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Friday Freewrite #17 – Door

October 14, 2011

Freewriting is an exercise in timed, stream of consciousness writing. It’s a fun and useful activity for writers of all types. Every week, I’ll provide a prompt as a springboard for freewriting. For more information on what freewriting is all about and how to do it, see this post.


Today’s prompt is a first line:

“The door would not open…”


I hope this prompt has stirred some interesting thoughts and ideas for you! Freewriting is inherently messy and sometimes deeply personal, but if you feel comfortable sharing your results, please post as little or as much as you’d like in the comments.

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  1. October 14, 2011 4:12 pm

    The door would not open, no matter how hard Cyrus push against it. He tried for ten minutes before Lilly came over and finally got him to walk away.
    “It’s not worth the bruises, Cyrus.”
    “But there could be something wonderful back there!”
    “Or there could be nothing back there but a crusty old mop and some bleach.”
    “Either way, they could be interesting artwork. Splash bleach on some painted canvas to see what happens to the paint. It could be the best thing ever.”
    “Or it could cause a chemical reaction that releases poisonous gases.”
    “You’re so negative, Lilly. Relax a bit. Try to think more creatively. See the beauty in the old crusty mop.”
    “Oh, fine, whatever. Break down the door if you have to.”
    “Thank you. I will.’ Cyrus found a sledgehammer and smashed a hole in the door. He peaked through and saw some old canvas paintings inside. “Hmm, I wonder who did these.”

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