An exercise in writing to a prompt…

So, Would you buy such a book as this?

Bruce Haase

Bruce Haase


prompt: “A Beginning & An End”

write a “grabber first and last paragraph”

to make someone buy your book…

by Bruce Haase

an exercise in literary fiction  Feb 2015

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 —first page—

Silently, with power and unending will, October’s first high-tide swept into the harbor. It nourished the life clinging to the pilings and seawalls. The incoming tide brought with it change, hope and possibilities. Close to a hundred fishing boat lifted and creaked, they groaned themselves awake, they had the townspeople, indeed the town itself, to nourish. 

          Across the small apartment the small alarm clock chirped and blinked 3:10am. Hilly’s eyes opened slowly, she would pull herself up, to prepare for her 4am shift at the dockside diner. Ten hour shifts, six days a week, she would supply humor and coffee, hope and encouragement, omelets and sympathy, whatever was required. Hilly had to rise, for like the tide, she had the town to nourish.

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—last page—

The dusk and the drizzle surrounded Hilly as she walked home, her sadness over the loss held her head down and shoulders weakened. She hoped a hot bath, soft music and the tropical candle scent would dull her pain. 3:10 am will be here again, she will have to be ready and strong.

The last tide change of October slowly crept away to join the great sea. It swept away the detritus of life and death from the harbor, as it must. As it must prepare for a new cycle, another day,  a new month, with new hopes and possibilities. It’s the way of the sea, and the land, and all of their lives. Everything changes, nothing changes.

In her hot bath, Hilly wept…

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~(300 words)    first draft     Feb 8, 2015

Write Your Story @ the Union City Library

 Join our senior library member Bruce Haaseeiffel_tower_blue
and write your memoir. Bruce is life long reader, he
now writes memoire-based, creative non-fiction.
These are informal meetings ,
to support each other and organize your thoughts
for writing. Sharing is optional.
Meetings take place
The Third Tuesday of the month
January 20, February 17,
and March 17
1 p.m. — 3 p.m.
Please bring pen & paper
For more information contact Bruce Hasse


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