Monday, September 5

200 Word Challenge

I decided, while I kinda doubt this'll be updated all that often. ANYWHO!!

As you know, I'm participating in the Third Writers' Platform-Building Campaign. Our first of 3 challenges is:

Write a short story/flash fiction story in 200 words or less, excluding the title. It can be in any format, including a poem. Begin the story with the words, “The door swung open” These four words will be included in the word count.If you want to give yourself an added challenge (optional), use the same beginning words and end with the words: "the door swung shut." (also included in the word count)For those who want an even greater challenge, make your story 200 words EXACTLY!

Well, being me.. I really wanted to do all three, as so many others that I've checked out from my group(s) cohorts. And so... Here it is, something kinda personal...
The door swung open and the desk lay bare. It gave off a feeling of being dormant, lifeless. This room had once held so much promise and joy... Now, it held nothing but lost dreams.

I moved toward that desk, the one I'd leaned over for years and tried to remember that exhilaration I used to when I'd write. The love of the characters and the story, but it was gone... Dead, like so many of my dreams. 

A small smile crosses my lips as I think of all the agony I'd once put into the simple act of writing. Foolishness... Man wasn't meant to dream. Dreams are just fantasy's. Reality is so very different. You can't control the pain of life, not real pain. You can't solve the problems it offers. 

I look again at the desk and see it's not as empty as I'd once thought. A lone piece of paper lays there, covered in dust. A few simple words reflect in my eyes. 

'Remember, To Lose Your Dreams, Is To Lose Yourself.' 

Somehow, despite it all... My mind springs to life and I sit down, digging for something to write on... 

Behind me, the door swung shut. 

And there you have it. Starts and Ends how the challenge asked and then hit it at EXACTLY 200 words.

^^ Now, off to post it to the challenge Linky. WHEEE!!!!!!