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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Creative Writing: Write on Wednesday

It's that time again. Write on Wednesday day. Gill over at inkpaperpen has taken us all in a curious direction this week. This week she has been over to creativewritingprompts and selected one of their starters. Here goes!

Write On Wednesdays Exercise 8 - The clock winked...Write the words "The clock winked" at the top of your page. Set a timer for 5 minutes. Write the first words that come into your head after the prompt. Stop when the buzzer rings. Do this exercise over and over if you wish. Write beyond 5 minutes if you like, you can link it up as an extra post.



"I can't think without my watch!" exclaimed Claire.

Brian, quietly busying himself with all he needed to do to get ready for work, smiled, inwardly, and carried on. Claire's watch nodded in agreement, and the clock winked. All were united by years of watching Claire fluster and bustle in the mornings. All knew that Claire's reliance on time was a flimsy thing. Brian knew well enough that silent agreement was the only response. Mornings were a fragile time of nervous fluster. He and Claire moved like robots round each other, knowing exactly where each would move next, and steering themselves into vacant and available space. It was a highly orchestrated, and extremely well-practised dance for two. Fluster and panic was certainly scripted in there. So was deep familiarity and gentle, teasing acceptance.

"Yup! Get that watch for sure! agreed Brian.


And the clock couldn't help but wink again.




Thanks so much for this one, Gill! I was flummoxed for a while, until last minute adrenalin helped me out. How did you all find this starter? I'm off to post this on Gill's bog, and then start dropping in to see you all. I'm hoping you've got coffee on!




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16 comments:

  1. I'm like Claire. It's fluster city around here in the morning too!

    I was there running around with Claire and Brian. Fab, hon. ;) x

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  2. Fluster city...nice! Ummmm ....yes...well there may be a smattering of autobio in the piece. Just a smattering, of course! ;P

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  3. Reminds me of me in the morning! Always in a fluster first thing. Hubby is the opposite cool, calm and collected, which is annoying!
    I love the way you describe mornings as a 'fragile time of nervous fluster'....Exactly!

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  4. Lene: how funny! Our husbands seem to be of the same breed, and looking at your washing pile in your post before today's is all a bit deja vu for me. I guess you and I have "opposites attract" relationships. I salute you, Kindred Spirit!

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  5. I remember a time when I couldn't live without my watch! I haven't owned a watch for years now... so much has changed. Thanks for bringing back the memories.

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  6. It seems i danced exactly the same dance as claire This morning.

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  7. Hi Lorraine

    Sounds a bit like our place in the mornings. Throw in a couple of kids getting ready for school and kindy and you've got a lot of fluster and panic.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting. I appreciate it!

    Anne @ Domesblissity

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  8. I can totally relate to this one. I am always running around like that in the mornings. Great post and thanks for dropping by my blog :)

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  9. Like Lene, you said that you were slow to start on this week's prompt but then the adrenalin did wonders for you. I thought this was a lovely piece of writing and it effortlessly painted a picture.
    "Mornings were a fragile time of nervous fluster." - love this. Great use of the clock too. Did you like your end product? I did very much

    x

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  10. I struggled at first too. I was so much like that with my watch in the morning. Thanks for dropping by!

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  11. Loved this, Lorraine! This scene is one we can all see ourselves in. I love the way you place your words, Lorraine. I don't know how you do it in 5 mins but it's brilliant.

    This week's prompt was the first that I did the 5 minutes again and again. I think it took me 3 goes to get it the way I wanted it. It was a wonderful prompt, I thought.

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  12. I added this to our Facebook page too. I thought it was a good example of starting off slow but finishing well.

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ink-Paper-Pens-Online-Writing-Group/140664256012821

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  13. Gill: thank you for the FB posting. I can't seem to leave a comment on the FB page. I thought the starter produced some great pieces.

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  14. Oh I wonder why you can't leave a comment? I'll have to check that out. The whole point of the page is so we can communicate quickly with each other and share writing links and the rest. Hmmmm. I'm not techy enough to know!

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  15. This was an interesting exploration of character through relationships and I liked that the clock - a seemingly inanimate object - was party to the observances. Clever!

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  16. I realise I am very very late coming to this thread, as is my interest in blogs in general. This idea of a 'starter' & a time limit for a story is great. I love yours Lorraine, & while I already have a few stories on the go already, I think I will take some of these starters with me tomorrow to have a go at while I await Malakai who'll be having his first go at the pistol range with ATC. Thank you & can you let me know, if I get something worth sharing, how I can share it with you? BTW Lorraine, this is Mari :D

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