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Writer’s Clue for #StaD May; Day Four

Hello there, and welcome to my Story a Day May “Show My Work” post! This is where I give you a sneak peek into how I’m creating two (very short, and very different) stories, every day this May. Yep, that’s right; less than 24 hours from my first reading of the prompt to a committed story, even if I’m not quite that fast at posting them!

Ready to read?

Well then, what are we waiting for?

Story A Day May 4 prompt,  by writer LJ Cohen. 

Let’s play Writer’s Clue! Stories are about a person in a place with a problem. We can use the basic structure (modified to inject conflict) from the game.

For this story, write about Mx [1. a non-gendered title, in case you’re wondering. Now I’m wondering how to pronounce it…].___________ in the _________ room with a __________.

You can choose ordinary places or objects, or magical ones, you can set your story in the past, present, or future. It doesn’t need to follow the plot structure of the game in that there’s a murder you are solving; this is just a way to give a story a kick start.

For example, from one of my stories: Ms. Ro Maldonado in the derelict ship’s bridge with a malfunctioning AI. Change any one of the choices, and you have a different story.

Main Project Premise:

  • Marilyn in the bathroom at her father’s house, with a zippered case and a pregnancy test.

Fleshing Out the Premise:

  • Seventeen year-old Marilyn Martin has just peed on a stick, and she has to wait three minutes to find out if her life has changed. Three minutes to feel sick with worry at everything that’s going to fall apart if she’s pregnant. Or… three minutes– just enough time for…

Favorite Bit of Three Minutes

She doesn’t want to set the stick down on the spotless, shining counter. She arranges the box so she can rest it there, and her fingers trail away, off to the zippered case that’s the only other thing in this room that truly belongs to her.

Standard disclaimer. I don’t own them, I don’t profit from them, but they insist on telling me their stories, so I’m sharing them with you.

Side Project Premise:

  • Trip Tucker at Jonathan Archer’s apartment with his sister Elizabeth, attempting to plot an escape.

Word List:

    Anonymous Donor:

    • stakeout
    • tart
    • handcuffs
    • SNAFU
    • tap dancing
    • spaceboot
    • proctologist
    • illicit
    • hogtied
    • genitalia

    Fleshing Out the Premise:

    • Trip Tucker has received a postcard purportedly from his Starfleet career, but which he knows is actually a not-so veiled attempted attack by one or more of his accusers. He wants to go to the named meeting place and pull the rug out from under that plan, but first, he’s got to get past his sister Elizabeth – which could very well prove much harder to accomplish.

    Favorite Bit of SNAFU” 

    “What’s this, Lizzie? A stakeout?”

    “The name’s Elizabeth.

    “Such a tart mouth – hey! What’s with the handcuffs?”

    To see this story in full, as it posts, visit my page

    And, if you’d like to learn more about Julie Duffy  and Story A Day May, click the links and learn away!


    I am myself. I own my life, and live with three other people who own theirs. My intention is to do only those things that bring me joy, and to give myself wholly to those things I do. Writing has been my passion throughout my life, and this will become the home for my writing life...because it brings me great joy!

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