Creative Writing, Fiction, Horror, Writing

The Hitchhiker 

   This past week, I wrote a piece of flash fiction for a writing competition. The prompt was something along the lines of creating a story that had two serial killers, one picked up by the other while hitch hiking.   Unfortunately, it didn’t win, which is fortunate for you because you get to read it. I like doing these prompt based assignments because they usually get me to write a quick story that I never would have thought of. They tend to break me out of my comfort zone and let me flex the old creative muscle.  

  I think what I came up with works pretty well but you all can be the judges. Let me know what you think in the comments. Stay Focused and Write On!

               The Hichhiker

I picked him up walking in the rain on a country road. I told him my name was Jeff. It’s not like he’ll ever know I lied.

Someone finally picked me up after getting soaked for over an hour. He told me his name was Jeff. I lied too and gave the name Carl.

I made small talk with Carl to try to put him at ease and turned up the heat to help him dry out.

We chatted about nonsense. I made up an elaborate backstory, complete with an ex stealing my car. Why not have a little fun with this one?

Carl is laying it on thick. When you’ve done this as many times as me, you learn to judge people pretty quick. I won’t feel bad when this is over.

Jeff, or whatever his name is, is getting tense. He might be on to me. But he’s a liar. That makes it so much easier.

Just a little longer and we’ll be at my favorite spot. He’ll fit right in with the others. I think he’s catching on. Going to have to do it quick. I’m starting to get excited.

What a perv! I think he’s getting the wrong idea. We’re almost to a secluded enough spot. I think I’ll take the cross necklace he keeps fidgeting with as a souvenir.

Why does he keep eyeing my cross?Probably a thief too. I can’t stand thieves. I just need to keep him talking for a few more minutes.

Man, this Jeff guy sure does talk a lot. I can’t wait to shut him up. Only a few more minutes. Then he’s done.

Yes, there’s the tree that marks the edge of my collection. Better get ready. What’s he fidgeting with over there?

Just have to get my knife ready. The blade is nice and sharp. One quick swipe and it will be over. I can’t wait to feel the warmth of his blood washing over my hands. He’s nervous. Good. 

Old Carl won’t know what hit him when I stick him with my syringe. I can’t wait to see his eyes darting around when he realizes he’s paralyzed. That tattoo of a wolf on his forearm will make a nice addition to my mural. 

We’ve gone far enough. It’s now or never.

This is the spot. Time to do this.

One.

Two.

Three.

That bastard just cut me.

Damn, he managed to stick me with something.

Getting weak. Can’t stop the bleeding.

Having trouble moving.

Not how I planned this at all.

Wonder how long before someone finds us.

Carl’s going to get some of the credit for my work.

They’re going to think we worked together.

At least the chemicals will eventually kill him.

At least he’ll go before me.

Everything’s getting hazy.

So hard to move.

My mural.

My souvenirs.

This…

…wasn’t….

…supposed…

…to…

…happen…

…like…

…this.

He…beat…me!

I beat him!

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Creative Writing, Fiction, Writing, Writing Excercises

Reinvigorate 

   It’s been a bit since my last blog because I’ve been a little busy. I surprised my girlfriend with a weekend getaway to Gatlinburg. We finished off the trip with a stop at one of the casinos on our way home. Then we went to see the band Imagine Dragons. We had a fun filled few days with whiskey, moonshine, gambling, music, and lots of walking. Now it’s time to get back to it.

   I said it in a previous blog, but I think it’s important enough to say again. You have to get out there and experience what the world has to offer. As writers, we can’t always lock ourselves away and not interact with the world. It’s a great way to reinvigorate yourself to continue the oftentimes lonely and solitary journey that is writing.

   Besides recharging the creative batteries, getting out there gives us an abundance of information and images to draw on for whatever writing we choose. It’s a great way to get out of a writing rut and tear down the walls of writers block. I know this weekend has supplied me with all sorts of details, images, and snippets of conversations that have been stashed away for future use. It’s anyone’s guess when and how they’ll resurface.

   Feel free to share how you recharge your creative energy in the comments section. Stay Focused and Write On!

  

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Books, Non-fiction, Writing

A Must Read

   Another week is in the books. I’m a little late on posting a new blog because I’ve been a little under the weather and haven’t felt too inclined to mess with social media or much of anything.

  The good news is I have a poem being published in a literary magazine. I’ll add all the details when it comes out.

  This week I have another must read. I just finished reading Terry Pratchett’s, A Slip of the Keyboard. Let me say, if you’re serious about writing, like Terry Pratchett’s work, or just want a good read, then this is the book to read.

  
   A Slip of the Keyboard is a collection of Sir Pratchett’s non-fiction work. It is full of wit, humor, writing insights, and somewhat autobiographical. I didn’t want to stop reading. If you read close enough, there are tons of little kernels of writing wisdom and advice to be found.

  The road to success has been paved by those that came before us. Why not learn from them, from their style, from the roads they had to travel to becoming successful.  

  My one big regret while reading this book was that I hadn’t read more of Sir Pratchett’s works before picking up this book. When I finished, I closed the book feeling a bit saddened that it was over and that the world has lost such a brilliant and talented writer.

  Stay Focused and Write On!

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