April Prompt: Time After Time

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April Prompt: Time After Time

Postby Sky Alton » Mon Apr 02, 2018 7:53 pm

Of this allow,
If ever you have spent time worse ere now;
If never, yet that Time himself doth say
He wishes earnestly you never may.
-Time in The Winter’s Tale

Time is an important part of fiction. Often a scene in a book will take roughly the same amount of time to read as it would to happen in actuality. On other occasions we’re transported hours, days, weeks, months or even years in the space of just one page (or one speech, as with the Shakespeare quote above). If you think about it, a book is a type of time travel.

Now I’ve taken my own sweet time to introduce this month’s theme, the prompt is to write a story (of at least 200 words) where you play with time. This could be directly by featuring time travel or it could be narratively by using flashbacks, flash forwards or telling a story about two different time periods. You’ll earn 20 beans for completing this prompt as well as it counting towards the chance to snag our shiny Quill and Ink award.

There is no deadline as such for these prompts but if you’d like it to count towards your chance of earning the award for a specific year, we’ll need it by the end of that school year. If you’re comfortable sharing, then post below. If not, email your story to us via hol.bookclub @ gmail.com (without the spaces). Oh and remember it’s a good idea to check through your piece carefully for spelling and grammatical errors as they make it harder for people to properly enjoy your work.
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Re: April Prompt: Time After Time

Postby Bull J. Johnson » Wed Apr 04, 2018 3:46 am

(I'm doing a big book with a lot of hol prompts. This is part two of a story I'm writing. Thank you for the prompt.)

Soon the kids had finished rehearsing and their mother Karol had woken up from her long nap and went to fix dinner. They had ham, and steamed vegetables, with mashed potatoes, which is something that was a tradition in their family every Christmas.

All of a sudden Jacob got on to his feet and declared to their mother, "Ma we have put on a Christmas nativity play for your enjoyment. If you would kindly see us in five minute time in the living room the show will begin shortly." With that he turned and went to the living room to get ready for the play. The rest of the kids got up also and followed their big brother.



No one talked for the next few minutes as they hurried about getting ready to put on the play. Jacob started to think about the last time he and his two eldest sisters had put on the last play. That play was for their father the Christmas before he left them. Never to look back or send them a letter ever again. Back then Jacob was only five years old, but he remembered that awful day as if it just happened this year even though he was thirteen years older now.


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