Six Sentence Story -the Wakefield Doctrine-

Welcome to the Wakefield Doctrine (the theory of clarks, scotts and rogers)


So here it is, Wednesday evening. Plowing word-furrows on the blank and sterile page of a draft post, hoping that this preparation of the page within which I need to raise some words to grow into thoughts and, maybe even, ideas. That’d be delightful. But for now, I’ll just type in the totally-unsupportable notion that even bad, no… random words on a page can become the birthing place of Six Sentence Story, which as we all know, is zoe’s stern, but encouraging gift to those of us who not only enjoy writing, but enjoy the practice of this art.

This week’s prompt is ‘Draw’

He believed that he knew what she wanted of him.  Since their transition from classmates to class-couple, he’d been working furiously on improving his fluency in the secret language of those-who-would-be-in-love. Figure Drawing 101, where they met and became, ‘acquaintances-with-an-option-on-caring’, was where, every Thursday evening (6:30 to 10:00 pm) they conducted their initial negotiations and practiced the art. He was young and inexperienced in the affairs of the heart; she was young.

In both classroom instruction and relationships, there comes a time for testing competency, however, not all testing prohibits cooperation.

As he clumsily smeared paint on the canvas, she said, ‘Do I have to draw you a picture?’



clarkscottroger About clarkscottroger
Well, what exactly do you want to know? Whether I am a clark or a scott or roger? If you have to ask, then you need to keep reading the Posts for two reasons: a)to get a clear enough understanding to be able to make the determination of which type I am and 2) to realize that by definition I am all three.* *which is true for you as well, all three...but mostly one


  1. ivywalker says:

    This made me smile. Sweet. Hey, thanks for so religiously participating week to week. It wouldnt be the same without you… Really…no kidding.

  2. Kristi says:

    I like the “classmates to class-couple” line. Like Ivy said, sweet story.

  3. lrconsiderer says:

    Oh dear, that ending though! Makes me think his ineptitude is becoming a little wearing!

    On another note, I know one of the things you wanted to do was improve your ability to portray intimate moments of humanity, and you’re doing BRILLIANTLY at that. I’ve really enjoyed seeing your capability grow.

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:


      thank you, that makes me feel good. (and it is a mutual pleasure, as, in the company of clarks, the fact of your own improvements are a benefit and increase the likelihood of my own efforts succeeding) speaking of intimate moments, will your travel plans allow you to join on the Friday vidchat?

  4. Such a lovely scenario you’ve painted with your words here, sweet but tentative, and we wonder if their relationship will take off or be painted out. A fun read!

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      yeah… (and thank you)… I’ll blame the guy, but not excuse the girl (?!?! yeah, I know… what the hell is that supposed to mean? lol)

  5. oldegg says:

    Clearly he didn’t know what she wanted of him. He who dares wins.

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:


      * at least I do now, with the advantage of age and experience… we all find our path on our own

  6. Excellent! Love the intimation of your word(s) play :)

  7. afairymind says:

    A very sweet story. I think he maybe needs to work a little harder on learning ‘the secret language of those-who-would-be-in-love.’ :)

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      yeah, though the drive to learn will last (a lifetime) the willingness to learn goes in fits and starts, or so it seems

  8. valj2750 says:

    You don’t have to draw a picture, your words do that. And a lovely picture (story) it is.

  9. luckyjc007 says:

    Yes, I think she will have to draw him a picture for him to begin to understand! It takes some people a while to catch on and maybe a different approach, but I feel confident that she can get through to him….some how. Great story.

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      thank you… I remind myself that the path (to understanding) can be as varied as the people on it