For the writers out there: Do you… hide the fact that you write? Although writing is something that I do every day, and is essential to my being, very very few people know that I write. It’s silly, but I’m afraid to be judged by it.
When you think about it, don’t we attach stereotypes to certain hobbies? When someone travels, they must be adventurous. When they like to DIY, they must be creative and maybe a bit quirky. When they read, they must be introspective. When they pole dance, they must be earning money on the side to supplement their income. And when they write, they must be, I don’t know……….. weird?
Also, when I do tell people that I write, the next question is, inevitably, “What is your story about?!” Which I am never, ever prepared to answer. How can I distill my story down to a few sentences?
This week’s snippet goes back in time – back to when Olivia was still dating her ex-boyfriend Rudy. When she moved in to his home, she encountered a dripping tap that wouldn’t turn off.
“You never got it fixed?” She asked.
“Nope. I mean, it’s not quite so bad.”
Her eyes dared him to elaborate.
“Here, look.” Rudy says.
Olivia tried not to stare at his bare, muscular back as he strode to the other side of the living room. He grabbed his acoustic guitar and sat on one end of the couch, placing it on his lap.
“It’s like a rhythm.”
He tapped the wooden body of his guitar, two beats per drip. He closed his eyes as his head bobbed along.
Then he stopped, his eyes on Olivia, and patted the space on the couch beside him. There were flutters in her stomach, and she was again a deer in headlights. When she was nestled beside him, he began again, the heel of his palm tapping a beat on his guitar. His eyes closed as he strummed a sequence of chords. Olivia’s head was bobbing to the beat too.
He sang, “The tap keeps running /
Cause the water won’t stop /
And the clocks a ticking /
WIPPet Math: 9 paragraphs for September.
WIPpet Wednesdays is a blog hop where writers can share a snippet from their WIP. The only stipulation is that the excerpt is somehow related to the date. Be sure to check out some of the other lovely WIPpet snippets here. Thank you Emily Wrayburn for hosting.
If you missed last week’s snippet (and yes there was a snippet last week!), check it out by clicking here. My character aesthetics are in the post as well, but you want to scroll down to the very end for the snippet 🙂