Trying For Inspiration

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

Submitted: July 11, 2017

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Trying For Inspiration

I’m sitting in front of my laptop. It’s turned on, ready to go. I’ve even got a writing template open, blankly waiting for some words to fill up it’s......whiteness. And....there’s nothing! Not even the hint, the shadow of an idea.

I’ll look through my picture file. They are always good for striking some chord, bringing some sort of story to life. In fact sometimes I get so many ideas at once it’s hard to pick which to go with. Not today though. I’m looking at them one by one, and they are all leaving me mentally....cold.

Next step, look through a prompt book. A word, a phrase, a sentence....that’s all it needs to get me started on something. Maybe a poem instead of a story, but right now I can’t even get started.

Some sort of drastic action is called for and I know just the thing. I close the programs, shut it down and close the laptop. I’ll not look at it; take my fingers away from those keys, shake them out a bit, bend and flex them. Try a couple of neck rolls. Okay, that’s better.

A note pad, that’s what I’m looking for. And a pen, if I can find one that still writes. I’ll make myself a cup of coffee but there’s one thing I’m going to do first. I’ll walk down the street, just a few blocks, and buy the missing element to bring about the perfect atmosphere for creativity.

Back home I arrange the flowers in a vase and place it on my table. I make my coffee, fetch my notebook and my pen. I make myself comfortable, sip my coffee and take a deep breath. I open my book to a nice clean page, pick up my pen and just before I write that very important first word I sneeze. And sneeze again.

How did I forget the hay-fever!


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