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Write On Wednesdays Exercise 4: Two Fat Ladies (88!): I am sticking with the timed theme. It is much easier to find a spare 5 minutes than a big chunk of time to write. Grab the 8th book from your bookshelf. Open it to page 8. Scroll down to the 8th sentence. Write this sentence at the top of your page. Set your timer for 5 minutes and write the first words that come into your head after your writing prompt. Stop when the buzzer rings! Do this exercise over and over if you wish. It will be interesting to see where all our different prompts take us.
The line in the book I got was: I promised I’d come down and tell you, so here I am.
I don’t want to talk about it but if it will help then I guess it’s okay. You see there were flashing lights. And a weird space in the sky. No, don’t laugh I’m not joking. And no I’m not on drugs. There were flashing lights. Oh for Christ’s sake don’t make any jokes about probes. Now I know why i never bothering mentioning it before. I didn't want to be labelled the crazy one. I don’t know why I bothered coming down here. You are juvenile.”
He got up and walked toward the door. He looked over his shoulder and grimaced at them .
“Thanks for nothing bozos.”
He walked out shoulders set, his posture radiating anger.
“So guys? What do you think? Did he really believe in the whole alien abduction set up?”
“If not, he’s a damn good actor. And he’s pretty pissed at us. I’d hate to be around when he realised it was a set up. To screw with his head…..”
Um…interesting. The first book I picked up is called Undead and Unemployed by MaryJanice Davidson. It’s the second book in the Undead series. The line I got was written as part of a police interview. So it wasn’t even straight dialogue. I almost got another book because I wasn't sure how I’d go with it. I found that I basically just did dialogue and had to add punctuation in later to help it make sense. I have no idea where a faked alien sighting came from.
Take 2 is from the The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper
He was beginning to be really frightened now.
It wasn’t just the thought of the unknown but more the effect that it could have on him and his family. Why is the unknown so scary anyway? Is it just because we have no idea how to react to it? Because we s humans have no concept beyond those in our minute little minds?
Although frightened he stood tall to face his tormentors.
“You don’t scare me.” he ground out through clenched together. “You can’t hurt me. You are just part of a dream. A nightmare. And I will wake up. Then you won’t be able to hurt me any longer.”
In bed he rolled over. The edges of the nightmare lessened as he touched the soft object. He grasped it with both hands. The nightmare faded even more and his breathing settled from it’s frantic pace slowly. Slowing down to normal. He grabbed the soft…..
I think I liked my first one better. With the second one it’s as though I swapped between the character and the tormentor in the first paragraph. That kind of disconcerted me. Then somehow I went back to the characters point of view but I feel I’d changed the age of the character in the mean time.
Feel free to comment and critique as desired.
I look forward to reading everyone’s stuff tomorrow.