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The Novelist

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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 Forrester is a twenty-four year old writer trying to be a better one. Don’t ask her what her hobbies are because the list doesn’t get much beyond, reading, writing and talking about the same. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University and various poems and stories scattered across the net. 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’s. Most recently, her poem ‘Sunsets’ was featured on Eyes Plus Words, and her personal blog Writing and Works hosts a mass of writing from across the last five years. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and is always open to writing more and hosting guest bloggers here on Writing and Works. With hopes of publishing a novel in the next five years and perhaps a collection or two of smaller works, Carol Forrester is nothing if not ambitious. Her writing tries to cover every theme in human life and a lot of her work pulls inspiration from her own eccentric family in the rural wonders of Shropshire life.


  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.



    • 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. 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. 🙂

  10. 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!

  11. 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.

  12. 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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