The Witch of the Narrows – The Process

The Witch of the Narrows is story number fifty-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.**

One year…

One whole year of writing, writing, and most importantly, finishing.

As I hit Publish on story number fifty-two, I was ready for all sorts of emotions: Joy. Tears. Dread from having no idea what to do next.

But you know what? The only thought I had was, “I think I’ll sleep in next week.”

Pretty anticlimactic, I know. And now I’m even second guessing that statement because I’m pretty excited to keep writing. I guess that was the whole point, right? 🙂

But I’ll save the dramatics of the larger experiment for another post.

Where did this particular story begin? As usual, I’m not sure where the idea hit me, but it seems my hometown has been calling out to me lately. The Mojave Narrows is a regional park near where I grew up. We used to go there after church sometimes or for school field trips, fishing for trout or riding the pedalboats around the tiny Horseshoe Lake. It’s funny how small your world is when you yourself are small and your worldview is pretty insular. I never realized that this park was so close to where the actual witch lives in my story, another iconic location.

I had to give the witch a worthwhile reason for being there and for some reason, Old Hollywood popped into my mind. This High Desert area was known for ‘celebrity getaways’ back in the day. It was even a place where the “only Negro Dude Ranch in the world” existed. Fascinating, the amount of history buried within our own little corners of this planet.

I hope you enjoyed this final story of my year-long experiment which has been like a story in its own right–filled with highs and lows, tension and release. I’m just glad it had a happy ending!

Here’s the general scratch file:

And the daily journal entries:


5 thoughts on “The Witch of the Narrows – The Process

  1. Congratulation, Phillip! This is quite an accomplishment. I haven’t had an opportunity to read The Witches of the Narrows, but I’m sure it’s as polished as your other stories. Way to go!

    1. Thanks, Jill! Can’t hardly wait to start putting the book together! 🙂

  2. Wanted to stop in and say congratulations. I’ve been watching from afar, and it’s been amazing watching you achieve your aim in both quantity and quality. The best bit is that I know you won’t stop here. Can;t wait to watch what you do next.

    1. Thank you much, Col! Always a pleasure to hear from you as I know you’re a busy dude. I hope you’ve been writing furiously, but if not, there’s always time to get back to it. 🙂

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