Friday Flash Fiction

Doug Macilroy

Picture courtesy of Doug MacIlroy

This picture evokes a certain hunger, an emptiness that plagues creative types. I’m going to go with that as my theme this week.

Word count: 100

Missing Link

The pages mocked him with their blankness. Head in hand, he groaned deeply. With rewrites, he could move words around. It’s hard to work with nothing. His soul was as empty as the pages.

Hands poised over the keyboard, he plunged in. “The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.” Typing on, “and bit him on the arse. Poor dog ran to the water’s edge to soothe his painful rear only to be pulled under by a gruesome phantom fish.”

Pure crap. But any words were better than none, or so he’d heard. All could be remedied with revisions.

© Erin Leary

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29 thoughts on “Friday Flash Fiction

  1. As a writer who has struggled to put anything down on the proverbial paper recently, I sympathise whole-heartedly with the protagonist plight in your story. On the other-hand, I laugh and applaud your story, for I find it funny, light and more importantly, alive. Well done

  2. I think every writer has struggled with this. I often feel like the main character from Big Hero 6 when he couldn’t find any ideas. “Empty. Useless. BRAIN!”

    Nicely done. 🙂 Rewrites can cure almost anything.

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  4. What a great idea to link creative hunger to the image. And the fish ate the poor dog, any way to fill the emptiness helps. I love it.

  5. I’ve heard that advice, but never was good at following it. Sometimes it will take me an hour to write two sentences, then spend the next session rearranging the words over and over. It’s obvious from the comments that we all relate. You made me smile.

  6. Funny. We must have had the same typing teacher. I can add ‘me too’ to all the commenters who could relate to the experience you’ve portrayed. I was hoping it got better with practice. Wrong??

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