Writing Exercises

Ten Weeks, Ten Prompts, Ten Minutes #9

So, here we are at the penultimate week of the ‘Ten Weeks, Ten Prompts, Ten Minutes’ writing exercise challenge. Where has the time gone?

Today’s prompt is number nine on my Narrative Prompts post, and is a visual prompt. Visual prompts allow for total creative freedom, and I love how they stir different ideas in different people.

Prompt Nine:

How did it come to this? Just nine weeks ago, I was revising for my exams with hopes of getting into art college, and now I’m stood on a cliff in the arsehole of nowhere, wondering how  quickly I’d die once I smash into the rocks below. I’m hoping the answer is ‘very quickly’, instantly would be even better.

The wind is strong, unsteadying, and it’s almost as if mother nature is tugging me on. ‘You can do it, Lorell,’ she whispers to me. ‘Just one little step.’

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to die. I’m not depressed or suicidal in the usual sense. I could runaway, start a new life with a new name and identity, but she’d know. She’d know I wasn’t dead, and she’d never give up hunting me. And as long as she hunts me, people I love will die.

I hate her. Even her name burns like acid as it leaves my lips- Ulrike. I scream it into the wind. I want the heavens to know who is responsible for my death. She has driven me to this, and as my breath leaves my body I want the wind to carry her name to her, to wake her from her dreams, or turn them into nightmares.

I close my eyes, and rise onto the balls of my feet. This is it. As soon as my body dies, the magic dies with it. Ulrike will sense it. The tie she ensured we had will die with me, and she will only have half the power, and be half a Caster.

“Don’t do it, child.”

Wait? What? Did I just hear that?

“Miss Cecelia?” I whisper. It’s been many a year since I heard her voice, but I’ll never forget it. The soft tones and American twang is etched into my memory from childhood. It is as if the wind carries her voice to me. The same wind that moments ago was encouraging me to my death.

“Even at half her power, Ulrike will be the strongest Caster in Ye’Sande. You will have died for nothing, Lorell.” Her voice is calming, soothing.

“Not nothing. My friends will be safe. I can’t watch anyone else die because of me.”

“Tilly’s death was not your fault. I know she was important to you, and if you want to keep the others safe, then you need to stop Ulrike. Only you have the means to do it. Avenge those you have lost, and save those you have left.”

“Ulrike will kill me first,” I say, sighing.

“Maybe, but is it not better to die fighting than running?”

I look to the rocks one more time, and take a step away from the edge. “Will you help me?”

“Yes, my child, but don’t forget that technically I’m dead.”

Next week is the last week of my Ten Weeks, Ten Prompts, Ten Minutes writing exercises. If you would like to get involved with my next writing exercise adventure, check out the link: Prompt Me

All excerpts are the works of K.J.Chapman

17 thoughts on “Ten Weeks, Ten Prompts, Ten Minutes #9”

  1. Wow…I really enjoyed it and loved the narration, kept me on the edge of my seat…just means I should really go back to the very first week to see what other gems I have been missing out on. Keep up the great work…I look forward to more 🙂

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    1. Thank you- I really appreciate it! Please do check out the previous 10x10x10 posts and let me know what you think. Next week is the last week for these posts, but I have been asking fellow bloggers to offer up prompts for me to use! If you’re interested the info is on my ‘Prompt Me’ post 🙂 I’m happy to offer prompts back.

      Thanks again.

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      1. My pleasure 🙂
        I will ensure I check them out soon and will look into the ‘Prompt Me’ post. I do like the idea of the prompts and will certainly keep you in mind (no doubt you will hear from me in the near future around this)

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  2. Fantastic as always! I want to know more. These little excerpts are great teases for larger narratives full of potential. I also love your writing style. Clean and graceful. Like reading a dance! Can’t wait for the next!

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    1. Thank you for the support! I’m glad you enjoy them as much as I enjoy writing them. It’s a nice break from writing EVO Shift. Although I love writing my novels, I love quick writing exercises just as much.

      I’ve already expanded on one of the prompts you suggested 😉 I just couldn’t wait. Look out for that post on the 17th Nov.

      Thanks again.

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      1. I tend to start on larger projects when breaking on my current ones 😉 I think I might have a problem…
        I can’t wait to see what you wrote:) I’m glad that the prompt managed to inspire you.

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      2. I have a file where I keep ideas for future novels. I try not to dive head deep into it whilst I’m working on the EVO Nation series, but it’s so hard when different characters are calling to you 🙂 I think the writing exercises give me my fix of new characters and ideas haha.

        I hope you like where I took the prompt. I’m sure I’ll get cracking on prompt two soon enough.

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      3. Perhaps writing short fictions would be a helpful exercise… I’ll have to try it some more.
        I’m sure I’ll love it, no matter what the direction! What’s great about us as writers is that our unique minds can take the same sentence and end up writing completely different narratives in response! 🙂

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  3. I think this was my favourite one! Besides the one at the beach with the implied aliens, but then I can’t turn down a bit of SciFi 🙂
    It started brilliantly and carried on just as well – *and* it has me wishing for more!
    It’ll be sad to see these little prompts end but I remember you saying that you’re planning something else, so I’ll look forward to that 🙂

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    1. Thank you. I’m glad you liked it.

      My next writing exercise adventure is an interactive one. I have requested fellow bloggers to offer up prompts for me to expand on in ten minutes. (I’m happy to create posts if anyone wants to join in). Check out my ‘Prompt Me’ post 🙂


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