“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.” -Stephen King


The Red Door, by Katana Leigh

What an interesting week!  Z.B. & Jacob wrote not two, but four new stories.

After the first hour of writing, both writers experienced issues dedicating themselves to the story in front of them — often deliberating between two entirely different stories within the same prompts. That lesser commitment resulted in two comparatively uninteresting stories. Deciding to give it a second shot with brand new prompts and another hour on the clock, both writers went at it again. Though they might not be much more proud of their second attempts, there’s no denying the writing — they had infinitely more fun.

Ultimately, despite the lack of inspiration, both writers dedicated themselves to the task in front of them and did what all writers must: They wrote.

Jacob’s first piece Frames, is about how even simple acts are hard to accomplish when you are depressed. His second piece, How to Silence that Voice in your Head, is a how to guide that delves into dark fantasy. His Prompts for both:


  1. “…and that was the moment everything changed.”
  2. Sun worship
  3. Buying eyeglasses

How to Silence that Voice in your Head

  1. Magic amulet
  2. Scientist
  3. A self help book

ZB wrote the non-self-help guide How to Run a Marathon first. It is a story about a man’s weakness when faced with an insurmountable task. His second piece, Catching the Sun, is the type of story you would tell a child at bedtime. His prompts:

How to Run a Marathon

  1. Bicyclist
  2. A deflated balloon
  3. Male vulnerability

Catching the Sun

  1. Theft
  2. Sunlight
  3. Self-doubt

Marathon, by Simon Fairless


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