Writing Exercise — 2


While cleaning out your relative’s attic, you discover a mummified hand, a coin and a treasure map. Write an opening for a story based on this. No longer than 250 Words. No To Be Verbs: am, are, is, was, were, being, be, been, become, became.

217 Words

I had plans for the day. Great plans Instead, I’m stuck cleaning out the attic of my Great Uncle Billy. He never talked much about his youth, but everyone felt he hid something important. I open another trunk of junk. Tossing aside the old clothes to the discard pile, my hand brushes against a something dry and leathery. Curious, I look inside the container. Holy crap! Is that a finger?

I pull out a small bag and sure enough, I see finger sticking out of the neck. The bag slipped from my shaking hand and hits the floor, spilling its contents. A clink reached my ears and my eyes glued to a gold coin. I snatched the object up, along with a rolled up piece of parchment. I can’t make out the markings on the coin.

I shove the object in my pocket and carefully unroll the parchment. Lines of a map fill the sheet, but the writing is in Spanish, something I don’t know how to read. With a shrug, I place the parchment in another pocket and stare at the hand on the floor. With trembling hands, I grab the dried out item and shove it back in the bag.

With my unusual treasures, I head back to the first floor to think things through.

About Anna Dobritt

Anna Dobritt is an independent eBook author and an indie publisher of RPG PDFs and fantasy maps through Cartography Unlimited for RPGs. She loves to read and write, and lives in Michigan. Anna enjoys watching Dr. Who, both the classic episodes from the 1960s-1980s and the current episodes. Anna has three trilogies in the queue: Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe – Volume 1: The Beginning has been released, and Volume 2: Discovery, is going through the editing and revision process, with plans to self-publish in 2016. Volume 3: Truth is currently being written. Two other trilogies are The Archivist — Lenara Lenquil Adventures, and the Guardian Blades Trilogy. Anna has self-published Volume 1 of the Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe titled The Beginning; three short stories: The Hunter, First Raven, Raven Voice; a novelette titled Raven Flight, and a collection of short fiction titled Whispers from Within. Where the imagination soars on glowing wings! May the words ever flow!
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