WRITE THIS is a monthly writing prompt from the good folks at the Society of Children’s Book Writer’s and Illustrators (SCBWI). I’ve never participated because I’m usually rewriting or pushing to write another story (I’m half way through the first draft of a humorous take on sibling rivalry).

I needed a break and it just so happens that the prompt this month peaked my interest:

You have 100 words to show us a true scene from your own life that could be an inspiration for a children’s or YA book.

The perfect scene came to mind. I was 10 years old… Here’s what went down:

Red’s cocker spaniel eyes stared at me. My first dog, and we’d bonded, mostly by sharing the same bed. This look though was a plea for leftovers in my Swanson four section TV dinner.

I’d already eaten the fried chicken and apple cobbler… potatoes and vegetables – no thanks. “Sorry, you can’t have people food.”

I cleaned the tray, packed the compartments with moist Friskies dog food, and foil wrapped Red’s morning surprise. The creation went into the fridge.

The next morning it was gone! Culprit: Dad’s late night snack. Twenty-five minutes at 425˚.



Red growled. Dad turned green.

Red and I had many adventures. He taught me patience, responsibility, and friendship. I sent our tale to SCBWI and this month the winner receives a free year of membership. Whether the story wins or not, thanks for the memories, Red.


About Greg Pattridge

Climbing another mountain...writing middle grade novels.
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2 Responses to WRITE THIS…

  1. That is hilarious. Beware of leftovers.

  2. What a great story, Greg. That should definitely end up in one of your books. Love it.

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