Archive for September, 2006

Haiku #19 Emu Parade

Strutting regally
Father Emu leads
Pyjama-striped children.

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Copyright 2006 Trevor W. Hampel

Just a thought

What kind of soup do chickens have when they are feeling sick??

Seven Short Story Starters

The last time I wrote a list of Sixteen Scintillating Short Story Starters they were very popular – if my site stats are to be believed. It seems plenty of people were looking for story ideas.

So here goes with a new list, this time only seven. Why only seven? I’m tired, I’ve been busy and the day is going quickly. If this is not enough, let me know in the comments section and I’ll try to do more next week.


If the brain is not overloaded too much!

Seven Short Story Starters:

  1. I think I shall never forget Angela. Especially that fateful day when she…
  2. John is not one to suffer fools easily. Only last week he…
  3. “How could you do that?” asked Jennifer. “I always thought that you…”
  4. I didn’t realise I was so close to the railway track until I heard the roar of the engine bearing down on where I stood crouched. How could I…
  5. “Stop!” interrupted Tim. “I think I can see the problem. Why don’t we…”
  6. “There is no use running. There is nowhere to go.” Don paused to allow his statement to sink in. “You might as well sit down and rest. Then we…”
  7. I’d never seen an elephant outside of a zoo. As I faced the monster in front of me…


  • Feel free to use any of the story starters listed above.
  • Give it your best shot.
  • Edit your work carefully before sending it off to a publisher or posting it on your blog.
  • Let me know in the comments section how it went.
  • If you publish your story on your web site or on your blog let me know so I can make a link to it for others to read.

Just a thought

What do butterflies get in their stomachs when they feel nervous??


Are you a failure?

Writers are often, by nature, an introspective lot.

Navel gazers.

I would guess that many have a reasonably poor self image. This is compounded by depression, something some well-known writers and many not-so-well-known writers suffer constantly from – or at least periodically.

A sense of failure as a writer can be only a fleeting thought away. A regular barrage of rejection letters from publishers fans the flames of feeling a failure.

Consider then this quote from Ashleigh Brilliant:

You’re never a total failure while someone believes in you – even if the only someone is you.

Believe in yourself.

Hard to do when you are feeling down.

Hard to do when you are feeling rejected.

Hard to do when failure looms strong in your mind.

The Magic of Momentum

A writer who has a sense of failure also lacks momentum. Momentum is interesting. It takes a huge amount of energy to get a train moving, but once it is moving it takes far less energy to keep it moving. It seems as if momentum creates an energy of its own.

Start writing – and keep writing. It may be just rubbish at first, but eventually the momentum of the very act of writing creates its own energy. Then the creative energy is released and the words begin to flow. Get those blog entries posted. Send out those poems or stories to publishers. Keep writing, writing, writing.

And when a negative comment appears on your blog, or a rejection letter comes from a publisher, they’d better get out of the way. This ol’ train’s gonna crash right through them.