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Friday Freewrite #34 – Hair

May 26, 2012

Freewriting is an exercise in timed, stream of consciousness writing. It’s a fun and useful activity for writers of all types. Every week, I’ll provide a prompt as a springboard for freewriting. For more information on what freewriting is all about and how to do it, see this post.


Today’s prompt is a photo:

Taken in April of 2008


I hope this prompt has stirred some interesting thoughts and ideas for you! Freewriting is inherently messy and sometimes deeply personal, but if you feel comfortable sharing your results, please post as little or as much as you’d like in the comments.

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  1. May 26, 2012 6:01 pm

    (pondering some kinda Mulan/Matrix-y story)

    Her knuckles turned white from the intensity of her grip on the steel dagger. In one swift movement, she pulled the blade forward and hair back, cutting off a grand majority of the length. She stood, watching the weight of her previous life dance in the breeze, falling slowly to the cold pavement. A single tear for the happiness she’d lost rolled down her porcelain cheek, plummeting into the forgotten history of ebony hair.
    She stepped over the black pile and walked the streets of her broken town alone, passing hastily fled buildings and still-smoking cars. But, in the midst of post-chaos wreckage, the survivor felt an immense sense of peace. She knew she’d lost everything, and therefore had no emotional ties. She knew there was someone out there, waiting in the dark, all alone. She knew who to blame for the destruction of her home, her country, her world.
    She knew the next step of her journey would be the most difficult.
    With a clear conscious, she began putting one wobbly foot in front of another, ignoring the searing pain eating her muscles.
    At last, she was free.

    • Anita M. King permalink*
      May 29, 2012 3:47 pm

      I have a major soft spot for post-apocalyptic stories. Let me know if you do anything with this one!

  2. June 7, 2012 4:52 pm

    Hmmm maybe I will post something longer on my blog. I had just watched the first Matrix movie, but seeing the cut black hair made me think of Mulan. So I kinda tried to cross the two haha πŸ™‚ I’ll work on it, and have it posted soon!

    • Anita M. King permalink*
      June 8, 2012 12:39 am

      I’ll be keeping my eyes open for it.

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