Writing 101 – Compose a Series of Vignettes

Hi, Hey, Hello!

How are we are on this almost-the-weekend Thursday?

Not gonna lie I totally spaced on what the hell a vignette was when I saw this prompt and had to resort to Google to get my memory back. (There is something slightly jarring when I don’t remember something that is very much rooted in the field that I claim to be good in straight away. The other day someone asked me a grammar question and I’m STILL not 100% sure I gave them the right answer…)

Anyway I know what it is now (I always did I just needed a reminder) and so I am gonna get on with it.

I was promised a room that I could call my own. Something with foundations that I could build upon. A place that I could create in and add my flair and spark to. Something solid. Something with longevity. I was promised that when I was 10.

I was promised that I would find the place where I belong one day. A place where I didn’t have to worry about laughing too loudly or crying too much. A place in which I was allowed to be creative and consequently completely myself. Somewhere where there was no right or wrong. Only love. I was promised that when I was 13.

I was promised a version of forever. A place where staring at the stars and simply existing would be enough. A place where there would always be a safety net to fall back on to. Something that I could count on in a world where on nothing else was all that certain. Somewhere where there was only the reassuring embrace of comfort and love in a harsh world. I was promised that when I was 17.

I was promised greatness. A chance to shine and excel. A chance to see the pay off of all my work. Something that would propel me forward. Something that I could look back on. A chance to truly do something that I love. I was promised that when I was 22.

I have been promised many things in my short time on this earth. A home, a family, love, my career. I have had to work at the last one and one day I will see the pay off. No matter how hard that may be, I will. It won’t be when I was promised but that is nothing new for me.

I had long given up the hope that the other three promises would be fulfilled. But you have given me that chance. Against all the odds you have given me that. Do not make me a promise that you can’t keep. I can deal with the reality of life.

I cannot deal with another broken promise.

Parentheses count: 2. See you tomorrow!

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Sophie, twenty-something, avid reader, writer, really good at watching whole seasons of TV shows in one weekend and using 10 words where 5 will do, overzealous user of the ellipsis and parentheses, starts too many sentences with ‘and’ and ‘so’, living in a continual state of Wanderlust.

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