Monday, May 18, 2015

Writing Excuses Master Class - What Do I Do With All This Blank Space?

This week's episode title is basically what I ask myself every time I go to write a new blog post.  The writing prompt:

Write your first thirteen lines, and see how much you can fit into that space—character attitude, point-of-view, mood, genre, conflict, setting, and more.

Julia kept her head down as she walked the windy streets of Seattle. She still wasn't sure if she was doing the right thing, but the ad had been clear that no "therapy" would take place without the introductory evaluation, and she needed the cash. She hadn't expected her food costs to go up so much when she went vegan, but everything meatless was so much more expensive than she had imagined. She was starting to wonder if fitting in with the popular kids at school was truly worth it.

She found the office - at least, her phone told her she was in the right place. When she looked up, all she could see was a narrow townhouse in a neighborhood filled with similar buildings. Hesitantly, Julia started up the steep stairs to the front door, double-checking the address against the ad again.  It wasn't until she was on the front stoop that she saw the sign, almost hidden by ivy - "Dr. Laura Evans, psychiatrist". Emboldened, she knocked on the grey wooden door, straightening her wind-blown hair as best she could. She was about to knock again when the door opened, revealing a small Hispanic woman who appeared out of breath. "Hello! So sorry to keep you waiting! Just had to clear things up. You're Julia, yes? Come in, come in!" She moved out of the way, ushering the girl in.

That was so much harder than I thought it would be!  So, you tell me - how did I do?