The Missing Poem – The Process

The Missing Poem is story number thirty-two in the #52ShortStories challenge.

**SPOILERS BELOW. If you have not read the story and want to be (hopefully) surprised, come back to this when you’re done.**

So, this story was an oddball in the sense that I honestly thought it was rushed, but the reception from at least one reader indicated that it was one of the best stories I’ve written. Also, it took me a day longer to finish this than my stories normally do, so I definitely was not rushed. But there was a point where I wasn’t sure where I was going to take the story after al-Saher appeared. The days were ticking past and I knew I had to wrap it up before I locked up, so I just let ‘er rip and started writing down the craziest things that were coming to mind at the time (which happened to be mutant lions and earthquakes).

Man, talk about reinforcing a point — for the most part, you really, truly cannot judge your own work.

Inspiration for this? Honestly, I can’t recall. It was a brief entry in my idea pile about some guy discovering a missing poem and I thought I could spin up a really fun yarn about that. If you take the time to translate the antagonist’s name, you can see I had some fun there. 🙂

Here’s the general scratch file:

And the daily journal entries:


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