7.7.7 Challenge

There have been a few of these going around, and I love them 🙂 The 777 challenge is pretty simple, you take a 7 line extract from your current WIP writing. You go to page 7, down to line 7, and then take the next 7 lines.

If anyone else has this on their blog please let me know in the comments section below.

A couple of links to those I have enjoyed…

W C Cunningham 

Kristan Hoffman

Anthony Lee Collins

My current WIP is a Sci-fi series. Book one is being edited now (extract taken from book one), Book two is drafted and ready for edit, and Book three is in rough draft / planning stage.

Hope you enjoy! 🙂

Extract from The Wall by G.L.Cromarty

The satellites were down; everything was down. Peter swallowed hard. “Would you look at that?” He stood on unsteady legs, oblivious to everything but the great wall viewer.

The endless, harrowing cycle of an alarm shattered an otherwise silent room. The final message blinked. The emergency lighting came on, and all nonessential services ceased.

“Did we lose the station?” his assistant asked with a slight hitch in his voice.

Peter continued to stare at the viewer, aware that the eyes of his assistant rested on him.

“Yes.” Peter paused, at a loss for a moment. “It would seem that we did.”

Edit, edit, edit! Write!

The last 8 weeks have been all about editing. I feel like I have explored my book in infinite detail, and at the same time I cannot escape the fear that I have still not done enough.

After all that intensive, reading, checking, changing, adding, and deleting of something I have looked at already many times, it has gone. It is now back with my editor, and I feel strangely at a loss, like something is missing.

Now I have a gap or about another 8 weeks, but after all that editing I am worried that I have forgotten how to write!

I think it is going to take a little while to find the flow of writing again. d8aca537aa0dda35c694b5979713537e.jpgI drafted book two, and have a planned to some extent book 3. So, it’s time to get back into writing, get back into the detailed planning of the final book, and start tapping away.

I have realized many things going through this process, but one of them in particular is how much I love to just write. To some extent I would like to stop there at the draft, and not bother with all this polish and perfection. But I also have a bit of a love-hate thing going on with editing. It think of it a bit like weeding the garden. You switch the one part of the brain off and hack, cut, chop and pull the rest of it about until – voila – you have a beautifully manicured garden. Ok, maybe not quite a manicured garden yet, perhaps more of an emerging ramble of charm that you can see the potential in.

I have enjoyed seeing the book shift from that waddling toddler into a slightly more robust child. I am making my way slowly, but I know that my book is growing up.

I am a terribly impatient person, and I am containing this as best I can.

For the next 8 weeks it is time to rest book one, and then I can come back to it with fresh eyes and get ready for the exciting next step.