Day 153 – Sample – YouChallenge Short Story

“Are you really sure that’s how you want to start it?”

“What do you mean?”

“Well, it’s so, been done before more times than I can think of that’s all,” She says, smiling at him, he looks down at the piece of paper in front of him, and scans over the words and then back up to her, his face shows his confusion.

“I think it works though, I mean, I know it’s been done heaps of times, but, it’s like the classic way to begin a story.”

“But do you really want to be known as that guy?”

“What do you mean by that?”

“Well, don’t you want to be known as the guy who does all that cool shit, not the guy who doesn’t have anything original?”

“I seriously doubt the introduction of one story will make me look like some hack who can’t write his own original shit. I mean, seriously, look at all the shit I’ve got so far.”

“I know, and more people are starting to follow you, which is cool, and scary at the same time scary.”

“Scary?” he asks, turning his head to the side like a confused dog would do.

“Yeah, like, you’ve got to keep everything more original now, the more people come and read your stuff, the more original you need to be.  Answer me this, what do you plan to do with all these stories once you’re done?”

“What do you mean?”

“I mean exactly what I just asked. When this is all over, what are you going to do with all this? What’s your game plan?” She asks.

“I don’t know, maybe throw it all together in a book, or a couple of books. I’m not really sure yet, it’s the last thing on my mind really,” he says as he shuffles in his seat.

She smiles and adjusts her glasses, “So let me get this right, you set out on this journey, and you don’t even have a plan what to with it all once you finish it?”

“Well sort of, but not exactly, I mean, I’ve got ideas, but I don’t have a foolproof plan in place if that’s what you’re asking. I’m more concerned with getting to the end first, after that I’ll see what happens.”

“What, you’re expecting people to come knocking on your door or something?”

“I guess something like that. You know, I started this to get noticed, to show what I’ve got to offer, to put myself out there, and honestly I believe that somewhere along the way it will happen.”

“Really? That seems pretty out there, I think you need a solid game plan, one that’ll knock people’s socks off. Otherwise, you’re just wasting your time and you might as well just rehash other people’s work instead of spending the time writing all this cool shit you do.”

“I think you’re over reacting, it’s not like I’m ripping anyone person off, heaps of people use it.”

“So, do you?”

“Well, I don’t know, but how many ways can you fucking write, once upon a time?”



The challenge was, ‘once upon a time…’

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