PRACTICE

Take fifteen minutes to write a paragraph or two based on the photo below.

When you’re finished, post your practice in the comments section.  Then leave feedback for others!!

stairs2Photo by Thomas Leuthard

Here’s my practice:
Is that him?  I wonder, squinting my eyes to focus on a shadowy figure with a black bowler hat.  A wave of anger passes over me, causing my shoulders to tense, my jaw to clench.  How could Dave ask me to stand in this dark, isolated tunnel with the goal of catching the attention of a middle-aged white man as if I some sort of prostitute?

It’s the middle of the day in a large city, yet I, a young woman, made the choice to stand outside the protection of the sun’s light and alone in the dark.  On my own volition, I have abandoned the safety in numbers and am instead standing at an inconvenient entrance during a time of day with infrequent pedestrians.  And why?  To show that I’m a good girlfriend?  To not scare Dave off by being difficult or angry?  I thought the whole point of having a boyfriend was that you had someone to protect you from these situations–not put you in them.  I never should have agreed to this.

Monica M. Clark
Monica M. Clark
Monica is a lawyer trying to knock out her first novel. She lives in D.C. but is still a New Yorker. You can follow her on her blog or on Twitter (@monicamclark).