A free writing exercise, designed to simply get words on a page with no self editing. I only used three of the five word prompts but I really enjoyed the exercise.



The cinema was a haven for Liz; she could escape her life for a few hours and enjoy the movie. Her friends laughed at her spending so much precious money on films, but Liz needed some way to escape her real life, they had their alcohol or their new fling but Liz could never bring herself to cheat on her husband. It wasn’t his fault there was so little money coming in and he was always decent towards her. She felt no love from him, it was more like living with a friend and not even a close friend who you could talk to for all Tim wanted to do was unwind in-front of the television and ignore the world passing by. Liz guessed that everyone needed their way to escape, no-one round here had much money and people were losing jobs so quickly and with hardly a reason that everyone was on edge and desperate. Liz worked as a cleaner for a business, the hours were monotonous and grueling, she sometimes worked late into the night but Tim would never minded; he always responded with a casual shrug and said he would just grab something to eat on his way home. Liz knew he never did, he preferred to be filled with beer and yet Liz had never known him to be drunk, for he drank only two beers each night, like some sort of sacred ritual. Liz escaped this repetitive evening when she came to the bright lights of the cinema. It was only a few coins she told herself, yet it was a pricey form of escape. She got home late from the cinema and found Tim had already gone to sleep on their small bed, wrapped tightly in the blanket yet shivering in their cold apartment. Liz felt guilty for spending her money on watching a stupid film when they needed money to give a bit of heat. She climbed into the bed next to him and tried to warm him a little with her body heat.


Here’s the link if you are interested in taking part;

blanket – falsetto – cumbersome – cinema – coins

You may use one or all of the words. Don’t force it. If only one speaks to you, that is your muse. Go with it. If you can use all of them with little effort (no over thinking it) then let it flow. I look forward to reading you.



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