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I've been creative writing all my life, though with various haitus(es) along the way. IFrom 2010 I started this blog and enjoyed sharing writing and other information with everyone. illness and bereavement supplied the more recent hiatus.

Friday, 28 January 2011

No Fear Blogfest

Post a passage in which your MC (or your favourite fictional character) shows their bravery. It might be in the face of physical danger, or peer pressure or personal sacrifice. It might be epic bravery or bravery that goes unnoticed by anyone but us, your devoted readers. Bravery is not the absence of fear - that is recklessness. Bravery is overcoming fear, or doing what is right despite the fear. Your entry can be as long or as short as you want, although spare a thought for those who want to read all the thousands of entries!

When? Friday 28th- 30th January

Dom will choose 6 finalists for a public vote sometime after 12pm EST on Sunday 30th Jan. Voting will be open for 7 days.

Here's my 1, 046 word entry in two parts. As always you can click on the images twice to view better:
Part 1:
Part 2:

As Susan Jeffers says: Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway! So I chose this idea as my theme.


  1. Hi Madeleine,
    This is great - I love the fact that keeping the second diary - in defiance of her mother - so much empowers your MC. No shouting, no blatant retribution for unfair treatment, just the brave decision to keep a 'decoy' diary, containing nothing of personal value, and a real one, where all her true thoughts and feelings can find expression, away from mother's prying eyes.
    Really good.
    All best

  2. Hi,

    Just love this act of inner defiance and self-empowerment. Fab little snippet!


  3. Oh I love the pretend diary to mask the real diary!! Very clever!!!!

    Mum is a bit of a nightmare!! So good for your brave mc to beat her at her own game!! Good luck with this -I really enjoyed it! Take care

  4. What an evil mother but good on her daughter for keeping the secret diary - a very brave act.

    One of my favourite pieces from you!

  5. I enjoyed the read and bravo to her! If my mother would have read my diary- I would not have been able to forgive her. LOL Its every kids nightmare...lol

  6. It felt deliciously bad...ooh, great description. I felt the oppressive tone of the MC's life. Great job.
    Edge of Your Seat Romance

  7. Great snippet, Madeline! Loved the descriptions and how you wove in the MC's dysfunctional life and how inner bravery nourished the MC. Gooooood Job!

  8. I really enjoyed reading your entry! Great job!

    (I love the way you put the writing in a diary/journal format!)

  9. This is really good Madeleine. You do a great job of creating a detestable antagonist, and I loved the fact that your mc did not lash out (verbally or physically), did not run away or turn on herself. I do not under-estimate the bravery of her defiance.

    Well written and thanks for entering my first blogfest


  10. I also liked that you did it in diary form.

    Subtle but powerful writing. Well done. Again, I really enjoyed the subtlety.


  11. Bravo Madeleine! I loved your piece - such wonderful descriptions (like a hot thistle...)I was hooked straight away. What a brave MC - it takes strength to stand up to a domineering mother.

  12. Nice! Your poor MC, but she's brave alright, making her stand in a subtle way but definately making a stand.


  13. Fantastic entry. Your MC is certainly one to sympathize with. I love her cleverness. Nice job!

  14. I really felt the emotion in this, and particularly for someone young it's very brave to take a stand against a parent. Beautifully written. Nothing wrong with freshly set blancmange, though :-)

  15. Well done. You drew me in from the start. I'd like to know what happens next with this girl!

  16. The theme of the blogfest comes through clearly, and yours too. Feel the fear and go on still. Great excerpt. I enjoyed reading.

  17. You do a great job. You have created a very domineering antagonist. This form of rebellion showed her bravery. She accepting that her parent's action was unfair and found a way to overcome adversity and created a way to enjoy her privacy without resorting to harming herself or others.

  18. Ooh! I love the idea of using a decoy, rather than the more obvious reaction of calling her mother out on her intrusion. That act of defiance gives me hope for this character.

  19. I like using an act of bravery as an opportunity to introduce conflict or throw a twist in the plot. Go left when the reader expects a right turn. Nicely done.

  20. Thank you everyone. I am pleased you enjoyed my piece. :O)

  21. Well done Madeleine.

    And thanks for the stylish blogger award. You have such a lovely place here.


  22. Madeleine,
    I thoroughly enjoyed this piece...I would not have even thought of having a journal so I am glad that your MC had one and thought of using a decoy so she could keep her private thoughts private. Would love to see more on this girl.



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