A few days ago, Sarah Zama at The Old Shelter tagged me for the 777 Challenge. I hesitated as I was not sure which WIP was my current one. Is it the one with the beta-readers – “Storms Compass” – or the one I am re-writing with a new protagonist and a new location – “Fates Maelstrom”?
The 777 challenge requires you go to Page 7 of your work-in-progress, scroll down to Line 7 and share the next 7 sentences in a blog post. Once you have done this, you can tag 7 other bloggers to do the same with their work-in-progress.
I decided to let the ‘excerpts’ go head to head, just like my work has to do each day – which one is more pressing/tempting/ready. There was a clear winner as the excerpt from “Fates Maelstrom” is due to be radically changed.
So here is my excerpt from “Storms Compass” which was written as Book 1 of “Gossamer Flames”:
Smiling again, she [Arat] strides forward. Out of the gloom the shadows form into neem trees shrouding a solitary house, a survivor of the last earthquake. At the screen, lowered voices talking Kachhi make her fears vanish into the night.
Breathing more easily, she steps into the low-ceilinged room, which is bare of furnishings. Five men sit cross-legged on the earth floor, in the low light of two oil lamps, sipping chai from a brass urn in one corner. As Chatur embraces them, Arati raises her palmed hands to her chest in an anjali mudra greeting, retaining her distance.
Let the men embrace. I need to remain serene.
Does that sound interesting, or just confusing? At this stage, I am not sure how “Storms Compass” will be released. There is a chance that I may work on Book 2, called “Blood Tapestry”, and work together some existing stories into a seamless plot. The resulting novel would be released, and then “Storms Compass” as the prequel setting up the main novel. Or the individual stories that make up “Storms Compass” would be released.
But I’m getting side-tracked.
Back to the 777 Challenge. So who am I going to tag? I have a feeling that this challenge has done the rounds in some form or another, so I will start with volunteers. All those that can’t do it because of a good reason, step forward now.
Just remember, we do challenges to have fun. Please enjoy yourselves, and write crazy.
Hey Ronald, I won’t hide that I would have like to have a pick at the new story 😉
I rememebr this passage from my beta read. It sounds smoother now. And did you change the tense?
Your projects for Storm Compass sound very complex. Good luck with whatever path you’ll choose 🙂
Yes, I changed the tense by popular request. I managed to use almost all the beta-suggestions in new draft of “Storms Compass”.
And to wet your appetite, here is the other extract, from “Fates Maelstrom”, unedited and raw. (POV will change to Sparkle Morgan, the detective sergeant at the suspect’s police interview).
The solicitor turned to Twyla and said, ‘Your uncle carries influence in all the right circles and he wants this resolved as soon as possible. Don’t worry the family are all behind you – you’re a Locke whatever the police want to say.’
Twyla knew that her uncle Cameron had helped before but this time there were no excuses, and now she was being condemned to more time in that cold colorless cell. She was being forced to spend yet another night walled away with her memories, mistakes and failures. She closed her eyes but there was no escape.
[Italics] They know what happened and why. Their eyes will force the truth out. Can I keep Geffron’s demons at bay any longer?
I’m happy your shared this too. It’s so intriguing 🙂
I think that sounded really interesting!
I’ve done this challenge a couple of times before, but I think maybe I’ll do it again just for fun. ^_^
Thanks you for volunteering Tracey
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Thanks Tracey. Read your 777 and left two comments. 🙂
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