Weekend Writing Prompt – Abysmal

Published February 22, 2020 by rochellewisoff

A word prompt to get your creativity flowing this weekend.  How you use the prompt is up to you.  Write a piece of flash fiction, a poem, a chapter for your novel…anything you like.  Or take the challenge below – there are no prizes – it’s not a competition but rather a fun writing exercise.  If you want to share what you come up with, please leave a link to it in Sammi’s Comment Section

Once more the word prompt took me to a personal place. I’ve used this very word to describe the following story. 93 words, not counting the title. Dedicated to a very dear friend who had a hand in my being alive to write this story.


One would think a book signing at Barnes and Noble would be a guaranteed success. Right? Of course, right!

Or not.

Few patrons stopped to chat. I signed some of my three-hundred-page masterpieces with “Shalom, Rochelle.”

Then my former therapist, who saw me through my darkest days, showed up.

I threw my arms around him. “Wayne, you came!”

He beamed like a proud father. “How could I not?”

Four months later I learned of his passing.

In a single moment, my perception of that Saturday evening went from “abysmal failure” to “cherished memory”.

Wayne’s the one in the Hawaiian shirt.


18 comments on “Weekend Writing Prompt – Abysmal

  • Dear Rochelle,

    I love how this particular prompt brings out stories that are near and dear to your heart. How wonderful that Wayne went as promised. Things seem to happen for a reason, don’t they? Definitely two sides to any coin!

    Shalom and lotsa memories filled with love,


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  • A lesson to be learned here is the impact one person can have on your life. Even if you haven’t seen them for years. What may seem inconsequential to us can send somebody to their happy place when they are not having a good day. Give a friend a hug, a call, a visit. Anything to let them know you are thinking of them and wishing them well. Remember, you can never not be a role model or influence on people you cross paths with in life. Negative or positive, you will make an impact. Great story of that kind of impact.

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