This week’s prompt: Tension
Last week’s prompt: Marginal
MidWrites, or Midnight Writes, are a weekly exercise designed to encourage a regular writing practice and discourage overthinking and writer’s block. New prompts are given on Wednesdays, but look at the prompt any day you want to write. Once you look at a prompt, you have until midnight that night to write it.
Writers are encouraged to write a short (less than one page) piece about the topic. MidWrites aren’t meant to be “good.” There is no time for editing. No time for stalling. Just write. Whatever comes to mind. By midnight.
My MidWrite for the previous week will be posted here. Send me your MidWrite in the form below. I look forward to writing with you!
Carly Marginal 6.16.21
It comes to me in the in-between times, the neither here nor there, the unfilled void. It’s the monster under the bed, the gap between my teeth, the cobwebbed closet under the stairs. It’s in the chasms, the margins, the transitions.
What makes a thing just slightly off: the dream not quite remembered, the view not as you pictured it? Old floorboards not quite meeting. Quarterly numbers down by a smidgen. Edged out by the thinnest amount: maybe this restaurant is better, but not enough to care, or the other extreme, this athlete crossing the finish line mere inches ahead of the other. Tiny moments of space that mean nearly nothing, or mean everything.
In the margins, a mysterious quality lives. It’s a kind of tension, that of things not quite done, not yet done. The silence in an orchestral pause. Unfulfilled notions that keep life moving inexorably, inevitably, onward.