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The Novelist

antique-desk[PHOTO PROMPT -Copyright – Jan Wayne Fields]

Sir Edward had started fifty different novels seated at his grandfather’s desk and that was where they all remained. Each one tucked away at various stages of incomplete, to be returned to when he finally found the inspiration to do them justice.
His wife had laughed at him.
“Another one? Really my love, I’m starting to think that your desk may be cursed?”
He shrugged her off with a fresh page, tucking away her scorn with the rest of his words.
“It’s a poet’s desk,” warned his father. “You won’t write much but rhyme.”
“Perhaps,” said Sir Edward, “but there’s still plenty to write.”

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Carol J Forrester is a writer and a history geek. Her debut collection 'It's All In The Blood' came out November 2019. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University, enjoys judo at least twice a week, and tries to attend poetry events around the Midlands when she can. Her flash fiction story ‘Glorious Silence’ was named as River Ram Press’ short story of the month for August 2014 and her short story ‘A Visit From The Fortune Teller’ has been showcased on the literary site Ink Pantry. Her poems ‘Sunsets’ and ‘Clear Out‘ were featured on Eyes Plus Words, and two of her poems were included in the DVerse Poets Pub Publication ‘Chiaroscuro’ which is available for purchase on amazon.Her poem ‘Until The Light Gets In‘ was accepted and published at The Drabble and her poem ‘Newborn’ was published by Ink Sweat & Tears. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and has hosted a number of guest bloggers on her site Writing and Works.


  1. Dear Carol,

    “…tucking away her scorn with the rest of his words.” My favorite line in your story. As a novelist, I relate to all those manuscripts set aside for future inspiration. Nicely done.



    • I’m glad that it struck a chord, I rather liked it myself and it popped up out of nowhere. Thanks for another great prompt.

    • Finding the right end in poetry is still no easy task, but I’ve found it refreshing to return to when I’m stuck or fed up with a novel.

    • My current desk and I have a love hate relationship. I find my best ideas occur in the shower but unfortunately that isn’t where my desk and laptop are.

  2. in my humble opinion, he’s doing ok. after all, how can he finish something he hasn’t even started? the journey to a thousand words begins with a single word.

  3. I have a lot of stories tucked away like that, although most of them are on my hard drive. He should try switching desks and see if it helps.

    • You should see the lengths I’ve gone to to try and keep the creative juices flowing. You’re right, sometimes a change of scenery is the only thing that’s needed.

  4. Carol, Sir Edward could always write a book of writing prompts. It would probably be a good seller. I enjoyed the touch of humor. Well written. 🙂 —Susan

  5. I really liked this and most things I was going to say have been said already, but I must add my love of your line ‘…tucking away her scorn with the rest of his words’

    Nicely done


  6. Perhaps he should call all those starts ‘flash fiction’ and then his wife won’t berate him. Still, he doesn’t seem too unhappy. Nice idea.

  7. shanx says

    There’s plenty to write indeed. Looks like he is happy and let’s hope he finishes this one 🙂

  8. Writing a novel would be a nightmare for me. I like the “poet’s desk” and his shrugging her off with a fresh page:) That’s what it takes. I enjoyed this one.

  9. Pratik Kirve says

    Our mind is more creative than we think it is..!! Yes, there is always more to write!! 🙂

  10. Pat says

    A very interesting read.

    I enjoyed the well written and versed conversation between wife and husband. There is a “lingering” quality to this that I can’t quite explain — but it is pleasant. 🙂

  11. Amy Reese says

    Nicely written, and a great little story tucked away right here. Oh yes, the story we must return to, and I like the idea of the cursed desk. Great job, Carol!

  12. Such a nice take on the prompt. Sometimes it really helps to ‘mothball’ a novel and come back to it later – can provide some objectivity. Loved ‘tucking away her scorn with the rest of his words’ – inspired.

  13. Dear Carol, I like your story and it’s so true, I have countless stories hanging around and I wonder what to do with them. But someone above had a good idea to combine and bind them for prompts – brilliant! Nan

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