My Books, Writing

7-7-7 times 3

Author Dana Mason tagged me for a 7-7-7 challenge on Facebook, but since I’d just posted another challenged concerning my WIP, I decided to post my response—tripled—here, instead. The challenge calls for you to go to page 7 of your WIP, count down 7 lines, and then share the next 7 lines. Since I have three Works-In-Progress, I’m giving you 7-7-7 of all three. Sorry, I’m not sharing titles, yet.

 Book #1 – Paranormal

Julie stared out across the yard. For a moment, the only sound was the clink of ice against glass as she stirred her tea with a fingertip. “Maybe we’ll resume the life we had before Megan was born.”

“Maybe,” he said, his tone so noncommittal it stripped the word of meaning. More than age had made them nearly unrecognizable as the same couple in the wedding portrait hanging in the foyer. He thought about that a lot lately. Had they actually changed or just moved apart? And, whichever had happened, was it too late to reverse it?

 ~~~~~

Book #2 – Romantic Comedy

“Do you require something more, Ms. Shaw?”

The arrogance in his voice snaps me back to earth. “Not from you, Mr. Hi— Pearce.” As I head toward the stairs, I’m aware his door hasn’t closed, and I figure since he’s watching my ass anyway, I might as well give him a better look, so I stop at the top of the steps, turn my back to him, and pull down my sweats to show him the cheetah print thong I’m wearing. His door clicks closed, but not before I hear him gasp.

Game tied.

~~~~~

Book #3 – Women’s Fiction

“We’ve had break-ins, Nicole. You know that.”

“Funny how those break-ins always occur in the middle of the day when I’m at work.”

Curtis kicked the duffle, but then he sat still. After a moment, he looked up at me like a child still hoping to talk his way out of punishment. “Where am I supposed to go?”

I took a deep breath. I could do this. “Why not move in with your scummy girlfriend?” Surprise lit his glance before it hardened to a glare. He thought he’d kept that secret from me. “Let her support your habit.”

 ~~~~~

There you go. I hope something sparked your interest.

I’m supposed to tag seven other writers to take up the 7-7-7 challenge, but I recently tagged writers on another FB challenge, so I won’t choose anyone here. But if you’d like to share seven lines of your work-in-progress, please do so in the comments or, if on your blog, leave a link for us.

Linda

15 thoughts on “7-7-7 times 3”

  1. Ooooh, these are good! I particularly like the first one, which could almost stand alone on itself and makes me want to read that book, and I love the last part of the third one. Nice work!

    (And totally stealing this for my blog. I love the 7-7-7 game!)

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  2. The snippets sound interesting. To be working on three manuscripts at the same time, is it hard to keep each storyline, point-of-view, etc. separate?

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    1. No, it isn’t, David, because the stories and characters are all so different from each other. I probably wouldn’t try writing three books in the same genre at the same time.

      The paranormal is a revision of a novel I finished in 2000, so working on that is almost like recalling a memory. The women’s fiction grew from characters I created for a couple of short stories a few years ago, so they’re old friends to my muse. Only the romantic comedy is new and because the characters are younger than my usual and I have to keep it lighter than my usual, it would be hard to mix it up with the other two. I just take a few minutes to read a few pages back from where I left off, and then I “get into character” and go for it.

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