Tuesday, July 5, 2011

WOW Write on Wednesdays - A Masterclass in Fibrotown

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Allison Tait of Life in a Pink Fibro has so kindly offered to set this week's writing exercise for WOW Write on Wednesday. This week it's all about romance. I've read my fair share of romantic novels and watched plenty of romantic movies so I'm looking forward to the challenge.

Allison has chosen to use the first line out of The Untamed Bride, by Stephanie Laurens - an Australian author who regularly tops the New York Times bestseller list.

Write Allison's prompt at the top of your page. Set your timer for 5 minutes and write the first words that come into your head after your writing prompt.  Stop when the buzzer rings! Do this exercise over and over if you wish.

"I can't stress how important it is that we behead this fiend."

Behead this fiend? Isn't that taking it a bit far? My gorgeous friend, Sophie, was always looking out for me, but especially now, so close to the wedding. She didn't like Alex. She never would. He made a pass at her one drunken night and she never forgave him. I did. I always did. I couldn't help but love him. But how much more convincing did I need that he wasn't the right one for me?  Sophie would make sure of that.

Her latest 'evidence' was that she saw Alex, in the "throws of passion" with some "floozie" at the races. He was always somewhere to be seen because people like Alex needed to be seen. Being Chief Executive Officer of his father's company, he had to be at all the right places and all the 'right' women were always there. I had to trust him. I had to follow my heart. I couldn't always be with him due to my schedule at the hospital.  Being Head of Obstetrics at Our Saviour's Hospital was always demanding. 

Was it going to work? I don't know. All I know is that I love him. I love everything about him. The rippling muscles in his forearm as he taps his fingers on the steering wheel when he's driving. The way his calf muscle flexes as he steps into the shower. The way his two middle buttons on his pyjama shirt always pop open, enough to see the smooth, hairless muscles of his stomach.

But was it only physical attraction? What about the emotional? Was he always there for me when I needed him? What about all the rumours? Sophie can't be wrong all the time.



Oh what the heck. Off with his head!



Pop on over to see Gill at Inkpaperpen and join in the fun.

8 comments:

  1. This had me wondering Anne. Who was it she SHOULD trust? The friend or the Fiance?

    The 'evidence' in inverted commas suggests that maybe it's the friend who may not be trustworthy or did she just want to believe that may be the case?

    Head v heart, I think we've all struggled with that one!

    Really enjoyed this. x

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  2. PERFECT! This is exactly how I perceived this task should be done. You captured the romance ideal immaculately!!!!

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  3. Great work Anne. You have all the conflict - internal and external - that a romance needs to make it work. The only thing I'd say is that first person doesn't usually work for romance novels. Small point, but just thought I'd point it out. :-)

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  4. Ooh, I loved this! Felt like I was in the middle of novel. I hope there's more!

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  5. So much going on in only 5 minutes! Well done.

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  6. Rumours, doubt, conflicting opinions about who to trust AND a wedding just around the corner? Will she? Won't she? You managed to cover a lot of emotional ground in five minutes. Well done.

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  7. Off with his head indeed! I could have read on & on with this one. Great effort Anne!

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  8. I wanted her to ditch the bastard! Friends before fiends, I say. Well done Anne, this was a lot of fun to read. :)

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