Write On Wednesdays Exercise 17: This week, we are going with Karen's idea for an open choice week. So take a look at the old writing exercises (you can find them listed in my sidebar: WoW Writing Exercises), find one you'd like to try (or retry!) and link it up to the linky below. Short and simple instructions this week. If time is an issue perhaps you would like to try one of the 5 minute stream of consciousness exercises.
Shaking the water droplets from her worn brown coat. She slung it over the chair aside the front door and entered the small cabin. The scent of freshly baked bread incensed her nasal passage and her belly growled in response, it had been a long time between meals. She wasn’t yet home, but this was as far as she could go for one night. Far better than pushing herself higher up into the mountain only to be welcomed by a cold and empty cabin.
Shoulders slumped forward, body aching from the travel she had endured, she forced her legs to cross the few remaining steps before sinking into the hard wooden bench of the long table filling the middle of the nearly bare room.
At the sink peeling potatoes, her sister Abigail glanced up, taking in the pale complexion and deep black bags under her eyes she murmured “Guessing you’ll be stayin’ the night with us love?”
Tears threatening to spill over, she could do no more than nod her head.
“Reckon we’ll need a few more spuds to ‘ave enough for you then” Abby declared, looking into the pot and seeing not nearly enough to feed the family plus one more. She couldn’t very well knock her back though? Her own sister - it was unheard of.
Fiddling with a hole that had formed above the hem of her dress and knowing it would need to be re-sewn when she finally made it home, she fidgeted and shared the latest news with her sister.
“The Doctor reckons she needs Radium Abby,” she said, her voice breaking. A sob burst forth, erupting from deep in her belly, wrapping her in a cocoon of pain. She had held herself together for so many days, not wanting her baby girl to realise the enormity of the situation. Here though, in her sisters’ quaint cabin she could finally let go the anguish that had been building for days. Rubbing her wet hands on her stained and yellowing apron, Abby took the three steps between them and took her sister in her arms. Holding her as the grief of emotion came rolling out between great wracking sobs and streaming salty tears. Her body shook as drew her sisters’ grief away. Steady arms, muscled and recently tanned from the relentless Queensland sun, she held tight until her younger sister had cried a river. Feeling guilty that she had worried about spuds of all things, when a small life was at stake.
This week Write on Wednesday (WOW) Gill said it was Choose your own Adventure week. As I missed several weeks of WOW, I chose to revisit one I hadn't previously done and that was Week 9 Think with Character. This little story is continuing on from my previous 2 weeks and I am greatly enjoying setting up little scenes and continuing on. I apologise though if you find it a little disjointed, it is all one greater story and at the moment I am bouncing back and forth between times in it. This piece is continued on directly from a previous piece and is set sometime in the early 1930's. It's obvious I need to do a lot more research, but for now I'm really enjoying these small tales. Hope you enjoy!
Write On Wednesdays Exercise 9 - Think with Character. Choose a character from your writing posts. You can still do this exercise if you are new to WoW - select a character from another piece of your writing or simply work through the exercise from scratch. Now, think about the character in regards to their: gender, age, occupation, physical appearance and mood at this moment. Is your character in the city, the country, inside or outside? Do they live in rich or poor surroundings? Alone or with others? Answer all, some or one of these questions. Now, set your timer for 5 minutes and write the first words about your character that come into your head. Stop when the buzzer rings. This may be one week where you feel you need to throw the timer and take your time. Do whatever works for you. You may also like to consider: Complexion, Style of dress, Hair colour/style, Speaking voice and likely vocabulary, Strengths/Weaknesses, Mannerisms
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* Look at how your character fits into quotes like the one at the top of my page. For example, what does YOUR character do when nobody's looking? You can find more quotes about "Character" here.