Backwards – #Writespiration

Writespiration – is a great challenge from writer and blogger Sacha Black.  2017 brings 52 challenges over 52 weeks and we’re up to week 16 already!

The challenge is to write something using the weekly theme in just 52 words…. EXACTLY 52 words, no more, no less. It’s harder than it seems, feel free to have a go yourself if you doubt me!

This week Sacha has outdone herself with the prompt:

This week is a challenge and a half. I want you to write about the theme:


BUT, in addition to that, I want you to write your story backwards…!

WHAT!!!! OK after my initial panic I decided that I can do this.  I’ve twisted it around a bit and written a prelude to my earlier post The Girl in the Black Hood – I think that counts as going backwards!!


Looking back she was never really ready

She liked the idea and all the fuss

But the actual reality of it was starting to dawn on her

This was for real, this was for life

People expected so much.

Was she ready for that?  Really ready?

Going backwards to go forwards.


In case you missed my story for #Writespiration a few weeks ago (as mentioned above), here it is for you.

The Girl in the black hood

She walked out of the room

And kept walking.

The weather was stifling,
She wasn’t taking off her hoodie,
Not for all the tea in China.

She left behind a broken man
A family in disarray
A special day gone awry.

For underneath her black hoodie
Was a beautiful white wedding dress.

I hope you agree with me that my idea of writing a prelude works for the theme. Whichever way, I had fun 🙂

I look forward to seeing how others have interpreted this one. I’d love to know what you think of my efforts!

Deb 🙂


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  One thought on “Backwards – #Writespiration

  1. April 23, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    Great take!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. April 23, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    Love it, Debbie. More intrigue and hooks about the girl in the hood.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. April 23, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    Very clever! Reads well both ways.

    Liked by 2 people

    • April 23, 2017 at 7:23 pm

      Thanks so much Anabel, I’m getting attached to my Girl in the Black Hood 😀

      Liked by 1 person

  4. LKD
    April 23, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    I want more than 52 words on this. Keep going!

    Liked by 1 person

    • April 23, 2017 at 8:37 pm

      I am keen to continue writing this story 😊


  5. noellekelly
    April 23, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    Another challenge slayed, these are both great

    Liked by 1 person

  6. April 23, 2017 at 9:10 pm

    Hey Deb, you did an amazing job with this one. Both stories were equally riveting.

    Liked by 1 person

    • April 23, 2017 at 9:15 pm

      I’m glad you enjoyed them, I’ve had great fun with these challenges.

      Liked by 1 person

  7. April 23, 2017 at 9:39 pm

    What a creative way to do your story backwards. I must try to do this 52 word challenge. It can’t be easy!

    Liked by 1 person

    • April 23, 2017 at 9:44 pm

      Thanks Molly, it’s not easy but I like to do it to challenge myself. I also only give myself a set time to do it so that I’m not thinking too much about it. It’s hard but so rewarding when it comes together. I hope you’ll give it a try 😊


  8. April 24, 2017 at 12:58 am

    Well done, Debbie. I love how you have interpreted the theme and it does work so well as a prelude to your ‘Girl In The Black Hood’ story.:-)

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Shirley Corder
    April 24, 2017 at 2:31 am

    Well done Debbie. I want to investigate some of these challenges after this A to Z challenge is finished. You do them so well. S is for SEO Strategy as you Build a Better Blog #atozchallenge

    Liked by 1 person

    • April 24, 2017 at 8:12 pm

      I’m sure you’ll want a rest after all the A-Z posts! You’re going well and producing interesting posts 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  10. April 24, 2017 at 8:47 am

    A fab entry, and I agree with the comments it really does work as a prelude. I hope you carry on this story I’m keen to know what happened 😊

    Liked by 1 person

    • April 30, 2017 at 9:38 pm

      Well you have certainly started something now Sacha – it’s becoming a real mini series. Thanks for the prompts 🙂


  11. leannelc
    April 24, 2017 at 9:51 am

    It’s funny how much you can say with so few words when you have to – it’s a pity more people don’t practice it in real life 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • April 24, 2017 at 11:16 am

      That is so true Leanne!! Love it 😀


  12. April 24, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    Well done. I really like this, and your earlier story.

    Liked by 1 person

    • April 27, 2017 at 5:57 pm

      Thanks Su, it’s a bit of fun to get the grey matter thinking!

      Liked by 1 person

  13. April 25, 2017 at 2:00 am

    Well done, Deb. This was a tough challenge, but I love what you did with your story. It’s just as good as the original.

    Liked by 1 person

    • April 27, 2017 at 6:02 pm

      I really appreciate your comment Hugh -you being the master of the short story with a twist!


  14. April 28, 2017 at 10:53 am

    Thank you for attending the #WednesdayAIMLinkParty. I shared your post on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, and Twitter.

    Liked by 1 person

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