Saturday, November 12, 2011

Day 12 Excerpt

I've been really lame lately and haven't been keeping up with my excerpts like planned.  However, I'm proud to announce that I passed 30k words today, which means my novel is about half way done.  I'm actually insanely proud of what I've been working on.  There was a scene that I wrote today that actually made me cry while I was writing it.  And no, I cannot give you that excerpt because it is too crucial to a turning point in the novel.

However, I can write another conversation that my MC has with Luke.  I won't describe exactly where they are - I'll leave that up to you to decide (and leave that up to you to someday by my finished novel and figure it out for yourself).


They sat in silence for a moment. "Hey, I have a question for you."

"Shoot," Luke said.

"Do you remember this? When you wake up? I know that my dreams are always fuzzy, but my nightmares are so real."

Luke laughed, "I thought you said I wasn't real."

Jess shrugged, "Even if you aren't, I figured it might be an interesting story."

"No, I don't remember as much as I wish I did. Though, when I came back here, everything was crystal clear. Even before you showed up, I could remember everything, down to the blush that goes across your face when you got angry with me the other day. I mean, it happened again today, so it's not that hard to remember." A twisted smile grew across Luke's face.

Suddenly, Jess felt a pang of guilt from holding Luke’s hand. Even if he wasn’t real, the act felt too real. She let her hand slide from his and ruffled her hair, hoping that he wouldn’t take note. She let out a long breath. “I don’t know how much longer I’ll have.”

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Day Six Teaser

Day Six NaNoWriMo:  So far so good.  I'm sitting pretty at 18,363 words, but that could change with the weekdays coming up.  It's a lot harder for me to find time to write when during the week.

Here's a short excerpt from my novel.  I've always wanted to use the first line in this part, I just never thought of a way to fit it in... until now.

“He’s your antagonist,” Henrietta said matter-of-factly.

“This isn’t some stupid movie, this is my life.”

Henrietta shook her head, “No, I meant. He is going to be the catalyst for some change in your life. He has to be, otherwise you two wouldn’t make a connection like that.”

“He’s just some guy in my dream, that’s all.” Jess refused to believe anything more. She couldn’t. That would be a complete test of her faith, a complete reversal of everything she had once believed. It was all too much. