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The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances; if there is any reaction, both are transformed.

– C. G. Jung

Quote for the Day

It is necessary to write, if the days are not to slip emptily by.  How else, indeed, to clap the net over the butterfly of the moment?  For the moment passes, it is forgotten; the mood is gone; life itself is gone.  That is where the writer scores over his fellows:  he catches the changes of his mind on the hop. 

~Vita Sackville-West

Spare Parts – 55 words

The nurse lifted up the infant as its tiny lungs pushed the air out, releasing the first of a thousand cries it would utter in its captive life.

“This one’s perfect too.” The doctor said. “It’s exactly like the others.”

“How many more?” the nurse said.

“That’s the beauty of cloning…as many as I like.”

Eye Contact – 55 words

“How did you and Daddy meet?” The little girl asked.

“At a country dance; it was in a barn. Sawdust and hay were everywhere and I got dust in my eyes.”

“I don’t understand, Mummy. What does that have to do with it?”

“He only came over because he thought I was winking at him.”

Writing Prompt: At the Station

As I sat at Waverley Station this evening, a thought occurred to me. You could find so much conflict in a train station, and what is a story without conflict? There are so many people milling about, rushing from point A to point B that it is inevitable that they will run into trouble sooner or later. Even the inanimate objects in a station seem designed to irritate us, the sticky seats, the inoperable touch screens of the ticket machines, the barriers that never take your perfectly flat ticket when you’re in a hurry…

The heart of every story is the conflict. There needs to be something for our characters to consider and resolve for action to move forward. If there is no action, there is no story. It does not necessarily follow that conflict has to be as complicated as an argument. Conflict for a character can be something as simple as trying to find a birthday gift for someone five minutes before the party, but I’ve always found conflict between people far more interesting.

Try this, construct conflict for a person or persons to overcome in a train station. I’ve pulled together some words and phrases  to get you started. Pick a couple and see what you can create.

1. The photobooth

2. The drunk guy on the train

3. The left luggage counter

4. Jumping the queue

5. Running for the last train

Writing Prompt: At the Station

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