Apr 28 2016

#atozchallenge X is 10 #Writing #WritingPrompt Idiom War and #azchat reminder

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X is 10 in Roman numerals
Book: 10 Step Creative Writing Activity book: Command your Imagination by Tiffany Hilliard
My dice roll: 16 (ebook location out of 21)
Lesson: Idiom War writing prompt activity

X is a hard letter! My fellow #azchat participants inspired me to use the Roman numeral version, which led me to this book on Amazon.

This book doesn’t have lessons; it has writing prompts. And the dice landed me on location 16, which is activity 6. The objective is to spend 10 to 15 minutes writing a short story using one of the ten idioms listed. Then write the same story with another of the idioms.

I’ve chosen 9- Kiss of Death and 5- Get on like a house on fire.

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Meeting her was the best and worst thing that ever happened to me. She drew me in with her sly grin. But, little did I know, I was nothing more than a mouse to her feline self.
The parties were wonderful. Every one she took me to lasted into the wee hours of the morning. Some lasted all weekend long. The one on the island never ended.
We took her helicopter. I thought, at the time, that she meant to impress me by showing off her piloting skills. Really, it was just a way to keep me from leaving voluntarily. That should have been the kiss of death. But I was star-struck. Too blind by her tricks to realize the end game.
I’m dancing around it. Let me tell you about the weekend that I died.

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Meeting her was magical. We got on like a house on fire. I bought her a drink; she bought me a car. It sounds like a gift. I should have known better. I should have listened when my friends and family warned me that she was poison. Their confrontations were no match for her eyelashes. I’d tell her what they said, she’d bat those beauties, and I would be back under her spell.
Was I ever free from it?
Free. That’s a word I didn’t appreciate. Then she brought me to the island. I was impressed that she had her own helicopter and knew how to fly it. Did it occur to me that I’d be trapped? Of course not. But there I was, no way to escape. The greatest party of all time— for some guests, anyway. For me, it was the last one. Let me tell you about the weekend that I died.

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Which version do you prefer? Do you enjoy finding idioms in novels? Would you rather type or handwrite for a 10-minute brain-freeing writing activity?

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    • Juneta on April 28, 2016 at 11:04 AM

    I preferred the second. It was more in the moment to me, so drew me forward into wondering what happen. The second stimulated an emotional reaction to make want to read more. Did not feel that with first.

    I like idioms in pieces like this done with prompts. I think it is challenging to see who can make it most interesting. Well done.

    I prefer to type, but I like to write with pencil and sketch pad to create mind maps words, phrases, and doodles in brainstorming and plotting. I have awful handwriting and often cannot read what I wrote especially several days later. 😉

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  1. I like the second one better! For 10 minute free writes I prefer to have a journal and a pen and just write away. Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier. 🙂
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  2. I liked them both but the second one had more detail. Now, of course, I want to know how he died. 🙂

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