Blank Space

Blank Space

Writer’s block, glassy eyed

Undefined, empty page

Pad is blank, face is lined,

Ugly, burdened, pained.


Years ago, fountain flowed

Reality, imagination – collision,

Present day, bitter dull

Short of breath, void of precision.


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Hall of Trees

Hall of Trees

One breath and in a blink

I’m underneath the grieving


A tapestry of greenery

Breaks the sun into such little



Carved from the wood she read

A history of the


Firestorms in the forestry

Charcoaled her heart sealed in the



She said –

This is my hall of trees

And in a storm it’s dizzying

The strongest roots are only inches deep

But on my own I think it will



One step and I’m splintering

Soft against the axe falling into the


I heard her say go now please

Into your own light and grow your own



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Clawing at the broken, soiled earth

Dirt beneath the serrated nails

Howls bleak a wicked spine of wind

Blood is demanded out blackening lips


Moonbeam, catalyst, caster of spell

Makeshifted hand into paw, teeth, coarse hair

Running long, wild, naked, free

Something dormant unhinges, releases


From the bondage of being human

Civilized and mannered, courteous and heeled

But animal in nature (nature always wins)

Breaks out of containment to realize a kill.


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Where Do You Get Your Story Ideas?

Where Do You Get Your Story Ideas?

“Where do you get your story ideas?”

Writers get this question a lot in relation to their fiction. The answer, of course, varies though I do think most of the time story ideas come from something a writer wants to say. (Well, at least until they learn to write what is marketable seeing how the two usually do not coincide.)

Story ideas come from many places. Myself, I get story ideas from other stories. I often get that “Wouldn’t it be cool if…” line breeze through my mind while I’m reading or watching something else. For me, I enjoy writing stories with a twist or try to turn convention on its head as I absolutely hate tropes. On the other hand, an idea often just pops into my head. It’s kind of sad to say I don’t have a muse to inspire me, at least not one I’m aware of.

I’ve heard other writers say it but I do not get any of my ideas from my dreams. As bizarre as they may be sometimes, my dreams aren’t usually compelling enough or coherent enough to tell a good story. Besides, life can be bizarre enough on its own if you let it. Nor do writing prompts usually work for me, I guess because I don’t like being told what to do. But, that’s me.

Where do you get your story ideas from? I’d like to know.




We are all angels outside

Light hearts and laughter

Prepared to be kind


We are all monsters inside

Gnashing behind smiles

Gorging on fire


Reality and disguise

Charades are the price

Of merchants civilized.


All Rights Reserved © May 2017 John J Vinacci