Writing is a constant learning process.
I recently took part in J Thorn’s Supercharge Your Scene 5-day challenge. Along with the instruction from J, this challenge involved writing a scene (or short story). He presented us with a number of prompts and suggested we pick one in a genre we don’t normally write or read (because stepping outside comfort zones is a great way to learn).
The one that drew my attention was the Western prompt, and the end result is The Hangman. I’m not sure how well it ‘works’ (according to J’s teaching), with much of the ‘action’ left to the imagination, but overall I’m pleased with it. For something that could have become very dark, I think there’s a lot of hope in this story.
You can read The Hangman here.
And, in case you’re interested, this is the prompt, which I used word for word as the opening to the story:
The hangman took down the body from the gallows. It was the third execution Sheriff Sands had ordered this week—three more than all of last year.