Writing Prompt: Exit Strategy

I was on a plane heading home when we hit some rather worrying turbulence. People clutched the arms of the seats, there was a bit of whimpering and the “fasten seat belt” sign was definitely on. As we teetered from side to side and on occasion, down and then a stomach-churning “up”, it made me think of the ultimate “what if?”.

What if that was it? What if I managed to have my last conversation with, well, everyone I knew without even knowing it?

Pick someone. If you knew that was the last time you were going to speak to them, what would you say if you only had 10 minutes? If it’s an enemy, would you use your time to forgive and forget, or would you hit them with everything that has ever bugged you about them since the moment they took that first misguided breath in your direction? If it’s a friend, would you reveal a secret, pass on something special (I’d give my friend Sam my book collection), or just have a laugh?

Remember, in this scenario there are no consequences that you have to face once you’ve had your say, so what would it be?

Today’s Prompt: Exit Strategy

Write a scene with some dialogue, describe the situation and the relationship and see what comes out.

Writing Prompt: Things you say when you think no one is listening

This may sound mad, but have you ever wondered what it would be like if the walls really did have ears? Imagine the sort of conversations that take place in locations where people think they’re alone in public. For instance, what about the things we say or do in the lift, in a pub when the music is really loud, in the doctor’s office, etc. Try writing a piece of dialogue where someone says something they think is private and make it public, what are the consequences? Have a conversation in the pub with the DJ spinning, then suddenly turn down the volume.

Today’s Prompt: Out in the open

Have fun saying something private or controversial.  

Writing Prompt: First Ticket Anywhere

Apologies for not posting a prompt in a while, I’ve been on holiday and writing has shamefully fallen behind this week.

It’s snowing outside. This, of course is perfect if you’re on a skiing holiday or want to build a snowman, but as the time for me to go home draws near, I think of all the places on my ever-growing list of places to visit and wonder what I’d like to do next if I had the chance.

I’m starting a new job next week, and although I’m eager to get started, I wonder where I’d go if I could take the next flight to any place in the world of my choosing. The idea behind this prompt is for you to daydream. Pick any place in the world, describe the trip, the weather when you get there, what you’d do and who you’d meet. Have a great trip.

Today’s Prompt: First Ticket Anywhere

Quote for the day

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function. One should,  for example, be able to see that things are hopeless yet be determined to make them otherwise.


Reading List Update/Book Reviews

Ok, I’ve done it again. I read something that was not on the list. To be fair, however, I have completed something on the list, so hopefully, I’ll be forgiven.

On the list: “The Land Girls” by Angela Huth. This was a beautifully written story about three girls that go to work on a farm during WWII as part of the war effort in England. It’s about how different backgrounds, personalities and values can co-exist in the midst of such turbulent, uncertain times. As the story of these three women unfolds, we come to see how their friendship survives over the years based on their time together. It’s wonderfully descriptive and whereas there are some books that deal with this subject that use peripheral characters as a way to drive the story forward, there is no one surplus to requirements in this novel. Even the pathetic and unlikeable character have a place here and the reader can take an interest in what they are about to do next, rather than thumb through in hope that a main character will reappear soon.

 Although this is primarily a story about friendship and family relationships, there are several love stories interwoven into the plot. Although they do not in themselves convert this work into a romance, they serve to remind the reader of the frailty of such relationships during wartime.

 In all, this was a lovely work. Highly recommended. By the way, they’ve made it into a film with Catherine McCormick, Anna Friel, Rachel Weiss, and Stephen McIntosh

Not on the list: “Rape – A Love Story” Joyce Carol Oates

This was brilliant, but there are some part of the subject matter that made for uncomfortable reading. Just the same, if you have a couple of hours to spare on this short work, it’s well worth the effort.  (More in-depth review to follow)

 Happy reading. (3 down, 49 to go)

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