Okay, so I’m still catching up from the end of last year – 2019 is turning out to be my best #AWizardIsNeverLate year ever.
Here’s another writing exercise. One tip that I use to free up my mind and get the words to flow easily is starting with the hardest word (for me) and fit the other ones around it. In this case “cliche” is not an easy word for me, or one that I would ordinarily choose to put in my writing. So I came up with a cliche – pixies have notorious sweetteeth (yes, that is a word) (and I got “dessert” in there). “Baleful” is easy-peasy in fantasy – villains anyone?
dessert, cliche, baleful
“Nina,” he hissed. “Nina! Come one we have to-what are you doing?”
“Hmm?” she looked up at him and blinked.
His eyes flicked to the display in the window behind her, and he sighed. Towering mounds of fluffy white icing draped in tiers of chocolate sponge with roses of spun sugar on top, tiny delectables dusted with edible glitter, and a dozen other desserts tantalized through the bakery window. Though it was the middle of the night, flame-less candles lit the entire display.
“Now is no time to get distracted by cakes,” he said, yanking on her arms.
“I wasn’t getting distracted,” Nina pouted. “That is such a cliche. You think that just because I’m a pixie, I can’t resist a treat.”
“It’s not a cliche. It’s a fact of life,” he said. “Now, come on! We don’t have much time.”
The pair ran down the side of the street, their footsteps sounding loud in the darkness. They rounded the corner, and skidded to a stop, the baleful creature crouched and waiting, red eyes glowing. A forked tail twitched behind it, and an ominous rumble grew in its throat.