Write about house guests that you or your characters have had recently.
Write for fifteen minutes. When your time is up, post your practice in the comments section. And if you post, be sure to leave feedback on a few practices by other writers.
Here’s my practice:
“Um… so our training ends Tuesday morning. But we were thinking about staying in town until Wendesday. Um…”
“You want to stay one more night?”
Hannah was lying on the love seat, the old one with the pillows that slumped in the middle like two frowning eyebrows. Our couches normally form a horseshoe, but now the air mattress—giant, up to your knee with pillows and comforters and sheets—completed the circle. The whole living room was one giant soft surface. If only there were somewhere to walk.
“Yeah. Of course.”
“Because we can sleep at the office if it’s too much.”
“No. We’d love to have you one more night.”
The other girl, Jess, looked sleepily on, sitting cross legged on the air mattress buried to her chest in the down comforter.
Later, when it was time to go to bed, I turned out the light, the room still lit by the orange glow of the streetlamp shining through the window.
“Do you want to close the blinds? Sorry. I forgot they were open,” I said.
“Oh. Yeah.” Jess jumped up and closed them. I thought of all the people who could have been looking through our window, watching us and our guests, the warm quietness of our moments, them gazing in judgment.
“Good night.” I said.
“Good night,” said Jess.
“Night,” said Hannah.