Random Acts of Writing: Matchstick

imgresIn honor of NaNoWriMo, I’m  spending the month of November offering you all some writing prompts! Here’s the game: A few times each week I’m posting a picture and a setup. Your task is to write 500 words or less. That’s about a page (single spaced). If you want, you can email me what you come up with (linda dot p dot epstein at gmail dot com) with “writing prompt” in the subject line and I’ll pick a few to post on the blog. Please don’t submit your writing in the comments section, I’m not posting them there. 

imagesHere’s the task: A woman reaches into her pocketbook and pulls out this object. Now write the scene! You can use dialogue, but it should be <50% of the writing. 500 words or less. Go!


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6 responses to “Random Acts of Writing: Matchstick

  1. At the risk of sounding sycophantic, I LOVE your entry!

  2. Pretty evocative/powerful stuff there, Linda. Thanks for sharing! I started writing one as a warm up for today and it began to get very dark and scary, lol. Glad to see you putting something of yours up! 🙂

  3. So I left a comment earlier but I think it broke the Internet because my screen went BLAMO! and then blank. Basically, I was giving you props for a piece well written and for getting a bit dirty, too. Much respect.

  4. Oooooh, nice!
    I’ve got nothing of my own here. Just wanted to say thanks for a rare glimpse into Writer You. xoxo

  5. One of the perks of this being MY blog is that I can post my own writing in response to this prompt in the comments, even as I’ve asked you not to post yours! 🙂 Here’s what I wrote, and please feel free to email me what you’ve written. I’ll post some of the best at the end of the month.


    She reached into her bag
    pulling out
    the strike anywhere match

    And it really could
    Strike her anywhere

    Starting with kindling a fire
    in the hearth of her heart
    which had of late
    grown cold and unused

    Or sparking a bit of understanding
    about the whys and wherefores
    so she might see things in a different light

    Finally the match might
    ignite a flame
    in her panties
    with just a few choice strokes

    Endless flammable
    anywheres that might be a
    suitable frictional surface