the stories your mirror tells

This is a challenge. For you.

Stare into a mirror for a minute.

One full minute. (Use an egg timer/oven timer/your phone to time it.)

And when the minute is up, write whatever it inspires.

Fiction/non-fiction. A laundry list of things you like or don’t like. A modern re-telling of Cinderella where she’s trying to work her way up from the streets with nothing but her mad dance skillz and pluck.

It can be anything. In any format.

Just write it.

Then post it on your blog/tumblr/bathroom wall.

You can link back here, so others can read the instructions and join in too. You can leave a comment below with a link to your piece.

But you don’t have to.

Just write it.

One minute.

And go!


Here is mine:

Lines of experience are hard to see.

And they’re not wrinkles

The older you get, the more important that distinction is.

To you.

Stubble, born of laziness, is stroked lightly by a hand with scars that tell manly stories.

You run the hand through hair that wants to be pulled.

It stands up.

But slowly falls, as you open your mouth a little, and trace your finger around slightly chapped lips that need to be kissed.

Then bitten.

Then kissed again.

A mirror will tell you the truth, if you let it.

Sunlight comes in, beside the blind, splitting your face in two.

Causing you to think about the duality of man.

Which causes you to laugh.

With a smirk more than a smile.

As you stand here this morning, one thing becomes clear:

Lines of experience may be hard to see sometimes.

But they disappear completely when you find the right person.

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9 Responses

  1. Sid says:

    Hmmm. Might just take up this challenge.

    Also … LOVED this!

  2. DCPTexas says:

    I’m in. Already have it written in my head.
    Fantastic writing by the way.

  3. Angela says:

    I like yours.

    And I wrote mine but it’s on my protected tumblr…that I just made so I could write it.
    I guess you can have the password if you want it.
    You don’t have to want it. It’s ok. :P

  4. Shannon says:

    This challenge helped me through some writer’s block. Loved it. Thank you!

  5. Shannon says:

    Not sure if this posted, sorry for the double. But I loved this idea, helped with the Sunday night block. Thanks!

    And here is mine:

  6. suki says:

    I’ll do it.

  7. joyvox says:

    click on my name and it will take you to this entry. it took a minute to eke it out, but i like it kind of. hope you guys do, too.

    LOVE peter’s entry and the others i’ve seen so far! gogogogogogogo!!!

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