Thursday, April 11, 2013

Whoseywhatsit Thursday: Flashback Writing Prompt

It's time for another Whoseywhatsit writing prompt, from yours truly. This week's topic ...


I recently had to delve into my main character's backstory. Some of it worked its way into the novel as a flashback. Now it's your turn.

You have up to 250 words to get your character into a scene from his/her past. Post those words below and then comment on at least one other person's writing. (You don't need to necessarily critique it, this isn't polished writing people!)

Ready. Set. Go!

(And here's mine ...)

Penny stomped across the porch, letting the door slam behind her.

 "Penelope, get back here." Her aunt’s voice held a strength that belied her weakness. A wet cough and then more talking. "I know it’s difficult for you, but I can’t let you go."

 "I don’t want to live with you." Penny knew she sounded like a spoiled brat. But she felt trapped. Her aunt needed help with the farm. And as much as Penny understood the importance of the responsibility bestowed upon her, she still despised it.

All she wanted to do was go to town.

For one day.

See the festivities. Buy a bag of sweets and suck on them until her fingers were sticky. Dare to try on a costume and pretend she was interested in purchasing it.

"You can’t go." It was an order.

Penny didn’t respond. She gathered up her skirts, sidestepped a puddle, and trekked across the grass until she reached the stable. Without thinking she pulled a saddle down from the rack and rested it against the side of the stall. She stroked the old pony, Cavallo, from his forelock down to the tip of his nose. "I know you’re tired, but I need to escape. Even for a bit."

1 comment:

  1. I really like this, Nikki. You can feel the bad coming. One's character should never disregard an order like that. It's like opening the door in a horror movie! ;)


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