flickering

He sat at his desk, waiting for inspiration, for a muse to spark a fire in him, but the words, and the muse, never came.  He’d never had to sit around before.  He’d never had to cast about for ideas.  The words, the characters, the dialogue had always just come to him.  It seemed that would no longer be the case.

At times he thought the light was finally switching on and he’d race to dip his pen in ink so he could scribble down the thoughts before they disappeared, but the bulb never really did fire up.  Instead it merely flickered, showing him glimpses of genius, partial story lines, half a plot, faceless characters.   The light was on only long enough to hint at something to write about but never stayed on long enough to give him enough to truly use.

He went mad in the flickering half light.

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Word Count: 150

My short (and sweet?) response to this week’s Trifecta Writing Challenge:

LIGHT (noun)

1a : something that makes vision possible
b : the sensation aroused by stimulation of the visual receptors
c : electromagnetic radiation of any wavelength that travels in a vacuum with a speed of about 186,281 miles (300,000 kilometers) per second; specifically : such radiation that is visible to the human eye
2a : daylight
b : dawn
3: a source of light: as
a : a celestial body
b : candle   

Please remember:

  • Your response must be between 33 and 333 words.
  • You must use the 3rd definition of the given word in your post.
  • The word itself needs to be included in your response.
  • You may not use a variation of the word; it needs to be exactly as stated above.
  • Only one entry per writer.
  • If you know your post does not meet the requirements of the challenge, please leave your link in the comments section, not in the linkz.
  • Trifecta is open to everyone.  Please join us.
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