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Billybuc's Photo Challenge/Prompt: Installment #4

Updated on February 26, 2020

What’s the Point, Bill?

Well there really isn’t any point now is there? Not in the classic sense. I’m not trying to persuade you on some argument. I’m not trying to force my will upon you. I’m simply tossing out photo prompts for your muse. If your muse decides to “pick up the ball and run” that is fantastic. If your muse chooses to totally ignore the prompt and watch another episode of Wheel of Fortune, that’s fantastic as well.

The Value of Prompts

Why use a prompt? What a silly question. Prompts inspire! Prompts awaken our creativity and get our juices flowing. Prompts are good practice, and what writer does not need more practice? And besides, prompts are just fun. I find it invigorating to follow no rules. I love the challenge of creating a story out of a random object. And I love knowing that I am improving my craft and skill by accepting the challenge of a prompt.

So how about you? Are you up for the challenge? Well, then, here is the photo.

Rules/Suggestions

There really are no rules this week. I don’t like rules. I am going to shake this one up a bit and pose this challenge to you: try writing a flash fiction from just this one photograph. Usually I suggest a short story from five photos, so we’re going to shrink things down a bit this week.

Let’s say 500 words or less, okay? Of course, if you want to write a 2,000 word short story, that’s okay too, but try for 500, or even 250, and see what happens.

And that’s it! There are no more suggestions. I hope you have fun with the challenge.

Bill

2020 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      There you go, Lawrence. The seed has been planted.

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      16 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Bill

      Could be a challenge, I had a title come to mind straight away.

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      Bill Holland 

      16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you for taking on the challenge, RoadMonkey. I will head there now to read it.

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      RoadMonkey 

      16 months ago

      Well, I have finally completed a story to meet this prompt! It's called "From The Edge Of Hunger". The start of the story was easy but I had great difficulty deciding on the ending. Hopefully, when you read it, you will see that it could have gone either way.

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      Bill Holland 

      17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Devika! Perhaps you can give it a go???

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      Devika Primić 

      17 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great idea for a challenge hope you get the response from writers ad that writers write the best work. You have creased another opportunity and I love it!

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      Bill Holland 

      17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Sounds good,Alyssa! Thanks for stopping by.

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      Alyssa 

      17 months ago from Ohio

      But I'm still working on #3!! haha! I have it started, but I've stalled out. I love this photo! I might end up completing this one first. :) Thank you for sharing these prompts, Bill! I'll chat with you tomorrow in the comments of the weekly mailbag. Enjoy your Sunday!

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      Bill Holland 

      17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I love that you are working on a podcast, Chris. That's on my to do list. Good luck to ya!

    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Got it and I thank you, my friend!

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      Bill Holland 

      17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It already has, Pamela. We have some great writers at HP.

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      Chris Mills 

      17 months ago from Traverse City, MI

      I'll probably pass this one up. The photos are intriquing, but I am working on my compilation as well as a new podcast where I read my stories online. All of this leaves me with too little time. That makes mne sad. Thank you, Bill, for giving us a pathway to follow. I'm sure you will call it something else.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      17 months ago from Central Florida

      I've just written my response to this challenge, Bill. Here's the link:

      https://letterpile.com/creative-writing/Life-by-Th...

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      17 months ago from Sunny Florida

      I like trains so this photo should result in some interestimg stories.

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      Bill Holland 

      17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Got it and of course, Manatita, it was brilliant.

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      Bill Holland 

      17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I hope you give it a try, Venkatachari M. Best wishes to you.

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      Bill Holland 

      17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Got it and loved it, John! Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 

      17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      When the spirit moves you, Peggy. Until then, thanks for being here.

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      manatita44 

      17 months ago from london

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      Venkatachari M 

      17 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      I should admit the photo inspires me as I have seen many such locomotives during my childhood at the railyards. I may perhaps come up with a short story at my own time.

