Monday, July 4, 2011

Write on Wednesdays… on a Tuesday

For a bit of fun, we’re linking up with Inkpaperpen’s meme, Write on Wednesdays. I’m a big fan of writing prompts, and love short spurts of creativity – and I’m in need of a little practice, as it’s been quite a while since I’ve written beautiful things.
I’m horribly rusty, so I hope you’ll bear with me while I work out the kinks.

You know what I love most about this blog and initiative? That there are people in the same boat as me – maybe having written wonderfully well in the past, and for whatever reason, took a break from the writer’s life. And are now starting to incorporate more writing practices in their daily lives. I love this!

Last week, my Write on Wednesday post was such a miserable failure that I didn’t dare post it here. But getting into the practice of writing again is important to me, so I’m soldiering on. And this week, Allison from Life in Pink Fibro is hosting a masterclass – with an interesting writing prompt sentence.
Want to join in too?

The Rules:

Set your timer for 5 minutes and write the first words that come into your head after the writing prompt sentence.  Stop when the buzzer rings!

The Sentence:

“I can’t stress how important it is that we behead this fiend.”

Annie looked up from her work, and rubbed her brow distractedly with the back of her floury hand.
“And it has to be me that does it, then?” she said, tipping the elastic dough onto the workbench.
Bet looked down at her shoes, and willed herself not to answer.
Annie set to work kneading the bread, rhythmically leaning in and out as the dough rolled before her. The kitchen air was thick with heat from the wood burning stove; she closed her eyes and imagined the end of the day, her small iron-framed cot, the cool, clean sheets, and the welcoming silence of night.

Bet tentatively stepped forward to inspect the silver cutlery. Finding a food spot on the last spoon, she scratched at it with her fingernail. “Everything has to be just so. And if all goes well, this may be the making of us.”
She watched Annie place the dough gently into a floured bowl and set it aside.
“Above all, I know I can rely on you,” Bet said carefully, softly.

So there it is - my first 5 minute Write on Wednesday post – I’m laughing because I was so slow that the timer actually went off far faster than I thought it would. Maybe I need to practice some stream-of-consciousness writing to get back in the swing of things…

Join in! Go here for more information..


Ps. Image from here.


Megan Blandford said...

I really like the mood of this piece, Nat :)

Madmother said...

I too like the feel of it, but would have liked more "showing" not "telling" if that makes sense?

Sort of: the tarnish spot vnaished slowly under her tentative fingers maybe?? Crap, I'm not good at this but maybe someone else can explain more (by showing, not telling you, lol).

InkPaperPen said...

Very pleased to see you joining in this week, Nat. And so quick off the mark, I haven't even written my piece yet (I'm a little scared!).

I thought this was a nice little piece of writing, I could have kept reading and would love to know what they are working towards and why everything has to just right. Welcome to Write on Wednesdays!


Anne said...

Hi Nat! So glad I stumbled across your blog and you decided to join in on WOW. I love all the beautiful things you've been making.

I loved your piece. I can relate to how your mind wanders when you're baking (or kneading dough). You think about so many different things. It's wonderfully therapeutic. Your story has certainly left me wanting more.

Anne @ Domesblissity

Sarah Mac said...

I love the gentle flow of this Nat and, (like Anne)the rest of your blog too.

life without mathematics said...

I love it that you swept us right into the middle of the action, and you introduced the two opposing characters and their dispositions so well. So much tension so quickly established. Woohoo for you!

Quill and Ink Handmade said...

Thank you for all your lovely comments - it's made me feel so much easier about submitting again next week :)


Jodie Ansted said...

I thought this was great! Very descriptive. Loved it.

Anonymous said...

I loved the atmosphere. I thought you hit the notes really well. And yes, I wanted to know more too.

Lene said...

I loved the gentle flow of this piece. Well Done!

Anonymous said...

This had some really lovely elements - the movement of the dough, the tension between the two characters, the floury hand. I wanted to read more.
Welcome to Write on Wednesdays, can't wait to see some more from you. :)

MultipleMum said...

This is a great piece Nat! Where in the world did 'Bet' come from? The pages of a Mills and Boon? Love it! x