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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Write on Wednesday

Through Blogwandering, a totally admirable and addictive preoccuption, I found inkpaperpen's lovely space, and the online writing group she is chairing. Write on Wednesday the group is called, and that's why you can see the button on my sidebar. The prompt for today's Write on Wednesday comes from Alison Tait who blogs over at Life in a PinkFibro. She draws her starter from the opening line of a romance novel by Stephanie Laurens called The Untamed Bride: "I can't stress how important it is that we behead this fiend."
Now, the challenge is to speed write for 5 minutes. Sounds quite straightforward, but I must say I’ve harboured more than a few nerves about it! Writing out of our comfort zone for 5 minutes is quite a challenge anyway. But being discomforted can bring pleasure and reward. However, it’s quite another thing to then PUBLISH it.

Anyway. I decided I would do it. I did take a bit more than 5 minutes. I forgot to time it actually, but I guess I limited myself to 10. In the 10 minutes I tinkered, but didn't perform any real editing or reworking. And tempted though I was to visit the bogs of others who had taken up the challenge, I determined to tough it out, write it and publish it before reading other fellow-gauntlet-taker-uppers’ masterpieces.

So.Ta Dah!

"I can't stress how important it is that we behead this fiend."



“Even bug squashing is an act of chivalry,” groaned Meredith as she glanced over at Roydon eliminating the cockroach, while Sarah stood adoringly beside him.



“Oh Roydon! I don’t know how you can do that and be so cheerful! gushed Sarah.



All this was just too much for Meredith. Really. To be sucking in other people’s spare pheremones after all that happened last night. And before sufficient quantities of caffeine had found their way into her blood stream. All too much.



She pushed her chair out from her desk with such force that Roydon and Sarah both looked over towards her.

There ended the torture. Oh I mean writing exercise.

Now I’m publishing it before I wimp out. That means I can brew my coffee, and wander over to read all that you others have crafted! Goodie! The pressure’s off me now!

P.S. Do comment! 

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10 comments:

  1. Lol, wimp out. We all are tempted to do so when out of our comfort zone.

    Well done.

    PS I don't like Sarah, she seems like a suck.

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  2. I particularly liked this line: 'She pushed her chair out from her desk with such force that Roydon and Sarah both looked over towards her.' Just had me there in that moment. ;)

    Well done!

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  3. This is cool! I love how we immediately know who the real heroine is and I'm immediately tempted to find out what 'happened the night before'.

    Great work!

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  4. I enjoyed this too. Hard being the odd one out & you conveyed that really well.

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  5. I'm glad you didn't wimp out, I know the temptation well!

    Despite having the same name as me I'm glad Sarah isn't the heroine here. Those irritatingly, falsely cheerful people just make me want to bite them!

    I'm left wondering what happened the night before too.

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  6. I like this. I think it suits the theme and it definitely drew me in.

    It is also a good idea to write your own piece before reading the other posts. Did you enjoy the exercise? So pleased that you played along. It is tough pressing publish sometimes but so glad that you did. xo

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  7. Aha, the fiend is a cockroach. And what does Meredith do next...

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  8. @ everyone: Thanks for the feedback. It's all a bit of fun! See you round the traps next week!

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  9. Very enjoyable, I was instantly enthralled. Well done!

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  10. Office tension, perhaps? I like it. Especially the angry chair pushing in. I'm a bit partial to that kind of behaviour IRL.
    Welcome to Write on Wednesdays. Looking forward to you playing along. Please don't wimp out, it's good for you (for all of us, really) to be bold! :)

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