone camera on my way back from the bus stop, early in the morning. Inspiration is everywhere. Keep those eyes open and the camera handy!
Read a book
There is a reason that books are so appealing. They are chock-full of ideas, concepts, images, bits and bytes about every single thing that you write about. Sometimes, a line will speak to you in more ways than you thought possible. Why not turn it into a post? Credit the author/ book where you found the quote. Not only is this good etiquette, it is also a great way to direct more writers/bloggers towards the fountain of inspiration.
Read the comments
You know when you write a post and then sit back for the comments to start rolling in? Yeah, I do that. But, I recently started doing something else. I started reading deeply into the comments left on my posts, as well as those left on other blogs. A comment on a story can give you an idea or a track that can be developed into a whole new post. Just like snapping your fingers and having that ‘Eureka’ moment!
So, if you are a blogger/ writer, what do you personally do to break the Writer’s Block? Share away. I am all ears 🙂
Hoping for a miracle, she dialled his number from the red phone booth in that cosy corner. As it started ringing, Miriam watched as the sun rose slowly over the horizon, bathing the trees, nestled together.
In Sydney, he paused as the phone rang. Shrugging, he mounted his bike and rode out of her life.