This week Charli has given us a prompt where we show fear and a fate worse than death. She says October 1, 2014 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) show a character confronting something worse than death. It can be a universal fear or something unique to the character. What does this fear reveal about motive? Does it color the tone, deepen the plot or add to absurdity? Go ahead, poke a pencil at fear this week.
Fear is something I have been thinking of this week. I joined toastmasters just over a year ago in order to overcome my fear of speaking in public. They say that public speaking is the top fear and most people would prefer to be laying in the coffin than giving the eulogy. If I was ever going to sell my book Nightmare in Paradise I would have to sell myself and that means talking to groups of people. If I couldn’t string two words together who would believe I could write a book. At toastmasters last week I spoke about fear using fear as an acronym. It could be a negative emotion meaning False Evidence Appearing Real which is exactly what fear is. However, you can turn this into a positive of Feeling Excited and Ready. I have decided that this is my new approach to fear. Never again will I let my fears (of which I don’t have many) take over my life.
Famous last words. I will still get scared in cars taking corners and if combined with sheer valleys on either side of the road I expect I will still become hysterical.
The world tumbled as the glass broke and metal twisted. Over and over it turned. My body thrown forwards then backwards. Finally the sound of the ginding metal stopped. Silence. Silence as total as the pain was immense. I tried to move. I had to get out. I had to get out but I couldn’t move.
I could hear sounds now. Voices. Rescuing sounds. Sounds of sirens. Chopper blades. They bundled me, protected me, collared me, carried me, whispered reassurances to me. I didn’t care. I wished that I was dead. Alive from the head up was something worse than death.
When it comes to public speaking however and other little challenges I am going to approach them head on, feeling excited and ready.