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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Persuasion (not about the book) (09/01/11)

TITLE: The Influence Of Sugar’s Shenanigans
By Corinne Mann


I stare at the computer with a blank page in front of my tired and weary eyes. No ideas rousing as to where to begin. It has been almost one hour and nothing. I stop and pray for the words to come. Nothing happens. Dissuasion threatens to strangle whatever chance is left of writing anything at all.

Oh well, I can’t do this right now. There are so many mind distractions. Thoughts are scattered with too many of them swarming around like lost honey bees. Not one of them staying long enough to start anything it seems. Emergence of creative ideas are nowhere in sight.

Leaving my big dark wood desk and the computer screen that holds the empty page, I go to the kitchen to make a cup of coffee hoping inspiration will soon come. My eyes are looking around in an effort to survey my surrounding for something imaginative to generate in my mind that I can write about. A splash of a creative idea to penetrate the writing barrier I am experiencing would be nice.

As I drink my tea, a not-so-good mood is beginning to weigh me down. Queries inhabit in my mind concerning whether or not I am a skilled writer at all.

Bang! Thump!

I begin investigating the sound. The mysterious noise now discovered as I see my plant upside down on the floor. The leaves are fanning out in all different directions and dirt from the pot is all over the place. Off frightened and huddled in the corner is my fluffy white cat Sugar. She is covered with plant soil; her big startled eyes present me with a defiant stare.

Sugar gets a bath and is now curled up in a ball asleep peacefully. The floor is cleaned up and my ill-treated plant put back together. Discouragement is now lifting and being replaced with several light-hearted humorous notes from the falling plant episode. It was the wiles of my cat that urged me out of the disposition preventing from knowing what to write about.

I go back to my computer and begin to write a children’s short story about the event. After a few hours of writing and polishing my work “Sugar The Naughty Kitty” was born.

As it turned out the plant incident was significantly influential in coaxing me out of my writer’s block quandary.

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CD Swanson 09/08/11
Awww this was a cute story, I enjoyed it! Nice job, God Bless~
James Robbins09/09/11
Your character goes to the kitchen to make a cup of coffee then enjoys her tea? Now that's frazzled. Been there - Done that!

Inspiration strikes in the strangest places doesn't it? It can't be forced. It just happens.

I enjoyed your confession - I mean story. I think Sugar will make a great children's story.
Tracy Nunes 09/11/11
Unlocking the words in our hearts, the words God wants us to type, is a mysterious process indeed. If He can use a donkey, He can certainly use a kitty! Nice job!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 09/11/11
God works in mysterious ways. I love how your cat becomes your inspiration nicely done.