Category: Writing

7. No Outlet

“Well, this doesn’t look right.” “Oh, you think? What tipped you off?” “The ‘No Outlet’ sign.” Jay sighed, counted to 10, and then exhaled again, calmer. Kathy sighed, watched him count to 10, and...

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6. Wreck

The movies often allow time for thoughts and emotions to flow through the someone’s mind in a situation like this; the moments slow down to a crawl so that the character can muse on...

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5. Stacks

She loved to be surrounded by the books. The library, in a real sense, was her home. The idea of being in the middle, the literal center, of all the knowledge collected around her...

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4. For Lease/For Sale

“C’mon, it’ll be awesome!” “You say it’ll be awesome, but all I’m seeing is a big fat risk.” “No risk, no reward!” They walked around the property again. Meg wanted to see everything before...

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3. The Rain

It was welcome at first, the rain. It had been a dry season, and the rain soaked into the parched soil as fast as the ground could manage. The rain lasted for hours, and...

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2. Picture Frame

Brad fidgeted in the chair across the desk from his boss. The chair, he decided, was intentionally uncomfortable, with a spring poking him in the butt in such a way that there was no...

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1. Typewriter

My grandfather’s typewriter sits in the corner, mocking me. I really should put it away. All it does is remind me that I’m not the man he was, and probably never will be. He...

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Bad Stretch of Road

John had had enough. The girl he had moved half-way across the country for had broken up with him, the job he found had laid him off, and he found that the friends he...

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Letter Go

(couldn’t use the letter “u” in this exercise) To someone who didn’t really know her, Margaret might be called “nice,” or “not excessively noisy.” To those who did know her, however, the real story...

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Five and 10

He always had chapped lips. It was worse in the winter, when his skin got so dry he feared he’d crack open one day, but his lips seemed to always be chapped, like he...

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