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The Unusual Suspect

Here is what I wrote for the Sudden Writing Challenge that Ricky Anderson and I started up the other day. Click here for a full list of participants and the rules we set up for the challenge.


“Okay Mr. Matthews, can you tell me what you saw?”

“You can call me Glenn.”

“I won’t.”

By this point, Lieutenant Jackson was tired and just wanted to go home. This was to be the last person he had to talk to today, and he knew already that this janitor wouldn’t have anything new to say. Nobody had gotten a good look at the suspect, they only knew that he was a man of average build who escaped to the roof and disappeared. There was no sign of a getaway vehicle and seemingly no lead to go on. Jackson only wanted to finish up and get home before his wife’s meatloaf was too cold to save.

“Mr. Matthews, I just want to finish up and get home before my wife’s meatloaf is too cold to save.”

“Well I’ll try to speed things along, but I’m sure you’ll have plenty of questions to ask me about it.” Read More…


The other day, Ricky Anderson approached me with a creative writing idea. He said, “Hey, let’s get a group of people to agree to writing about the same subject on the same day” or something like that. Either way, the idea quickly snowballed and we developed the Sudden Writing Challenge and tricked a few people into participating.

Here were the rules we came up with, borrowing a similar format to the 48 Hour Film project.

Participants had 48 hours to write a short story in a Caper style. You know, like a bank heist or something? Basically any sort of tight situation that a character must get out of. The deadline for the story is this afternoon, so not all stories are up yet.

Each story also has to include these three things:
1. A rooftop
2. A janitor/custodian named Glenn
3. The phrase, “Well, that’s not how I would have planned it.”

Don’t worry if you feel you missed the chance to join in. We’ll do more Sudden Writing Challenges very soon!

Here are the people who agreed to play along: