Friday, January 11, 2013

FSF Challenge - Inspire

This week's writing challenge from Five Sentence Fiction ( Lillie McFerrin Writes ) is based upon the prompt "Inspire."

When I saw this prompt, I kept thinking about all those motivational posters with their inspirational sayings. Sometimes they help, sometimes you end up like Evan...


Image "Burning Candle" courtesy of nuchylee at

Evan had no idea where he was when he woke up, but he did know his head hurt like hell and it was dark. As he began to move, his hands found the cool roughness of a stone wall rising higher than he could reach, and while following it, encountered several small alcoves, each containing what felt like a candle. As Evan inched along, he raked his shin on something hard, uttering a sharp "Son of a..." with the expletive stifled only by the remembrance of a former teacher saying, "It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness." As he rubbed his leg, he wished he had paid a bit more attention in class. Maybe there'd been a lesson on where to find the damned matches.

Image "Burning Candle" courtesy of nuchylee /

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  1. Hi K R,

    I am just visiting. I like your take on the prompt. It's always interesting to see how everyone responds -- how different we are as writers.

    Feisty Cat

    1. Welcome!

      You can visit anytime. And please feel free to comment, question, criticize, point out spelling/grammar/format errors, etc. That's one of the reasons I do this - to improve my writing.

      I also find it interesting to see how others see the prompt or what springs into their mind. I'm usually surprised at least once each week with an idea that would never have come to me.

      BTW, I also have a feisty cat...

  2. Excellent take on Inspire in a very succinct piece of writing. I hope he finds those matches and where he is!

    1. Thanks! I'd be interested to know where he is, too! Might make an interesting story!

  3. Ha ha, it's funny how often a memory will catch us and change our course, even if it's only words!

  4. A nice example of the old saying. I wish I could remember to do that. Nicely done.

    1. Thanks! I'm sure they'll be other FSF challenges where you can try that out!

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    1. Thanks! Sorry I took so long to publish your comment - running a bit behind these last few days.


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