Thats All She Wrote

Thats All She Wrote
October 13, 2011 20 Comments Writing Stephanie Ayers

The dream just wouldn’t stop. Every night as Cassie closed her eyes, he came, hair thick as an Indian’s and black as the tip of an oil stick, deep sienna complexion, milk chocolate eyes, and black lines that spread across his face like a spider web looming nose to nose behind her eyelids. She woke every morning slick with sweat. She didn’t understand what it meant. She had never met this man, never even see a tattoo like his, but there he was, every night, front and center, over and over again. There wasn’t even a character in the story she was working on like him.

She was at an impasse with her story anyway; the characters not moving along quite the way she wanted them to, resistant to the changes she wanted them to make. She was rather pleased with her story as it stood so far. It was a colorful tale of the high seas, full of scurvy pirates, voluptuous maidens, and the proverbial English gentleman. It was an adventure with just the right amount of drama, just enough comedy, and a twist or two. Just as the maiden was whisked off to sea in her petticoats, it fell flat. She knew her tale needed something though she hadn’t figured out what yet.

She resisted as long as she could before saving her work, though she had gotten no further, and found her bed. Before she could even close her eyes completely, there he was. Plump lips moved though she couldn’t hear the words. Invisible hands touched her cheeks, and his face loomed closer, like a petulant child demanding attention.

“Write me in, make me a hero,” his request, so simply stated before he disappeared.

So she did, to the very end.

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     If you haven’t figured it out, this week, we’d like you to write a piece in which a tattoo figures prominently. Fiction or creative non-fiction. You will have 300 words with which to play. I have 294.

I am also linking up with the Studio 30+ writing prompt for this week: Haunted.

So, tell me what you think as concrit is ALWAYS welcome.

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Stephanie Ayers A published author with a knack for twisted tales, Stephanie Ayers is the Executive Creative Director of OWS Ink, LLC, a community for writers and readers alike. She loves a good thriller, fairies, things that go bump in the night, and sappy stories. When she is not writing, she can be found in Creative Cloud designing book covers and promotional graphics for authors.
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  1. 20 Comments

    Carrie

    Damn, I really need to check in at Studio 30+ more.

    I love the idea of a “muse” coming to you as you sleep, to inspire your story.

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      DM

      Have you checked out Lightning Bug? Prompts there too. And thank you. 🙂

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    Lance

    The descrition are spot on. I like the muscle you wrote with. This is really brawny in it’s honesty and emotion. Great piece, DM

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      DM

      Ohh I like that. Thanks!! 🙂

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    Andrea

    I love the twist that you took with this prompt. I also love ideas coming in ones sleep! Well done. 🙂

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      DM

      Thanks, Andrea. The Haunted prompt from Studio Thirty really helped the idea along.

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    Cheryl @ Mommypants

    I’m still waiting for that muse to show up and tell me what to do! 😉

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    Jackie

    Well first of all I wish that the word limit was a little longer! It always leaves the reader wanting more but even so I think that this one can stand alone too.

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      DM

      Good. That’s what I was hoping for. I could have done a little more with this with more words and still ended it the same way. I’m glad it works.

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    Karen @ Time Crafted

    Some of the best muses are glimpsed in a dream. :> And thanks for the reminder to go check in with Studio 30 & Lightning Bug for prompts!

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      DM

      I’m not sure I have figured out Lightning Bug yet, but I’m looking forward to it.

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    Erin

    Oh I love this, I can’t tell you how many times I have seen that glimpse right before I go to sleep, and it makes for amazing things to come!

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      DM

      LOL, well I don’t know that I would want THIS particular character haunting me every night, but yes, I do know exactly what you mean. 😉

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    Galit Breen

    Yes, this. The character that writers him or herself that just won’t leave you alone until you wrote them, dammit. Yes, that.

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    CDG

    I’d read a story about a marked hero barging in and stealing the show from the pirate, maiden, gentleman trio.

    For sure.

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      DM

      I can think of a couple of places where he would fit in too. 😉

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    (FL) Girl with a New Life

    Ooh. Is he a ghost? Love the premise here. Very sexy.

    Always happy to see you working your craft.

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      DM

      Sort of. He was haunting her dreams until she wrote him in, like so many of our characters do.

      It’s so nice to see you!

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