Today is the 28th Edition of #WritingWednesday!!!
Sorry this post is a day late, but hopefully not a dollar short!
Remember, #WritingWednesday is an EASY, STRESS-FREE, weekly writing challenge.
- Read the writing prompt below,
- Spend 5 minutes writing (in your own voice or the voice of a character you’re writing) whatever comes to mind,
- DON’T EDIT what you write! IT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE PERFECT!
The goal is 5 minutes of creativity.
Today I am writing in the voice of Tanja, one of the characters in the novel I am currently outlining. I’m not sure if this will be a selection in the novel, or just part of my character development journal.
Today’s writing prompt:
What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
When I was just a girl, growing up in New Orleans, my mother told me, “If your good and quiet, you’ll be able to hear the voices of your ancestors.” I was naive, so I believed her. I tried so hard. Every day I’d sit in the corner of our living room, staring at nothing, focusing on voices that weren’t there. Then, one day, I heard a voice. It was faint, almost a whisper.
“The ritual won’t work if you don’t spill a little blood, Clara.” It was my mother. She was talking to my Aunt Clara on the phone, whispering in the kitchen.
That night, I followed them to the graveyard just around the corner from our house. You wouldn’t believe me if I told you what I saw; It’s been over twenty years and I still can’t believe it. It doesn’t matter that I can raise the dead now too, much less talk to them. It’s still so surreal.
You want to know the best advice I’ve ever been given? That’s easy. That night, standing there in the dark hiding behind a tree so my mother and my aunt wouldn’t see me, they brought my great grandma back from the dead. She looked passed them, straight at me, pointed her decayed finger at me and called me out of the dark. Then, standing just three feet away from my mother, who’s mouth was clenched with fear and anger, my grandmother told me, “It’s in your blood too, and child, you are powerful. Learn from your mother. Learn everything, because one day she won’t be here to protect you and you’ll need to know how to protect yourself.”
Less than a year later, my mother died.
© 2019 Nina Soden
Alright, now it’s your turn. I’d love to see what today’s writing prompt inspires in you. So, if you are willing, go to the comment section below and start typing. Take 5 minutes and let’s see what you come up with!
What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
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Today I am writing in the voice of Rylee, a character in my upcoming novel, Fleeting Shadows.
Without a doubt I could tell you the best piece of advice I’ve ever been given. It may sound simple, it may sound stupid, but my mother told me to trust no one. From the day I was old enough to comprehend it, she taught me that the only people that would truly look out for me was my family. When I was little, I never really got it, everyone was so nice to each other. Then we grew up. The first time I was betrayed, it was by who I thought was my best friend. It was the night before our assessment for the Wings of Salvator. We both wanted to be spies, but there was only slot available for a female of our age. She knew I had a leg up, so she tried to cut off my hair. Prehensile hair is an amazing secondary power when you need to make a quick escape, so it gave me an advantage over her. That night, I woke up to her standing over me, scissors in hand, with a lock of my hair already on the floor. There were other instances where people proved that my mother was right, but none as hurtful as that. Until Philip. I thought he was truly an exception. I’d known him my whole life, he was basically family. I loved him dearly and what I got in return was killed. He had turned on my sister, and blood truly does run thicker than water, so I leapt in front of her. I saved Charlotte’s life at the cost of my own. I can’t wait until I see my mother again so I can tell her she was right.
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