The Literary Corner: ”And the Skies Wept that Day…” by Hedwig Silver (ex. 1)


Writing exercise 1

Write a fragment describing the exact emotions when you (or your character) learned of a happy or calamitous event in your life (or your character’s); now try to condense that fragment into a single searing sentence.

 

And the Skies Wept that Day…

            Nothing – not my waking up late, not the spilling of my morning coffee, not my poking my eyeball with the mascara wand, not my forgetting to lock the front door and to charge my phone – could announce the inconceivable events that would unfold that very same day. It was another overcast morning, like the previous three, and the weather reporter had pointed out that umbrellas would be “a must”; “what’s new about that, in this city?”, I thought to myself as I opened the car’s door and chucked all my belongings on the backseat. I was furious with my forgetfulness and spent the entire drive scolding Mr. White – yes, it even had a name – and wishing all bad things happen to him. One of my close childhood friends, Clare, had once asked me why I had come up with such a funny name for such a thing – mind you, Mr. White reminded her of our old Chemistry teacher bearing the same name, who would break in a profuse sweat and burst into a nervous stutter whenever a girl asked a question in class – for which I invented the following explanation: “Clare, dearest, each time I feel I have forgotten something, my mind goes as blank as a paper. If that weren’t enough, I get so distraught and angry with myself that everything around me turns a pristine white, as if caught in a snow-storm in the middle of nowhere”. “Oh Sam, you were always the creative one of the pair. No wonder you write for a living.”

            It had already started raining by the time More

The Literary Corner: Writing exercise 1


Writing exercise 1

Write a fragment describing the exact emotions when you (or your character) learned of a happy or calamitous event in your life (or your character’s life); now try to condense that fragment into a single searing sentence.

For this exercise, please do not write more than 3 pages, Microsoft Word A4 format. Please send your work in .doc or .docx formats only.

Deadline: 20th December 2019

Contributions:

”Broken” by Mimi Apostol

”And the Skies Wept that Day” by Hedwig Silver (yours truly)

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