I was challenged to write something including the words, Interview, Uniform, Journey, Souvenirs, and Catastrophe.
Here it is:
Striding out in her new uniform, she feels self confident for the first time in a long time. The highly polished buttons and the gleaming leather shoes catch the sunlight. “Looking good Mary!” the newsagent’s son calls across the road, as he straightens from setting out the sandwich board.
“Thanks Jeff! I’ll see you later!” She can’t help the smile, stretching across her face as she walks.
The journey down to the station doesn’t take her long, one of the perks is that it’s only five or six blocks from her house.
She glances up at the front windows, seeing figures moving quickly through the thick glass, and then…catastrophe!! She feels the splat land on the pristine black fabric of her jacket.
I'm a thirty something woman who lives in the north of England. I have been a writer for as long as I can remember, creating stories both written and verbal since childhood. While studying at Edge Hill College, I got several poems published by a small publisher in the USA, and in Europe. I have been part of several writing groups, and done quite a few courses in a attempt to hone my writing skills further. I love reading different genres of fiction, knowing that the best way to develop my own writing, and my vocabulary is by exposing myself to the different ways that other people choose to describe things.
The most recent writing course that I've been part of, run by a published author, included a exercise in which we were challenged to read things that we would never usually even look at.
It inspired me to take up a challenge. Namely to attempt to read at least one book by every author which is stocked in my local library. I soon realised that I was being far too ambitious, especially given the fact that every library rotates their stock too often for me to keep track.
I've decided to instead attempt to read a book every day, starting with a author whose surname begins with A, and ending with a author whose surname begins with Z. It doesn't matter what the topic of the book is, or if it's fiction or non fiction, everything is useful for me at the minute.
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