Short Story Writer’s Journal: (May Contain Spoilers)
I got the prompt - Cave - and then fell into a deep hole of not writing a damned word for three days. Too much overthinking and making the story important.
Once I remembered that I am also having a blast writing these stories for me as a reader, and if other folks also happen to like them, well, that’s great, the muse spoke up and we were off to the races.
Throughout this challenge (and forever after, I suspect) I have my writer’s training wheels on and my Learner plates displayed for all to overtake safely on the outside lane haha.
Things started to roll once I cluster mapped the cave concept and ended up with a story idea where the Cave Hill in my home city of Belfast featured promptly.
And the ETs?
Well, story #23 was a first contact tale and I may also have been influenced by Jo Zebedee’s novel, Inish Carraig, which has aliens swarming all over Belfast and N. Ireland. A cracking read, by the way.
(A summary listing of all short stories in this challenge can be found by clicking 52-in-52.)