Dogged determination


“Dad, can I ask you a question?”

“Sure, Trev. What is it?”

“I was just wondering…”

“Out with it, Lad.”

“Okay. Why do you always find the most difficult pictures you can for these things?”

“These things? What things?”

“These Kreative Kue things you do every week.”

“What’s wrong with the pictures I choose?”

“Nothing; I’m sure they’re all very nice photos, but they don’t usually give you much of a clue about what story to write, do they?”

“That’s the whole point of it, Trev. Look – if I put up a photo with an obvious story behind it, it wouldn’t be much of a challenge, would it? It’d be like a form-filling exercise; like joining the dots.”

“Why does it have to be a challenge? Isn’t the idea to get some good stories?”

“Yes, but I don’t know any writers who’d prefer an easy job. Having to tease a story out of something that’s not obvious is more fun, and the more you have to stretch the imagination to get something out of it, the more enjoyable it is.”

“So are you saying no writers like easy jobs?”

“None that I know.”

“How many writers take this up every week?”

“Nearly a dozen since I started doing it.”

“A dozen? Regularly?”

“No, not regularly, Trev. Some people like to do one challenge for a few weeks then go off and do a different one for a while. Then maybe come back to mine.”

“Let me try this another way. How many writers take this up regularly – every week?”

[mumbles incoherently]

“Sorry, Dad, I didn’t catch that. How many?”


“Including you?”

“Yes. Including me.”

“Why do you keep on doing it then, if there’s only one other person joining in?”

“Because people like it. But if just one person likes it, then it’s still worth doing.”

“I can buy that. What are you going to write about this week? I see you’ve very wisely chosen a picture of me.”

“I have. You approve?”

“It’s not the best you’ve taken, but it’ll do, I suppose. So what will the story be about?”

“I don’t know yet. I’m still scrabbling about for something.”

“You need inspiration, don’t you?”

“I do, not from you, though, I wouldn’t have thought.”

“But from somewhere. Will you at least let me try? It is my photo, after all.”

“Okay, let’s have a laugh – go on, give it your best shot.”

“Right. I need you to sit back and relax. Are you relaxed?”

“I am.”

“Don’t close your eyes.”


“Good. Now I want you to look into my eyes. Don’t look around the eyes, look into my eyes…”

This was written in response to Kreative Kue 234 published on this site.

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