Fear in Writing: A Journal Entry from my MC

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

A Journal Entry from my MC

A fun contest from Matthew Delman at Free the Princess.  The rules are listed below, but first, my entry...

Hey Journal,
Met a murderer today at a crime scene.  I don't mean he was there, but I could feel him like I always do when the body is still in situ.  How could I not feel his intent?  After all, I've killed, too.

R. Bell

Here are the rules:
1. Your diary entry must be three to four sentences long.

2. You are allowed as many entries as you can come up with.

3. It doesn't have to be funny; if you can come up with a poignant entry in four sentences, then feel free to submit.

4. You can write it from the perspective of any FICTIONAL character you choose. (If you write historical fiction then you're excused from this rule -- contact me otherwise if you want to write it from the viewpoint of a historical person)

5. It must be posted in the comments of this post no later than 12 am U.S. Eastern Time on Tuesday, June 29, 2010.
My journal entry is from the perspective of my MC, Det. Ryan Bell of the Nashville Police.  It was fun to write from his perspective.  It got me thinking how he would talk, and even begin the journal--dear, hi, yo...I'd love to read all of your entries, so include them in your comment, or leave your link.  And don't forget to link back to Matthew's site if you're participating in the contest.
Thanks, Matthew, for a fun challenge that helped me get into the mind of my MC.


  1. Great teaser too!
    Thanks Michele.

  2. Michele - Oh, that's a terrific idea, and I love your entry. I should try this...

  3. Enjoyed your entry. Good luck, neat contest.

    Thoughts in Progress

  4. But I'm so not a journaler! What is with me that I don't journal?

  5. Al- I didn't realize that till I was done writing...but you're right!

    Diane- I thought so, too...and you should read how he came up with it--really sweet.

    Margot- It was fun. I recommend it!

    Mason- Thanks, and I kind of forgot it was a contest. I wonder what the prize is?

    Cyntha- I'm not either. And neither is my MC, but this was a good way to get into his head.

  6. Oh, that sounds like fun. Thanks for letting us know.

  7. Love this idea and loved your entry! And we definitely need to catch up again soon!

  8. Fun idea! Your MC sure sounds interesting!

  9. I'm impressed with your short excerpt!