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For this month's writing prompt write a scene using the following sentence to start;

The streets were deserted. Where was everyone? Where had they all gone?

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Look Back

When not able to write ahead, it helps to look back. In my case I had written a paragraph ahead of the story. What I needed to do was add a section of exposition (talking) presenting some facts. In going back, I realized that I could insert a section where a 'tour' of the surroundings could be done. This allowed for character interaction, story development, and other things that enabled me to present the facts in an entertaining manner.

One should not face a writer's block with the mentality of bursting through it. I have found in my own experience that a writer's block is usually due to my mind indicating that it has a problem in 'channeling' the story. One reason might be a re-imagining of certain story points. Another reason however is that there is a problem in where you are at in the story, so you need to look back and find out the problem with the 'journey' that prevents the tale from advancing.

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PostSubject: the escape   July 31st 2016, 3:21 pm

The Escape
A man coming home from work saw a shadow like a figure leaning against
an olive tree it was Death, polishing his hoof and sharpening his scythe.
The man said no, not me I`m too young to be harvested he then took a plane
to Madrid in Spain where got employment in lawyer`s office.
At the first day, he knocking on the door death sat in the chair and said;
from now on you are my helper. Go back home and dispose of your parents their
time has come, greatly disturbed the man took a plane home and death stood
leaning against an olive tree a shadow on a sunny autumnal day. In the house,
his parents said crying the had just buried their son, they didn't see or heard him,
and the man knew that henceforward he was Death`s little helper.
This story is based on a Syrian story of a man riding from Damascus across
the desert in the night to Baghdad to avoid death but a drone picked him up
thought the horse was a jeep and fired off a rocket, the man had to walk, to

Baghdad, but without water and dates he died of thirst and hunger
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