10 August, 2011

Writing on Wednesday - Character

So lately I’ve been trying to challenge myself with various things. Whether it’s being more accepting of myself, standing up for myself, being healthier, being more patient or trying to better myself. So when I discovered InkPaperPen’s Writing on Wednesday I thought it would be an excellent way to not only challenge myself but to sharpen my mind and my writing skills.

My first exercise is Character. I hope you enjoy.

I’m not sure I know you anymore. But then I begin to wonder – did I ever really know you? I thought I did but the you I thought I knew would never be like this. So I wonder, are you playing some twisted character right now? Or were you simply playing a character before, pretending to be the kind of person I would want in my life? We have shared so much together, so many milestones such fantastic memories and such boisterous laughter. But now I am left with a sour taste in my mouth. You exist on the outer edges, a phantom of who you were and I can’t quite reconcile my feelings. I almost feel sorry for you. I can see how unhappy you are with your life. And I pity this for I have been there too. But you can do something about it. We both know you can. I did. And you know I did. And I wonder, is this why you resent me? Why you drive the knife and twist while you embrace me? Passive aggression. There was a time when we would do anything for each other, when the friendship was put to the test. We passed with flying colours. Maybe this is just another of those times. I pray this is just a phase. A character you are playing. A product of your circumstances. You have watched me struggle. Now you watch me shine. Please don’t let me outshine you, I don’t want you in my shadow. I want you to share the radiance. I want you to have your place in the sun. It would suit you so well.

This piece of writing comes with a small element of truth, albeit slightly dramatised for the sake of a good story. The general idea behind WoW seems to be based more around fiction, but as this is a personal blog I’ll be trying to incorporate an element of truth with each new exercise.

That’s all til next Wednesday



Write On Wednesdays

18 comments (+add yours?)

K.D.Storm said...

You did a great job on this. I couldn't tell it was your first time.

Sheri Bomb said...

Thanks so much K.D I really enjoyed it...forgot how good it feels to just let the words and emotions flow. Really looking forward to next weeks exercise :)

Melissa said...

Great job :) It's my first time too. Looking forward to reading more.

Sheri Bomb said...

Thanks Melissa, I can't wait to do more :) And Jimmy James sounds pretty cute ;)

Lene said...

Welcome to WOW! A fascinating piece, I really enjoyed it. I especially love the line...'Why you drive the knife and twist while you embrace me' I think we all know someone who does this!

Sheri Bomb said...

Thanks Lene, it was a culmination of many a friendship over the years...bits and pieces of each person all pulled together to create this character. Glad you enjoyed it :) Looking forward to next weeks!

Tony said...

Hey Sheri,I am no expert, but this is really impressive, I read it through 3 times and took more in each time, Like Lene said, we all know someone like this. It makes us feel both sad and happy for you at the same time, and in the end proud for you (bit deep, I know):)

life without mathematics said...

Visiting from WoW. I liked the sense of two identities. Were they opposing parts of the same character, or different identities? Intriguing! Both angles work well. Lovely to have you on board with us at WoW!

Andy @ Words and Pen said...

This is great work! Obviously you know how to tell a true story then make it an interesting fiction. I love it!=)

Smiles,

Andy

Aunt J-Me said...

Great job! Thank you for sharing!!

Sheri Bomb said...

Thank you to everyone for your kind words, I'm glad you enjoyed reading. I can't wait for next weeks challenge as I enjoyed it so much this week!

Sif said...

Two characterisations for the price of one! This piece described both the character of 'me' as much as the character of 'you'! Clever!

Sheri Bomb said...

Thanks Sif, I'm nothing if good value! haha

Jodie Ansted said...

Impressive Sheri Bomb...I thought it was really, really good. I could feel the frustration and the wanting to have the relationship back to how it had been. Loved it.

Sheri Bomb said...

Thanks Jodie, glad you enjoyed it :) I'm so glad I signed on with WOW!

Janelle said...

I really enjoyed reading this, it was refreshing to read something in the second-person. I don't think I could write so well from that point of view!

InkPaperPen said...

Welcome to WoW! Lovely to have you! I am sorry it has taken me so long to get to your writing - we are moving house and I have struggled to find the time to get online. But I agree with Sif, it was interesting to get two characters in one piece. And please do use WoW to suit your own purposes. It certainly does not have to be fiction. Hope to see you back next week!

Gill

Sheri Bomb said...

No problem Gill, thanks for stopping by :) I really enjoyed the exercise so I'll definately be back this week!

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