So… what does your fresh, new couple look like?

Welcome to July! Well, actually yesterday was the first day of July, but you know… I had other things on my mind.  Anyway, it’s the first story challenge of the July, and summer is now fully upon us, so I thought I’d try to make this one a little bit special!  You know the rules:  You must write a story of at least a hundred words, and not more than five hundred (if you want to post it as a comment – if it’s just for yourself, then it can be as long as you want).  The story must be about the theme given in this post.  So,  if the theme I give you is Life, don’t write a story about the lord of the underworld.  If the theme is War, don’t write a story about a farmer planting his crops.  Themes are very broad, so it really shouldn’t be hard to stay within a given theme, but I teach, so I know that some people have trouble with this.

Your theme: Burgeoning Love

This could be the beginning of a beautiful relationship! You know what to do, so get to writing!

6 thoughts on “Story Challenge of the Week

  1. She entered the park and wondered if he would be there. They had been meeting there for a few weeks now. It was always at the same time, exactly 3:00 pm every day. Ah, there he was right at the same park bench. She smiled as she hurried toward him. He seemed happy to see her too. She loved to tell him about her day and he was such a great listener. He never complained about his day but seemed to eagerly await her stories. She had really had a bad day. Her new boss was impossible to please! She told him about how unreasonable he had been today. He yelled at her in front of everyone! Her family life wasn’t too much better. She had an overbearing mother always bugging her to meet someone special and get married. Her father was hardly ever home and when he was he was drunk. She had broken up with her boyfriend a few weeks ago, in fact, about the same time she meant Charlie. She told him about the contract that she had lost and how angry her boss was and that she was afraid to answer the phone because her mother was on the warpath again. She told him that she hated living alone. She hugged him and almost started crying when she realized their time was about over. The man was coming toward them. The man smiled and he was holding a puppy. Just before he got to them, she pulled out a dog biscuit and gave it to Charlie as she patted his head. Charlie wagged his tail and licked her hand. The man greeted her and handed her the puppy. He was a miniature version of Charlie! He told her that Charlie wanted her to have one of his puppies! She couldn’t believe it. She didn’t have to be alone anymore. She knew now that this would be the beginning of a beautiful relationship!

    1. I like it! Very nice twist at the end. You aren’t too obvious with it either. I think you could put in more details about the man though. There’s an inkling of a hint that there might just be a special someone, but you leave that entirely up to the reader. I find myself imagining both a man in his late twenties-early thirties who cares about the struggling stranger, and a man in is late seventies who sees a daughter to take care of.

  2. Thank you for; the kind words and also the advice. I kind of envisioned him as a young man too, yet the older man as a father figure is intriguing. I love these challenges, they really get me thinking. This is the first one I responded to. I have taken courses years ago and have always wanted to write, then came up with excuses not to. What it boiled down to is I was afraid..So, I decided to ignore it and go with after all these years, I am writing again and it it a freeing experience! Thanks for your blog, I love it and it is helping me a lot!

    1. Rebecca, glad to be of help, and there is a lot to be afraid of. The rejection rate among writers is very high, and it’s easy to take it personally. However, the one rule I hold fast to is that if I don’t write then I’ll never be read. Some people might not like what I do write, and some people might like it a lot, but if I don’t write, then no one will like what I write. Don’t let the fear get you down, just keep buggering on!

      1. Great point! I don’t think I could quit now..It isn’t that I want to write anymore. I need to write. It is consuming me to the point I will wake up from a very sound sleep because there was a thought that I had to write down. Thoughts to include in this novel that I can’t get out of my head. I am hooked now and excited and I hope others can be as excited by what I write as I am. If I don’t do it, I will never know.

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