John Marsden Writing Topic #361

Write about a time when you were frightened…embarrassed…angry…proud…jealous…happy**

Frightened–The last time I felt frightened, or at least a little bit, was when I was hours away from having my first medical procedure. I was frightened that something would go wrong or that I would react badly to the anaesthetic and die.

Embarrassed–The last time I felt embarrassed was when I was on a first date with a man I briefly dated last year and my nerves got the better of me and I was stirring my straw….the straw wasn’t in my drink and I was dripping Cola on a table. I was actually embarrassed of myself the entire time because I was so nervous.

Angry–The last time I felt angry was when a man I dated briefly, who I ended up being friends with, told me he didn’t want to be my friend anymore because he was seeing someone new. I was angry because it felt like our friendship wasn’t real or all a lie.

Proud–The last time I felt proud was last September when I completed my first fun run (more like a fun walk) since high school. I was proud (of myself) because I trained for it for weeks and I beat my training times.

Jealous–The last time I felt jealous was when the last man I had feelings for, who I was friends with for a while, told me he was seeing someone new.

Happy–The last time I felt happy was three years ago. I felt happy on a holistic level—I was doing great at uni, my writing career took off and I was in a loving, stable and happy relationship.


**Reference: Marsden J 1998, Everything I Know About Writing, Pan Macmillan, Australia.

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