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.
Since 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!