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      John Hansen 

      17 months ago from Gondwana Land

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      Peggy Woods 

      17 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Ah, the good old days of railroading. This photo prompt of yours should inspire some good posts. I am currently too busy moving articles from my website to HP to take part. Maybe someday!

    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm with you, Linda! There is something intriguing about old trains for sure.

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      Bill Holland 

      17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I look forward to it, Karen! Make sure you let me know when you publish it so I don't miss it.

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      Bill Holland 

      17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Over and out, Alan! :) Thank you Sir!

    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Always love your work, Ann! I'm looking forward to it.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 

      17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It does indeed, Sha! It also shows that I need to find some different pictures. lol

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      Linda Crampton 

      17 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I like your photo, Bill. I think trains are always inspiring, especially old ones.

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      Karen A Szklany 

      17 months ago from New England

      Ooh, the intriguing plots that are forming in my head with this prompt. Thanks, Bill! I will surely write about this...and revisit it, along with some of your other ones.

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      Alan R Lancaster 

      17 months ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      OK Billy boy, "extemporise" ir is. Roger, over and out.

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      Ann Carr 

      17 months ago from SW England

      I remember this pic before too!

      I like your idea of a one-photo challenge and have an idea. I also like the challenge to make it short.

      Away at the moment but will get going on my return.

      Thanks for another nudge for the muse, bill!

      Ann

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      17 months ago from Central Florida

      Bill, I think back in the day, I answered each one of your photo prompt challenges, so I remember. Not trying to keep you in line, my friend. Just shows to go ya how long I've been following you!

    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Leave it to you, Sha, to remember I had used that pic before. What would I do without you keeping me in line? lol

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      Bill Holland 

      17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Just go with the theme if you like, Alan! You did well the last time with the tractor.

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      Bill Holland 

      17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Me too, Liz! Thanks a bunch!

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      Bill Holland 

      17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Glad to hear it, Susan! I hope you take a shot at it.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      17 months ago from Central Florida

      I'll have to see if my muse can take a shot at this one. Years ago, you used this photo with a few others in another of your challenges, to which I responded with a short story.

      Let's see what else my muse's mind can see in this photo!

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      Alan R Lancaster 

      17 months ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      Just a quick question Bill, is it the actual photo itself or the general railway carriage/railway wagon theme we've got to take up the baton on? Btw, I did one on the tractor theme, maybe you could chug along and take a look? TTFN

      Five hundred/250 words or less, eh... Let's see...

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      Liz Westwood 

      17 months ago from UK

      Interesting one. I look forward to reading the stories.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      17 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      I love this picture for inspiration!

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      Bill Holland 

      17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Listen to your muse, Eric! You can always trust her.

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      Bill Holland 

      17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Sometimes boring can be interesting, MzB, but I won't force your muse.

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      Bill Holland 

      17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Devika! I'm looking forward to the responses.

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      Bill Holland 

      17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you John! I'm sure you'll do well with this.

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      Bill Holland 

      17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I see a vivid imagination, Flourish! lol But I like it!

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      Eric Dierker 

      17 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Well this got a strange reaction. My brain said no but my muse said yes. Now I just have to figure out what my muse was saying yes to. Man it gets complicated up there.

      I was born and bred in a railroad town.

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      Doris James MizBejabbers 

      17 months ago from Beautiful South

      I love the photo, Bill. Two of your photo challenges bring out true stories in me, this photo and one previous. However, they are little more than incidents and I think they would be boring. I'll wait and see what the others have to say.

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      Devika Primić 

      17 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A photo of suspense and a challenge for many responses I am sure of that ...Bill.

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      John Hansen 

      17 months ago from Gondwana Land

      Nice pic to work with. Thanks Bill, I will put it to my muse and see what happens.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      17 months ago from USA

      I see that unsuspecting train worker hiding something sinister and surprising like a duffle bag of body parts inside that train. He just looks like that type. I hope he isn’t a friend of yours, Bill.

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      Bill Holland 

      17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I got it and I appreciate it, Will! Well done!

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      WillStarr 

      17 months ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      I posted a response to one of your photos yesterday!

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