Today I’m launching right in with the WIPpet, because then I have other writing things to ramble about underneath.Today is the 18th of June, and 18/6 = 3, so I’m giving you the opening three paragraphs of “Afflicted”, which is what I’ve titled my Abigail Williams story. This is just after Abigail has witnessed her parents’ murders.
The girl doesn’t seem to welcome the intrusion of a soldier into her hiding place. At the sight of him, she shrinks against the wall, ignoring the splinters no doubt sticking into her back, like she hopes that she might simply be swallowed up by it.
The sergeant kneels down in front of her, leaving a little distance between them. “Are you all right?” he asks. She ignores him, looking everywhere but at his face.
He looks over his shoulder to the two lifeless bodies across the room. They did not die peacefully, that much is certain. Their bodies are bruised and beaten. If this girl was here when it happened, he’s surprised she escaped unscathed.
And people wonder why Abigail goes on to make some somewhat poor life choices. You probably would, too, if you had that to mess you up at a young age.
WIPpet Wednesday is hosted by the very fabulous K. L. Schwengel and you can join in, simply by posting an excerpt from your current WIP that somehow relates to the date, then joining us at the linky over here.
Onto the other writing things I wanted to talk about. Let’s make a list. I like lists.
Things wot Emily needs to do, and soon:
- Brainstorm and subsequently write a specific scene-by-scene breakdown of Afflicted so that I know exactly what I need and stop getting stumped. I’ve been writing this story for 13 days and I have 1800 words to show for it. Which for me is a poor effort. My best day was June 6 where I got 666 words (which made me giggle, given the number of times the Devil is going to come up in this piece). Mostly it’s been a few hundred words every few days.
- Work out which of my waiting-for-me-to-get-back-to-it writing projects is going to be worked on next. I have a couple of options, but both need some serious planning before I can really launch into anything.
- Poke Edy into getting started on the proofreading for AMCF. And start thinking about a cover again, as those are really the only two things between me and publishing it now. I have a hard copy of the final version sitting on the dining table, it just keeps getting hidden under other things on the dining table.
- Make Edy a tasty vegan something as an enticement for #3. Probably a healthy vegan something since he’s doing that whole healthy thing some people like to do. No vegan cheesecake for him, then. And I’d found what looked to be a very promising recipe for that, too.
I guess that is pretty much all for now. Those of you who I didn’t get around to visiting last week, I will try to make the priority for this week. See you all soon!
7 thoughts on “A List and A #WIPpet Wednesday”
Abigail may have escaped unscathed physically but witnessing something as horrific as that has got to mess you up mentally.
How exciting that you’re getting close to publishing AMCF. Good luck with getting it all done. Oh and yeah, I like lists too. 😉
This is a super beginning. I’m loving the voice you’re using. Poor Abigail…nice touch having her looking everywhere but at the sergeant.
Oh how sad!! Nice beginning though.
Yup…totally unscathed (note the sarcasm). This is a great opening. It clears the way for a lot of what I have no doubt is going to happen.
Oh, that really is awful for her. Yes, no wonder she’s so messed up. Given the time period, it’s not like they would have been looking out for her mental state after her parents’ murders.
Exactly, right? She mentions it once in the play and then promptly moves on and I feel like a bigger deal should be made of it.
Yikes! What a beginning; what sheer horror for Abigail. I’m guessing that her life from this point onward is less than secure…
I also love lists! =)
Waiting to hear when AMCF will be available!