You see it in movies and read it in books all the time, but how well can you write a ‘speak now or forever hold your peace’ wedding moment?!

‘Speak now or forever hold your peace’ is a common wedding phrase in movies, theater, books and in other categories of entertainment. Thankfully, it’s not as widely used in real life anymore; but that doesn’t mean we can’t bring it back for a new writing exercise!

Scenario: Envision yourself (or your character) as the guest at a prominent wedding ceremony. Everyone is on their best behavior and using their best manners, when the officiant (priest, best friend who got ordained on the internet, etc.) utters a version of the age-old statement: “if anyone can show just cause why this couple cannot lawfully be joined together in matrimony, let them speak now or forever hold their peace.” Suddenly, and unexpectedly, someone interrupts….

Timed Exercise: You only have 30 minutes to write, so make the most of your time. If you finish before the time is up, see if you can add more or edit what is already there.

The goal is to try and complete a very short scene/story in the allotted time window. Once you’re done, if there’s something to the scene/story you wrote, re-work it into a real project. Some of the best ideas come from everyday writing exercises. Now, set your timer and get writing!