How We Write – The Music and the Magic
Our prompt here was, Is that your banjo?
Suddenly, Orion found herself in a barn with musicians tuning up in front of a rustling audience. Having read the Bedlam Bards series by Mercedes Lackey, it was apparent to her that everyone was waiting for the magic to begin.
The challenge was to convey the theme without overusing the words ‘magic’ and ‘music’. Such a short story—the span of only one song—required a lot of back and forth between Kyros and Orion to produce a clean story that rang true.
THE MUSIC AND THE MAGIC
The dim hall rustled and stirred with quiet chatter as the audience arrived and took their seats. I walked up to the stage, my battered black case thumping against my leg.
“Is that your banjo?” asked the frontman of the small ensemble settling in to play the first set of the evening.
“Sure is,” I said, pulling my instrument from its case. The metal glinted in the stage lights, its white face shining like a full moon.
“Care to join in and make some magic with us?” (more…)