Voice 1 – Voice Week 2014

Yay, voice week is back. This is my third year participating in voice week but I did not join in last year. The object of voice week is to tell the same story each day in 100 words from the perspective of five different characters all having a different voice. It is a great challenge to practice getting into a character’s head, hearing their unique voice and writing it down so that your readers can hear it clearly too. It is not an easy task but it is an enjoyable one. If you want to participate or read any of the other participants work you can head over to voice week head quarters and find out more there.

So here is my first voice for this week:

Now or never. Now or never. Now or never.

I stare at the floor. Don’t make eye contact. My leg bounces up and down. I shiver. Sweat drips down my back. Deep breath in. Slow breath out. I shift my eyes straight ahead.

Niko has his head against the wall. His eyes are closed. His headphones are in. As if sensing my stare, he glances over, winks and stands. It’s the signal I’ve been waiting for.

I gulp.

Now or never. Now or never. Now or never.

I slowly rise. My hand fumbles in my pocket. Deaf. Black. Falling.

Thank you for reading. Please leave comments below. And once again if you wish to check out the other participants you can do it here.


About Billie Jo Schinnerer

Born and raised on the edge of the Helderberg Escarpment in eastern New York. Formerly a teacher. Moved to the North West area of England in 2003. Now a mother of three who doesn’t really know what she wants to be when she grows up.
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30 Responses to Voice 1 – Voice Week 2014

  1. yikici says:

    Ooo lovely to see you back Billie Jo, and what a great voice to start with, a very hesistant, but also determined young lady (I think), I wonder what they are up to…you achieved well by reeling the reader in, I was hooked completely, cannot wait for tomorrow. 🙂

    • Thank you Oz. I only just started back a couple weeks ago. This is only the second piece I have written in a very long time. It felt good but a little foreign too. And yes, this was a very hesitant young girl.

      • yikici says:

        Oh I know what you mean about it feeling foreign, it’s been like that for me too, like uncharted, yet familiar territory…it’s good to see your words and hear from you.

      • Thank you. I hope to get back on the horse and ride forward. I also am glad to reconnect with old friends. It is great to see you around still. 🙂

      • yikici says:

        Oh likewise, I too am in the same boat as you, hope we continue our journeys together, I most definitely want to complete one project this year at least. 🙂

  2. evan72 says:

    Hmm…well, needless to say I want to know more. Loved the emotion here–very powerful. Can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings!

  3. Carrie says:

    You can definitely sense the anticipation! The character is full of nerves but I’m not sure the gender.

    • This character is a young female but when I reread it just now I can see why that was not clear and to be honest there was another “voice” of a young male who also could possibly have got the first voice week post but I thought the female would start the week off better and so I cut the male. Perhaps the two blended a bit in the end.

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  5. Wow. Wow. Wow.
    This voice pulled me in instantly. I was physically tense by the second line, without even knowing what was going on. Still, of course, not sure what’s going on, but glued to the screen!

  6. elmowrites says:

    I loved the repeated lines – this voice not only makes me want to know more, but also want to know the character herself, who seems caught between determination and fear. Those last three words in particular switch the tone up a notch.

  7. This is really good. An excellent voice, sounds very female. And the story is really intriguing. I want to read more!

  8. Tara R. says:

    The repeated use of “now or never” is almost like a chant. It give this piece a feeling of desperation. I want to find out what is so urgent.

  9. KP says:

    The repetition builds the tension, here. It reads to me like a young male, I want to know what’s happening. Must read on …

  10. Beautifully crafted! Those short, sharp sentence fragments and the repetition added a superb sense of panic and desperation. I could feel the anxiety instantly. Really well done! 🙂

  11. Whoa! An abrupt ending, but I love the cliffhanger. Man, this character seems stressed. Is it natural or is it because of what they’re doing? Can’t wait to find out!

  12. LLDFiction says:

    Really nice work here… quite interesting.

  13. Parul says:

    A very distinct voice, a hesitant teenager I think. I enjoyed reading this!

  14. jenniesisler says:

    The tension in this makes me realize it won’t end well. For some reason I picture a female who’s in a bad situation and is trying to get out of it…very well written for so few words

  15. I really like this piece. It’s one of the best I’ve read. I’m going through all of these late. XD I really like your style. I really got her/his nervousness and I’m really interested to see what the character is going to do.

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