Writing Prompt #8: You find a box in the attic that isn’t yours.

Written By: Jess - May• 13•14

Box in AtticFor this one I decided to have some fun and play around with tense. I picked present tense because it’s my least favorite to read and usually write. However, since these prompts are pretty much exercises, I thought a little challenge would do me some good. Present tense it was. There’s more ‘telling’ here than I’d like but that’s what happens sometimes when you only get 100 words. All in all, I’d say I like how it turned out – even if I still hate present tense.

Today’s Writing Prompt:

 You find a box in the attic that isn’t yours.

My 100 Words:

She tiptoes down the hall and peers down the stairs, looking for the glow of the T.V. coming from the living room. Angie holds her breath until she hears the loud and overwhelming snores coming from her Papa. Her lips quirk and she bolts toward the thin rope hanging from the ceiling.

Angie launches herself through the air and with her momentum pulls the hatch and ladder down.

“Yes,” she whispers.

Tiny feet hammer up the rickety wood before raven hair burst into the muggy space. Angie scans the floorboards until she sees it.

Grandma calls it ‘The Portal Box.’

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  1. I want a portal box. That would be so cool. Fun story

  2. Alison says:

    That was cool and I love what you did with the dreaded present tense. 😀

  3. Well that introduces all kinds of fun!

  4. Exploring with different tenses is good… I struggle with present tense, too. It feels weird. But this story sounded great, and I LOVE the character! I want to know where the portal box leads and what Angie does when she gets there. This is beautiful and fun, really has the feel of a great fantasy story.

  5. Lindzee says:

    Awesome first foray into present tense! Hardest one to write imo.

  6. Miranda D Nelson says:

    Present tense is tough, but you did great! I love the story, I’m super curious as to where this story goes next!

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