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Writing Resources from Fifteen Minutes of Fiction

The following is a piece of writing submitted by Scribbler on November 14, 2008
"An Elizabethan sonnet (I hope) written after I couldn't get started on a short story."

On writing a short story

The writer sits at desk with pen in hand
With paper at the ready for his tale.
But things are not proceeding as he’d planned-
Perhaps his authorship is doomed to fail.

He tries so hard to catch the story’s thread.
Where does it start? And then where does it end?
The words are whirling through his muddled head
Do actions not on former ones depend?

And whether life is hard and filled with strife,
Or one of ease with joy and bubbly froth,
The sequence of events that builds a life
Weaves in and out to form the final cloth.

And now the more I come to think upon it,
I see that I have written my first sonnet.

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