In Confidence

I tell you this in confidence. I tell you this because it is true.  I tell you, I have seen love, and his is shallow, when it should drill deep into his core.


I had to keep this one short; I wrote it in about 33 minutes!

This post was written in response to two prompts:

Trifecta Writing Challenge :

You should write a creative response using the given word. You must use the word in your response, and you must use it correctly. Your response can be no fewer than 33 and no more than 333 words. This week’s word is:

confidence (noun)

1 a : a feeling or consciousness of one’s powers or of reliance on one’s circumstances <had perfect confidence in her ability to succeed> <met the risk with brash confidence>

b : faith or belief that one will act in a right, proper, or effective way <have confidence in a leader>

2 : the quality or state of being certain : certitude <they had every confidence of success>

3 a: a relation of trust or intimacy <took his friend into his confidence>
b : reliance on another’s discretion <their story was told in strictest confidence>
c : support especially in a legislative body <vote of confidence>

Write On Edge’s Red Writing Hood prompt:

Explore any meaning of the word “core” in a work of creative non-fiction/memoir or fiction.

21 responses to “In Confidence

  1. This is meaningful. I think it’s good!

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  2. “I tell you this because it is true.” I love that line.

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  3. I love that you are able to use repetition in such a short reponse in a very powerful way. What a compelling warning.

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  4. You do a beautiful job of getting to the heart of something in a handful of words. I like the repetition of “I tell you” — it gives it weight, like an incantation.

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  5. Oh, very nice. It expresses so much with so little.

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  6. The fun thing about such a gripping little piece like this is that it makes me picture it on the back of a book cover, making me want to find out more about the story.

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    • Hee! I have to admit, I don’t have anything further in this case. But it would be a good skill to hone, I think – writing those back-of-book-cover blurbs.

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    • What Angela said! “I tell you this because it is true.” would be in larger print to grab the eye!

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      • If I’m being honest, I love the first half or so of this little piece, but wasn’t really thrilled with the ending. I tend to work in sounds – that is, I come up with a phrase or sentence that I really like the sound of, and build from there. Sometimes it works, sometimes I miss the mark.

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  7. Love this. A very honest and heavy warning.

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  8. I like how I feel like we’re being brought into confidence.

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  9. Duh. As the title would suggest.

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  10. I would love to know the rest of the conversation there! Great job creating such a strong hook with so few words.

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  11. This is brilliant. I think that if Trifecta proves anything, it proves that a lot can be said in only 33 words. This is very powerful indeed. Thanks for linking up.

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  12. I love that you did 33 words in 33 minutes!!

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  13. this was delicious. There’s a depth, an ocean of life, behind those words. Very VERY well done!

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