Today’s writing prompt focuses on describing physical movements and a character’s physical presence. And it just might get your adrenaline pumping. Keep reading to see the full writing prompt and my completed version of it.
Today’s Writing Prompt: A Moment Of Bold Action
Today, write about a bold action one of your characters takes. Try to focus on and describe their physical motions and presence as much as possible, to hone those writing skills.
Completed Version of Today’s Writing Prompt
A Moment Of Bold Action, by K.E. Creighton
Lionel was walking down 15th Street. He was on his way to catch the 35 bus toward downtown and was hoping he’d be early for the first job interview he’d had in months.
After his most recent DUI, Lionel had to take the bus everywhere. At first, he hated it because he was always late when he took the bus. But once he realized how much money he saved not filling his car with gas each week, and mastered the schedules and routes and drivers, he grew to like it more than driving himself.
Thelma was driving around this time on this route and she was always punctual. She was a bit rude sometimes, sure, but she was always on time.
Lionel reached the bus stop precisely on time, just as Thelma edged the bus next to the curb. He hadn’t noticed, however, that his left shoe was untied. When he reached the top step inside the bus, his right foot was standing on his left shoe’s loose lace and Lionel’s body lurched forward as he lifted his left leg to clear the top stair. Without hesitation, Thelma jumped up to catch his elbows to brace his fall. But she hadn’t realized she had let go of the brake.
The tall man standing behind Lionel on the next step down roughly pushed Lionel to the left to lean over him, reaching for the brake. The three of them were all in a pile on the floor in the entryway of the bus within seconds. Lionel felt his knees crunch on the lip of the top stair of the bus and saw Thelma’s head bleeding where their skulls had cracked together. Then he pulled back from the pile they were in to yell at the tall man for making a bad situation worse.
But as Lionel stood up to gather his bearings, he caught a glimpse of a little girl and her mother hand-in-hand, stepping up onto the sidewalk just ahead of the bus. The tall man grunted and said, “You can’t forget to pull the emergency brake.”