#WIPpet Wednesday – No time for her

So with all your encouragement, I started writing my Abigail Williams story! It’s turning into a series of vignettes, which isn’t too surprising, given a lot of the fanfiction I’ve written over time comes out like that. It’s also decided it will be in third person present tense, which I’m enjoying because it’s nice and atmospheric and as things build in Salem, I think that sense of immediacy will really work.

I’ve started from when Abigail’s parents are killed, and while I always imagined it happened to her quite young, I’ve made her fifteen, since she needs to be seventeen by the time the witch trials happen, and I don’t want to have to write five years of filler (which I could probably just hand-wave in a paragraph, but I’d rather it be tighter than that). I’m enjoying using pieces of characterisation from the play, including things that we came up with for our characters which might not necessarily have come through on stage, but that we knew in the backs of our heads.

wednesdaybannerSince that is my main WIP at the moment, I’ll take my WIPpet from there this week. I’m planning on making sure I have at least a decent buffer before I go anywhere near the “Create” page on Wattpad, so you’ll still be seeing snippets well before they end up anywhere else. Today is the 11th of June, and 1+1 = 2, so you get two sentences. This is not long after Abigail has arrived in Salem* and she is meeting some of the other village girls for the first time. We never meet Ruth in the play, but her parents are rather full of themselves, so I extrapolated. 😉

Ruth Putnam is only a little older than Betty, but despite that, she looks down her nose at Abigail like Abigail isn’t worth her time. Abigail decides she doesn’t have time for Ruth Putnam.

I’ve had a bit of a play on Wattpad in the past week. Its help menus really aren’t that helpful and more than once I ended up Googling what it was I wanted to find out (to varied results). I did however manage to find a story to read which has Vikings (yay!) and no One Direction in sight. So, y’know, I feel like that’s a milestone.

Ooh! And I read a cool book! It’s called The Truth of All Things and like most of the books I’ve been reading in the past couple of weeks, is connected to the witch trials, but this one is a murder mystery set 200 years later. I haven’t read a really gripping novel in quite a while, and this one had my heart in my throat so many times. It was great! And the characters were a lot of fun! Especially the half-Native American Sherlock Holmes, I really liked him. I’ll write a proper review; it’ll go up Friday of next week.

On that note, I’m going to head off and continue watching Once Upon A Time. Nearly finished Season 3 now, though I’m really only watching the show for Regina Mills anymore. To join in on WIPpet Wednesday, post a snippet from your WIP that somehow correlates to the date, and then join us on the linky. Thanks to K. L. Schwengel for hosting! 🙂 See you soon!


*So I took some liberties with history here; technically, Abigail was already living with her uncle when he was appointed the minister for Salem, but shhhh!


14 thoughts on “#WIPpet Wednesday – No time for her

  1. rachelalsowrites says:

    I love this. I find the Crucible such an interesting story (from a history nerd perspective as well as from a writer/reader perspective), and I think it’s awesome that you’re creating your own backstory for Abigail! Your use of the third person present is fantastic too – I love that style but I can never seem to make it flow right. One day!


    • Emily Witt says:

      It’s such a good period to be history-nerdy about! 😀 When I stop getting novels set during the time from the library, I’ll be going back to the day-by-day account of the trials I bought for my Kindle (which is just as riveting as any of the fiction!).

      Thank you! And I’m sure you’ll master it! 😀


  2. kathils says:

    I love this. It’s so…straightforward, and very revealing about the character.

    I agree on the help section of Wattpad. Not much help in most instances, and I find navigating through the site sometimes a bit frustrating. I find the Android ap even more so, as I can’t seem to access my own dashboard via that. Grrrr


    • Emily Witt says:

      Thanks, Kathi! For all her insecurities, Abigail is quite forthright, particularly in her own thoughts.

      Argh, that’s annoying, I use Android as well. Guess I might just stick to the desktop version (my tablet isn’t actually working at the moment, anyway, so I have no choice in the matter for the moment).


  3. Amy says:

    That’s a very vivid snippet. It’s brief, but there’s a lot of tension in such a short bit.

    Finding a story with Vikings and no One Direction? That sounds like a potential win. 🙂


  4. Eden says:

    First off— YES!!! So glad you decided to take up the challenge and try writing this fanfic, Emily. Something new and different… something with a serious historical perspective. *does happy dance*

    Second, because I just have to know (that inquiring minds thingie or something)… why did you decide to change when Abigail went to live with her Uncle?


    • Emily Witt says:

      Yay, happy dance! 😀

      To be perfectly honest, it is pure laziness on my part! Like I said last wekk, this is basically just a post-show project for my own benefit as much as anything else, and I’m not bothered enough to actually do the research to find out where they were before, when they came to Salem, that kind of thing. So it was just easier to plonk her right in there. Also, that way I can introduce the other major players much sooner and get on with the main story.


  5. Adrian says:

    I love how straightforward it is. She doesn’t like me? Then I won’t like her. It seems to eliminate drama where I’m sure there will actually be drama.


  6. booksbysmiles says:

    The Crucible!!!! The movie version was really boring, but I was also a part of the production in high school. Our drama teacher decided to do it as a theater-in-the-round because our stage was so huge that it could be done and the set didn’t need to be that big. It was fun. I don’t remember my character’s name, but I awoke screaming bloody murder to Christian singing and made people jump every night who’s seats were close to me. I also got slapped on stage, like physically slapped because there was no good way to fake it from such a close view and I was okay with it. Best actor decision ever. I became known as ‘the girl who got slapped in that play.’ I was kind of famous on the bus I rode to school. *grins*


    • Emily Witt says:

      Oooh, theatre in the round would be perfect for the Crucible! Sounds like you were Betty Parris. We left the slapping out of our production (so thankful, as I could not have hurt our Betty if I tried; she was so adorable), so I was just generally rough with her. I would have also had to leap over the bed or something to her to slap her, and that would have been weird. 😛

      Bwhaha, “the girl who got slapped in that play” is such a high school thing to catch on.

      And you’re right, the movie was pretty awful. Which is disappointing; I’m sure a good movie could be made.


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