Today’s blog post originated with a challenge from fellow author, Lucy Flint. I had never heard of the 7/7/7/7 Challenge, but I accepted after reading the rules.
The challenge is extended from one writer to the next. Those who accept 1) locate page seven of his/her current Work in Progress (WIP), 2) count down seven lines, 3) include the next seven lines from his/her WIP in a blog post, and, 4) challenge seven different writers to do the same.
Sounds painless. Furthermore, if I can’t stand up to critiques from fellow authors and followers, what will keep me from crumbling when professional reviews of my writing start rolling in? So, without further ado, here is the appropriate portion to satisfy the challenge from my current WIP, a short story currently titled “The Shape of My Dreams”:
“Excuse me, counselor, but you’re the one who recently lectured me about saving money, especially for our upcoming vacation, and suddenly you have endless funds for decorating. If you’re going to spend money on something, why not upgrade that old door lock with a nice digital security system?”
I throw back the covers and storm off to the bathroom. Mark follows.
“I don’t want to go to Cancun and don’t start on me about the age of this building,” I say around a mouthful of toothpaste.
Hopefully, you can tell that this argument between my protagonist, Ellen, and her boyfriend, Mark, is not going well. Mark’s snide use of her profession against her only serves to heat up their fight. This story is still largely in my mind and appears in disjointed chunks in my notebook. Accepting this challenge has inspired me to complete it.
Now, I’m nominating:
1) JS Mawdsley (Once for J)
2) JS Mawdsley (Once for S)
3) William Frederick
4) Carrie Tangenberg
5) Marie C. Collins
6) Mark Tilbury
7) Clay S. Robinson
There is absolutely no pressure or obligation to participate if you don’t feel ready to at this time.
Thanks so much for sharing this, Heather! I love a good argument… all that tension is great for story! 🙂 Thanks for participating, and I’m so glad that the challenge inspired you to complete “The Shape of My Dreams.”
All the best with your work, my friend!
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Hey, that’s a nice piece of conflict 🙂
Lucy challenged me too. I just uploaded my excerpt yesterday.
Thank you! I assume you challenge piece is at your site. I’ll check that out.
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Yes, sorry. I should have linked 🙂