Women Create (Jane Doe Flash Fiction)

The January 26 Carrot Ranch Rough Writers and Friends flash fiction prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story using the theme “women create.”

Jane shifts the notebook balanced on her backpack balanced on her lap, twisting her wrist so pen meets paper.

How long since words flowed like this, since a concept glowed so brilliantly inside that she has no choice but to give it voice? She scribbles, oblivious to the lurches of the bus, other passengers brushing by, gabbing into phones, herding children.

Words flow, like the river behind a broken dam.

She pauses and looks out at the bus stop shelter just in time to see the sign, “poetryonbuses.org,” and almost laughs aloud. She feels free, and not alone.

mzmatuszewski0/Pixabay (with help from Alfred, Lord Tennyson)


This flash is a vignette from The Life and Times of Jane Doe. More fun flashes can be found at the Carrot Ranch link above.

Also – poetryonbuses.org is a thing. It’s a thing I really like.


Author: Deborah Lee

I like trees, dreaming, magic, books, paper, floating, dreaming, rhinos, rocks, stargazing, wine, dragonflies, trains, and silence to hear the world breathe.

6 thoughts on “Women Create (Jane Doe Flash Fiction)”

  1. How delicious that flow when it is upon the writer! There’s something that feels so connected about writing even when it’s a solitary act. That’s why I think we crave to share it. That’s a cool organization, too!

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