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I stared at it, a blank document awaiting the etching of my cursor’s font. A theme, I need a theme. The page stared back at me, a reflection of my mental state. Nothing, nothing. Resentment grew at my creative inadequacy. Where the hell did my ideas go?
“Shit!”
I grabbed my mouse and moved its pointer over the inevitable [X] in the upper right of the new document. I imagined poets and novelists of years past staring at equivalent pieces of blank paper, ripping them out of notepads or typewriters in symbolic gestures of destruction, hoping a phoenix would be reborn from the ashes of false starts. I clicked, and my impotent ‘Document 1’ disappeared back into the electron sea.



[File] [New]


I stared at it, a blank document awaiting the etching of my cursor’s font. I sipped on my fountain drink hoping for the spark that came from overly caffeinated synapses. Nothing, nothing. I sighed, and then with my teeth added a few more notches on my straw. Just start writing, it will come. My fingers began an unsteady trot of keystrokes. ‘A detective walks out the door and into the night’…ugh cliché. ‘It’s one of those hot nights, the sticky kind. You could bathe in it.’…where is this going? ‘Inspector Billy Borne pulled his pistol from his trench coat--’…ok, a trench coat? And that’s the worst name I’ve ever heard. ‘--and cocked it, ready for action’…oh God kill me, kill me please.


“Shit!”


I grabbed my mouse and moved its pointer over the inevitable [X] in the upper right of the new document….



[File] [Open]
Maybe if I finished one of my old projects… ‘Untitled 13’
Precious words filled the screen. Ok, they don’t really fill the page, but they almost touch the bottom.
[Tools] [Word Count]
234
Ok, I left off where the heroine had just killed her adulterous lesbian lover. Just wrap it up. ‘The pool of blood formed a complete circle around her naked body. Christine saw her own reflection in that pool, a crimson image that made her look like a demon; perhaps she was!’
[Tools] [Word Count]
267
‘Christine smiled, a wide horrific smile. She raised the knife, still dripping with the blood of her one time lover, and plunged it into her gut. The smile never left her face.’
[Tools] [Word Count]
299
One more word, just one more.


‘End’
[File] [Save]

I stared at it, my finished document. I read it over, and then I read it again.
“Shit!”
Sudden inspiration took hold of me, a spark of intuition unlike any I’d had all day, or even all year. I grabbed my mouse and moved its pointer over the inevitable [X]. I opened My Documents and found the file ‘Untitled 13’, highlighted and then deleted it.


I left the computer and grabbed an old paperback. I turned the novel’s pages to where I’d left my bookmark. Like that bookmark I’ve found my place. Those who can’t do, read.

End


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"I must create my own system, or be enslaved by another man's"-William Blake



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The following comments are for "Writer's Block"
by Malthis

blockade
Malthis...I'm with you on this one! I love how you repeated the lines about the blank page and the "inevitable [X]". AS I was reading over this, I was with you the whole way. You don't know how many times I've sat at my computer doing that exact same thing...usually when I really need to write too.

"Precious words filled the screen. Ok, they don’t really fill the page, but they almost touch the bottom."

I had to say I really appreciated that line...I think that alot. "Filling the page" becomes a rather ambigious term. ;) Take care.

( Posted by: Darkshine Raven [Member] On: February 21, 2004 )

flash fiction?
Though its a good read why is it in flash fiction am i missing something?

( Posted by: RightingIt [Member] On: February 22, 2004 )

Two Things
First. Malthis, a good read. I thought the use of the [File] was really good, and I liked how you compared your frustrations to those of readers past. Also, I've been doing a lot of reading lately. Heh.

RightingIt, Flash Fiction is a pretty vague designation. It's either if your piece isn't long enough to be "fiction" fiction, or if you feel it doesn't delve deep enough to be "fiction" fiction.

( Posted by: Washer [Member] On: February 22, 2004 )

every writer's nightmare
how many times have any one of us been in that exact state of mind? it's always nice to read something and think 'i know exactly how that feels'.. the blank page.. the unfinished story..

have to agree about the use of computer commands.. very nice touch.. and the ending is great.. but i think that after putting that book down.. first thing you'd do is go right back to your computer :)

( Posted by: pixie [Member] On: February 23, 2004 )

reading
Well, I've had writer's block myself. So, it's interesting to read this.

( Posted by: Stefanie [Member] On: April 3, 2004 )





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