Sunday Photo Fiction




Great, my story’s finished!

Oh dear, it’s a bit long. I’m double the 200-word limit. Some editing required methinks.

So, out goes the second paragraph. It’s not really necessary. Without it, paragraph three has nothing to relate to, so that can go too. Great, it’s shrinking.

If I make the title really descriptive I won’t need the first few sentences. Actually, I may as well strike the whole paragraph. Let’s see? Yes, that works. Then if I use a picture of what’s happening I won’t need to describe it.

Paragraph three has too many flowery phrases. Loads of words can disappear without altering the story. Trouble is, some of the sentences now look a little basic, naked even! I’m not happy with them. I’ll knock it out completely. That’s better. The ending doesn’t make sense now so much has gone, so I’ll dump that too. There it goes!

Right, done. I hope you enjoy the story!

Oh! It’s gone! Just the title and picture remain and they are not really needed without a story. Guess I’ll have to start again. Here goes!

Once upon a time (4) there was a  man called Eustace (that’s 10 – 190 to go!) and he was sweeping ………….


Word count 201 (near enough!)



Sunday Photo Fiction is hosted by Susan. C.E.Ayr provided the photo.


23 thoughts on “Sunday Photo Fiction

  1. Christine Goodnough Oct 14, 2018 / 13:57

    “A Day in the Life of a Writer.” You’ve swept your story so clean that we now have lots of time to admire your ‘photo-fix’ skills. 🙂

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  2. ceayr Oct 14, 2018 / 14:20

    Glad you found my photo so inspiring, Keith!
    Very funny, and often true.

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  3. Iain Kelly Oct 14, 2018 / 17:03

    I was just settling in to that story. Sounds like it had been properly edited…

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  4. michael1148humphris Oct 14, 2018 / 17:52

    But I wanted to read this story😉

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  5. hilarymb Oct 14, 2018 / 18:52

    Well done Keith – you’ve cobbled it … poor old Eustace … but fun to read and then see the pic – cheers Hilary

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  6. Abhijit Ray Oct 15, 2018 / 08:28

    You have swept away many unnecessary words, lines and paragraphs. Very apt post considering the prompt.

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  7. JS Brand Oct 15, 2018 / 11:10

    Very cleverly done Keith. I had a similar dilemma – a complete story, but with 379 words, and only a few minutes to edit and post before going out – I chopped and ended up posting a pile of pap (which I could argue was a literal fit with the prompt, except that pile was tidier).
    Your solution was much more imaginative and funny too.

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  8. Susan Oct 16, 2018 / 01:25

    What a clever take on the prompt. You have described the writing process to a “T”. Good job.

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  9. anuragbakhshi Oct 16, 2018 / 05:41

    Ha ha ha. Once upon a time, there was a man called Eustace, and he was sweeping the frown, right off the reader’s face 🙂

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