Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The Fates Have My Back (On Luck)

I don't like to post works in progress. I don't like readers over my shoulder and I don't think anyone reads these types of things anyway. Sort of a contradiction, I know, but I think it makes sense.

On the other hand, I'm a prideful, honorable man, so I like to take on challenges when called out, as I recently was by Caitlin with the Lucky 7 Meme.
The rules:
1. Go to page 77 of your current MS
2. Go to line 7
3. Copy down the next seven lines as they’re written–no cheating!
So I reluctantly opened the Word file. Scrolled down to page 77...

And found only two sentences and then the end of a chapter. Thus line 7 is completely blank and I'm saved the effort of having to come up with an excuse for backing down from a challenge. My unpolished words will be inflicted only upon beta readers and the dogs, who tend to doze off once they realize none of the long stream of words means "treat incoming."


Instead, I'll offer up some other suggestions for reading:

25 Things You Should Know About Creativity (Chuck Wendig)

And some fiction from a fellow tagee:


How has luck been treating you lately?



  1. From what I understand, agents vette writers' blogs and they frown on writers who bleed their manuscript on the blog (Title, Genre, Word count, 1-2 sentence hook - that's it)

    Personally, I don't think audiences go to a writer's blog to read fiction. They go to meet the writer and to share insight.

    1. "agents vette writers' blogs and they frown on writers who bleed their manuscript on the blog"

      This is probably wise, though industry conventional wisdom is starting to remind me of nutrition studies... where every few months it changes whether eggs or coffee or carbs are good/bad for us.

      "They go to meet the writer and to share insight."

      Also true, though sampling a writer's work might help with this.

    2. I hedge my bets on the eggs, coffee and carbs and eat all of them, but agents are saying it now, so for now...

      "...sampling a writer's work might help with this."

      I can go along with this - sorta, but...well...you just got me started on a new post so look for it next week.

      (I hope you don't mind the shameless plug)

    3. Not at all -- looking forward to it!

  2. I just did this meme, and my entry was the end of the chapter, too. Luckily, I had 7 sentences to use. And it was an devastating action scene, so it all worked out.

    1. Maybe the 7s are lucky after all! :)

  3. Replies
    1. Perhaps, but in this case it was totally legit!


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