Use this line from another American writer and build your own story from it:
“…he took what he considered a short cut homewards through the swamp. Like most short cuts, it was an ill-chosen route… It was full of pits and quagmires, partly covered with weeds and mosses, where the green surface often betrayed the traveller into a gulf of black, smothering mud.”
Write a narrative response that develops a real or imagined experience.
Include a problem, situation, or observation and its significance.
Establish one or more points of view.
Introduce a narrator and/or characters.
Organize events so that they progress smoothly.
Use a variety of techniques consistently to sequence the events to build toward a particular tone and outcome.
Use dialogue, description, pacing, reflection, and/or multiple plot lines to:
Use precise words and phrases, telling details, and sensory language to create a vivid picture of the events, setting, and/or characters.
Include a conclusion that reflects on what has been resolved, experienced, or observed in your narrative.