What It’s Like Writing for The Writer’s Arena

FrustrationDay One: What is this? This isn’t a prompt. What kind of prompt is this? This makes no sense. I have to make a story out of this? This sounds like an Albert prompt. Great. I got an Albert prompt. Just great. Well, I have ten days. I’m sure something will come to me.

Day Two: Oh god I’m so screwed. This is it. I’m done. I have nothing. I could bolt. Nobody knows who I am anyway, they all say this this is Tony’s idea. It’s definitely time to think about packing up and running away and starting a new identity as an engraver so I have easy access to etching acids to dissolve the various bodies I’m sure to create as I attempt to erase my past.

Day Three: Hm. Well I have one idea for a story that might work.

Day Four: 500 words in. This could definitely work.

Day Five: Another 500 words. Is this working?

Day Six: Another 500 words. This isn’t working. I hate this story.

Day Seven: “Siri, where is the best place to find a job as an engraver? Ah. I see. Uhh…Siri, what the hell does an engraver do?”

Day Eight: Well, that’s certainly a first draft of something. The ending kind of popped together there at the last minute, definitely made it suck less.

Day Nine: So many rewrites and polishes…my eyes are going to fall out of my head. I don’t even know anymore with this story. Does it even fit the prompt? Whatever, that was an Albert prompt anyway. I’ve just been over this thing so many times I have no idea if it’s good or bad or even what it is.

Day Ten: I handed in my story…man I can’t wait until my next prompt!


Joseph Devon is the author of Probability Angels, Persistent Illusions, a denizen of The Writer’s Arena, and the crazy person who decided to do the 26 Stories in 52 Weeks project.


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  1. Whatever works! You guys have been putting out some seriously good stuff here. Keep up the good work.

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