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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Writing (01/11/07)

TITLE: The Ready Writersí Writing Helpline
By Caitlynn Lowe


Receptionist: Hello, youíve reached Ready Writersí Writing Helpline, how may we help you today?

Caller: Hello? Yes, Iím afraid Iíve got quite a problem...I donít know...I think it might already be too late, but John gave me your number and said I should call...

Receptionist: Donít worry, sir. This helpline specializes in fixing even the most severe problems that a writer can run into. Now what seems to be the problem?

Caller: Well, you see, I was writing my newest story, when suddenly I discovered something horrible.

Receptionist: Oh? And what might that be?

Caller: I...that is...I couldnít...uh...

Receptionist: Sir, Iím afraid Iím going to have to ask you to calm down. Take a deep breath...

Caller: (inhales deeply)

Receptionist: Good. Now exhale...

Caller: (exhales)

Receptionist: Alright. Now, what did you discover as you were writing?

Caller: It was my Muse...somehow...I donít know, it just...vanished.

Receptionist: Donít worry, sir. Here at Ready Writersí Writing Helpline, we have some of the greatest M.I.D.ís on staff.

Caller: Uh...M.I.D.ís?

Receptionist: Muse and Inspiration Detectives. Iíll transfer you over to one right now.

Caller: Thank you very much.

(Dial tone rings for a few moments.)

Detective: Hello, this is Detective Kirke speaking. What seems to be the problem?

Caller: Itís my Muse, Detective. I seem to have misplaced it somewhere and I canít write my newest story without it.

Detective: Alright, Mister...

Caller: Oh, uh, Lewis.

Detective: Mr. Lewis. Well Mr. Lewis, what kind of story are you writing?

Caller: Fantasy.

Detective: (chuckles) That explains it. Those fantasy-type Muses are a rascally bunch. But theyíre also some of the easiest to find after misplacing them. Tell me, Mr. Lewis, when was the last time you remember seeing your Muse?

Caller: Hmm...I remember coming back from the store a few evenings ago. My Muse was with me then. I had a lot of packages in my hand, and the snow on the ground made it slippery out. I couldnít quite tell where I was going and -- well -- I bumped into a lamp post and fell down. I gathered all my packages up and left, but...I donít remember having my Muse with me after that.

Detective: Well Mr. Lewis, I think I know where your Muse is.

Caller: Really, Detective?! Where can I find it?

Detective: Just go back to the lamp post. Itís as simple as that. Your Muse will be waiting for you there, Iím sure of.

Caller: Oh, thank you Detective! I donít know how Iíll ever be able to repay you!

Detective: No problem, the pleasureís all mine.

Caller: I know what Iíll do! Iíll name one of my characters after you.

Detective: (laughs) Alright, Mr. Lewis, if you insist.

Caller: Oh, I do. Thank you again, Detective.

Detective: Youíre welcome. Have a good day now, and good luck with that story of yours.

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Jan Ackerson 01/20/07
Clever idea!
Marilyn Schnepp 01/20/07
Ditto Jan's comment, "clever idea"...but it needs an ending? You've left your reader dangling! First rule of writing is to satisfy your reader!! However...great dialogue and I repeat "Clever Idea"!
Marilyn Schnepp 01/20/07
PS: I'd hate to be the Receptionist and have to answer the phone with that Tongue Twister..."Ready Writers' Writing Helpline"...try it! Wow. lol
Joanne Sher 01/21/07
Fun piece! Would this be a reference to that wonderful apologist and writer of children's books (a new movie of which came out recently)? Do I get a gold star??? ;)

ANYHOW - I definitely enjoyed this one. Such fun little details really make this one.
Leigh MacKelvey01/21/07
I liked this clever writing! I would like to read a bit more at the end, but I still thoroughly enjoyed it. Good job.
Sara Harricharan 01/24/07
Hilarious! You had me laughing ALL the way through, even my brother liked this. Very creative and orginal. Loved the part with the detective-a bit of mystery is always perfect!
william price01/24/07
Way kool! Very enjoyable. Liked the format. I like reading a piece where its author wasn't afraid to stretch from the norm. Refreshing and inspiring. God bless.