FWA Writing Exercise

I subscribe to the Florida Writers Conference Blog and today’s post was for a writing exercise. The details, as well as the result of my exercise, are below.

If you’re a writer and are looking for a great resource for writing ideas and encouragement, I highly recommend you subscribe to the FWC Blog.

To all the guys (and some of the women) reading this, let’s pretend this picture isn’t about the first thing you thought when you saw it. After all, not everything revolves around that.

Pretending then, that the woman in this picture isn’t in the throes of connubial bliss, in 100 words or fewer, what’s happening in this picture. One thing that might make it more interesting is what could be a foot and a pantleg in the background. So what’s happening here? Is she giving birth? Is the Alien bursting forth from her chest, just like John Hurt’s? Is she doing a particularly difficult abs routine?

Figure it out. One hundred words or less in 20 minutes.


It came from out of nowhere.

Sudden, fast, and furious.

As Melissa was finding comfort on her bed, following a shower that followed her work out, it hit her and it hit her hard.

Robbing her lungs of oxygen and making mute the vocal chords in her throat, the abrupt pain from the cramps in both her calves was excruciating. It was as if her muscles had been put into vices, each shut tight with the strength of a hundred men.

Melissa knew the pain would pass, just not quickly enough.

(91 words)
Kudos to my wife Lee for also participating in this exercise. You can check out her submission here.

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