Every Friday Lisa posts a photo to inspire us. Our job is to write a "blurb" about our as-yet-unwritten book, in 150 words or less. Then, link it to the other stories using Lisa's friend Mr. Linky, and read and comment on the other blurbs.
It's amazing how much this hones the revising skills. I know there are some who can regularly write under the word limit without much effort, but I usually have to do some major slashing and then tightening up to get it at or under 150 words.
|photo by Lynn Obermoeller, a writer as well as a gifted photographer|
The Mystery of Flatt Creek
People still talked about that day at Flatt Creek. Pauline's death was murky like the creek after a terrible storm, and the emotions were as cold as the water's flow in the early spring.
Pauline. Pregnant. Emotionally unstable. Rumors spread that the baby wasn't Virgil's...
Virgil. Short, stout, but formidable nonetheless. Folks avoided him when they could. He'd already committed Pauline to the sanitarium four times...
When Pauline was found in Flatt Creek, face down, two lives were lost. When the neighbors heard a scream that day, after the body was discovered, they wondered if there was a connection. And at the funeral, when someone commented on the long, raking scratch marks on Virgil's arm, he rolled down his shirt sleeves.
Did Virgil kill Pauline in a fit of jealousy? Or did Pauline finally succeed in ending her sad life? And will the truth ever come to the surface? (149 words)
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