100 Word Challenge – Week 51.1: One Line at a Time

It began with one.

A simple blot on the parchment. Yet even that much made his quill shake.  He had dreamt of this moment for what felt like a lifetime, formed and re-formed the words in his brainpan. He’d seen the thoughts prance in dreams and mix the myriad mortal moments into mush.  So now, to hesitate on the beginnings of greatness?

Could there be no worse insult to his trade? To her, whom this dedication was written to?

It would not be so.

Finally, the line was drawn from the congealing ink as the poet began his trade “To thee, my beloved Beatrice…”


It happens to all of us, somewhere in our hobbies or careers. That dreaded moment when the words seem to get lost between brain and paper. So how do you overcome that? Well, here’s how the process seems to work for me most of the time.

16 thoughts on “100 Word Challenge – Week 51.1: One Line at a Time

  1. Mayumi-H says:

    Nice work, Shade! Flowery in this case really sets the mood of your narrator: caught between his perceived mediocrity and his desire for greatness, for the sake of the woman he loves. I really like the alliteration, too: mix the myriad mortal moments into mush. Again, it’s not suitable for every situation, but, here, it works beautifully. 🙂

  2. ooh brilliant piece- im struggling this week putting pen to paper! good use of the prompt 🙂

  3. Delft says:

    Beautiful. You can almost smell the parchment.
    Question: wouldn’t it be “To Thee”?

  4. Nicely done. I liked the idea of a brainpan… made me think of something not human at first.

  5. I really hate when there is a glitch between hand and brain. I really love when pen meets paper and seems to bypass brain and flow through heart. Such a true piece.

    • It really is an amazing feeling just watching the words appear knowing that they are just gushing from your hand. Now it just needs to happen more often.
      Thanks for the feedback!

  6. ventahl says:

    Dedication’s what you need, if you want to be record breaker! Who said that? Betray your age.

    • I think that was Roy Castle. Good times.
      And it’s true, even the silliest records still require determination. And that just isn’t easy.
      I’m glad you liked it!

  7. lorrainefort says:

    Simple to follow and, like anna, I thought it was going to be non-human but the idea of the brainpan is thought provoking in itself. 🙂 Thanks for sharing; i got stuck on my idea and ended up stealing the storyline… but in my own words. LOL!

  8. Gilly Gee says:

    Excellent, I love the way you weave words.

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