Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Writing Sample for Creative Writing

A Writing Sample is a page of whatever. So I just wrote for this one. That's why there is no ending...or beginning. Enjoy:

He walked off with my ticket, and I felt like I had just given away my last piece of home. I sat back in my seat and stared out the window as the world rushed by in a blur of greens and browns. The rain smacked against the glass, and I pretended the wetness on my cheeks were just raindrops as well.

I pulled out my wallet, and took out the picture. Our house looked so peaceful and still. There was no sign of the disaster that was just a few days away. The apples were pulling down the tree’s branches and the rhododendrons were exploding with red blooms. Julie’s bike was in the front yard, its streamers flapping in the wind. One tear plopped onto the photo and I quickly brushed it away. I stuck the picture back into my wallet; I didn’t want to ruin it.

The train continued to rattle along, making a lot of noise. I tried to fall asleep, but the racket wouldn’t let me. I put my jacket over my face, trying to block out the harsh lighting of the train. I don’t know how long I sat like that, but when I pulled the jacket away, there was a man sitting across from me.

I flinched, and put the jacket back over my face. The tears were still escaping from my eyes, and I didn’t want a stranger asking me if I was fine. I tried to listen past the din of the train and focus on the rain hitting the window. It was a calmer sound, not as angry and chaotic. IO remembered sitting on our porch, listening to the light summer rain pattering against the roof and the leaves. I liked to watch it make rings in the bird bath.


Krista said...

I love it. :)

mlmitton said...

This is my favorite thing you've written so far, and I love it.

Here's what I see: I like that I actually don't know what happened. Well, anyone can do that, I guess, but the trick is to nevertheless evoke feelings we all understand. I keep thinking about that first phrase, "He walked off with my ticket..." the only direct reference to "him". You're on a train, so this could be literal, with him stranding you. Or figurative, with him stranding you. Or a few other options, all of which may apply. But I like that you dismiss what he did (or who he is) in a single clause, and then turn to you, because it really isn't about him anymore. And what about Julie, or rather, Julie's bike. Your child, maybe she died. Maybe that was that the disaster. That's what I see, anyway.

In what season does this take place?

Megz said...

wow. That is the best response I've gotten so far and that was just a writing sample. I don't really know this season; but if it was Oregon the season would'nt really matter would it? :)