- Go to page 77 of your current MS
- Go to line 7
- Copy down the next 7 lines or paragraphs as they're written-- no cheating!
- Tag 7 other writers
- Let them know!
So, I'm re-reading the Hunger Games Trilogy - I'm on Catching Fire. I thought it might be fun (and when I say fun, I really mean 'likely to be humiliating to my self") to compare the 7 sentences on page 77 of Catching Fire to my own 77+7+7. First, Suzanne Collins:
My appetite has returned with my desire to fight back. After weeks of feeling too worried to eat, I'm famished."
Okay, now this is from my last completed novel (which I'm quasi-querying) BookEnd:
"I wake up in a sweat, not remembering even having fallen asleep.
There's a knock at my door but when I open the door there's no one there. Instead, there's a stack of books. I look down the hallway and catch sight of crying-girl looking back at me. She quickly turns away and escapes up the girl's stairway. Crying-girl's name is Rose. Since the night we both arrived, I've never seen her do anything but cower and cry."
That was strangely not as painful as I thought!
There are lulls in every book, pauses before the next thing. I'm not as ashamed as I thought I would be. Yay! Now to swat this meme at other unsuspecting writers:
Laura Campbell at Writing Unleashed
Joseph Finley at Fresh Scraped Vellum
Daisy Carter at Fresh as a Daisy
Callie Leuck at Write On
MJ Fifield at My Pet Blog