Daily Writing Prompt (02/25/2017): Heart of Darkness (201 Words)

Today’s writing prompt comes from Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. I wrote my completed excerpt with a Pilot Metropolitan fine nib fountain pen using Noodler’s Heart of Darkness ink. The prompt is a total of 201 words.

I think I’m seeing some improvement. It may be the fine nib fountain pen that made this look better than the other days. Tomorrow, I’m going to focus on trying to keep my letters lying on the baseline.

I bought two rollerball pens, a Lamy 2000 and a Parker IM, and I am looking forward to writing with them. Below is my completed excerpt.


“I heard a light sigh and then my heart stood still, stopped dead short
by an exulting and terrible cry, by the cry of inconceivable triumph and
of unspeakable pain. ‘I knew it—I was sure!’… She knew. She was
sure. I heard her weeping; she had hidden her face in her hands. It
seemed to me that the house would collapse before I could escape, that
the heavens would fall upon my head. But nothing happened. The heavens
do not fall for such a trifle. Would they have fallen, I wonder, if I
had rendered Kurtz that justice which was his due? Hadn’t he said he
wanted only justice? But I couldn’t. I could not tell her. It would have
been too dark–too dark altogether….”

Marlow ceased, and sat apart, indistinct and silent, in the pose of a
meditating Buddha. Nobody moved for a time. “We have lost the first of
the ebb,” said the Director suddenly. I raised my head. The offing was
barred by a black bank of clouds, and the tranquil waterway leading to
the uttermost ends of the earth flowed sombre under an overcast
sky—seemed to lead into the heart of an immense darkness.

Pilot Metropolitan Noodler's Heart of Darkness
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, written with a Pilot Metropolitan fine nib fountain pen using Noodler’s Heart of Darkness ink.
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