There are two kinds of people in the world: those who make excuses and those who get results. An excuse person will find any excuse for why a job was not done, and a results person will find any reason why it can be done. Be a creator, not a reactor. — Alan Cohen, A Deep Breath Of Life


Pantomime in writing, and pantomime in acting are different. In writing, a pantomime is basically a chunk of words used to describe a person, situation, feeling, etc. Pantomimes don’t include dialogue, and they often use exaggerated descriptions. See the example below, which I wrote using a prompt. The prompt was: a mother is nervously waiting for her daughter to come home, it is 3:00am, and she is smoking. Here it is:

Her mother paced the living room, accidentally knocking over a small glass vase, but she paid it no mind. She glanced at the clock; two minutes had passed. She took a seat, and rocked, taking long puffs from her cigarette. A moment later she jumped to her feet, and thrust her face against an opening in the blinds. Still not here. Her mother snuffed out her half-cigarette and proceeded to light another stick of tar inhaling deeply. She tapped her fingers lightly against the surfaces she passed, counting to 60 as she went. She glanced at her watch; two more minutes. As the silence grew stronger around her, the louder blood pumped within. Her mother soon found herself eye-to-eye with photographs of her, all the way from pre-school. She bit her lip, and hustled to the window for one last look; a street lamp flickered down the road, then ceased to glow altogether.


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