It wasn’t the first time I had sought praise. Constantly hungry, every dish of “you did good” digested too soon and left me famished again. I craved satisfaction that did not last, and I was empty once more. 


This is my entry in the Trifextra using the phrase “it wasn’t the first time” plus 33 more words.



About paulajwray

I am a writer and I live in the Rocky Mountains of southwest Colorado with my husband and a balding black cat. I write humor, flash fiction, creative non-fiction, inspirational essays, and poetry. When I'm not writing, making lists, or forcing a family member to listen to something I've written, I'm reading, gardening, or laughing with my friends. I also, occasionally, sit and stare.
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12 Responses to Applause

  1. barbara says:

    this leaves me unsure of what to say. I will say – I know whereof you speak

  2. Paula J says:

    I think that writers, like other artists, want an admiring audience. I am skeptical of those who say they write only for the joy of putting the words on paper and don’t need anyone to read what they have written. I need both and I find it is a fine line to walk. I sometimes practically court my inbox looking for comments on what I have written. I admit I am foolishly needy in this respect. Of course, this little snippet of prose/poetry could mean so much more. I savor your comment.

  3. Chelle says:

    I think you captured a need most of us have on whatever level or subject. I, too, court my inbox some days. 🙂

  4. Averyanne says:

    Okay, friend, in this case I will not comment so much on your writing as on your fine artwork. The guy with the pink fauxhawk in the back absolutely slayed me!!!!

  5. Sandra says:

    I can so relate, and I totally admire your honesty. That inbox is fuel for our next and better inspiration for writing.

  6. jannatwrites says:

    I hate to tell you this was great, for fear it might leave you wanting for more….but I really did enjoy this 🙂

  7. There’s no amount of praise that can keep us going forever. And I agree it’s a huge part of being in any sort of art, to want to share with someone else, to connect and been seen.
    Thanks for linking up. We hope to see you back for the new prompt tomorrow.

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