I Inherited It – Writing Wednesday

Did you participate in last week’s #WritingWednesday post? It was about a Mirror. If you haven’t posted your response, click HERE so you can do that now. Then, make sure you check in here ~ every Wednesday ~ for the latest #WritingWednesday writing prompt! Now, back to today’s regularly scheduled post…

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,

The goal is 5 minutes of creativity.

Today I am writing in the voice of Tanja, a character in one of my current ‘WIP’ manuscripts.

Today’s writing prompt:

Describe in detail one thing you would love to inherit from a relative, or that you have inherited.

Most girls will tell you about a necklace, a ring, or something else that is shiny and sparkles. Not me. When my mother died, I inherited the only thing of hers with any real value. It’s been in our family for centuries, at least that’s what she told me when I was just ten years old. It’s a six-inch blade, hand-carved from the jaw bone of an alligator. At one time I’m sure it was bone white, bleached by the hot summer sun. With years of use, it has been stained red with my ancestor’s blood.

“The ritual won’t work if you don’t spill a little blood,” my mother always said. “Blood is the key to pouring life back into the dead.”

But you didn’t ask about that, did you? No, you wanted to know about my most prized heirloom. Isn’t that right?

The blade. My mother’s blade. Her mother’s before her and her mother’s before her and on and on back as far as my family goes.

Now, its mine!

© 2020 Nina Soden

Alright, now it’s your turn. I’d love to see what today’s writing prompt [Describe in detail one thing you would love to inherit from a relative, or that you have inherited.] 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! 

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2 thoughts on “I Inherited It – Writing Wednesday

  1. Pingback: The Little Things – Writing Wednesday | Nina Soden

  2. Today I am writing in the voice of Roy, a character in my upcoming novel, Fleeting Shadows.

    I haven’t inherited much of anything, seeing as I ran away from home at 15 and all. But there is one thing I did inherit and that is the natural potency at archery that all the men in my family possess. My father was worried I would struggle with it, I’m shorter than most of my relatives and when I was learning how to shoot, the longbow was nearly longer than me. I use a crossbow now, it’s much easier when you have short arms. I was worried about my skill too. It always seemed I did worse than my cousin when we would practice together. Boy, if they could see me now. My archery skills have saved my life more times than I can count since I’ve been on my own. I guess that they’ve even saved the Flame kingdom, I had a big part in defending the Flame castle on the night of the final battle. Now that I’m on my way back home, I hope my father will be impressed with my skill. Hopefully he’ll deem me worthy to inherit the bow that has been passed down through our family through centuries. But if not, oh well. Who needs a bow so old and fragile you can’t even use it? What’s the point of our skill if we have a precious object that we can’t use to display our skill? Regardless of if I get the bow or not, I am still a part of the Hanes family, and I still have the hawk-eye of my ancestors to remind me of my family.


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