Since I’m in a bit of a funk today, I haven’t worked on the story much.
What I have been doing is digging into the worry of writer’s block, creative flow and connecting with more NaNoWriMo 2016 participants whom I already know.
I’m excited to learn two people whose work I enjoy reading and friends on Facebook are participating. I hope more people I know turn up on NaNo. It’s a great time to dig out the writer’s hat, and just write.
Jared Nathan Garrett. I met Jared at the beginning of Page Readers. In fact, he was Interview #2.
I was excited to learn Jared was participating because his story, Beyond the Cabin, is based on his life, which is the theme I’m stepping into for my NaNo project this year.
Someone else I’m excited to have as a writing buddy is author B.C Brown. We met earlier this year, and I’ve been a fan of hers ever since.
I was trying to work on my opening, the first paragraphs, the hook. And I started wondering, how fast does a story need to hook the reader?
As a reviewer, I taught myself to get to at least the 18th page before making any decisions. As a reader, I knew if I was going to like a book way before the 18th page.
Here’re the first few lines of my story at the moment.
The shade of her hand could not protect her eyes from the stage lights being shined into her face.
“Those are bright,” she said to the young man pulling cables around the chair and table she sat at. When he made no effort to answer her, she looked into the darkness before her. “Honey can we turn those down?”
Catalina emerged from the darkness and stood in front of the light shining into her great grandmother’s face. “It’ll be okay in a minute,” she reassured, then turned to the crew behind her, “let’s get this going people.”
Background lights came up as Catalina went to crouch beside the woman, pretending to check her microphone again. “Are you sure you want to do this Gran?”
The gentle touch of the old woman’s hand on Catalina’s arm stopped her from fiddling with the wires running down the chair. When she looked up into her great grandmother’s face, she could see the determination in her clear blue eyes.
“I have to, child.”
I’m looking forward to reading first drafts and all the nitty-gritty stuff NaNoWriMo produces this year.
Are you participating? Let me know and we’ll buddy up and get this done!
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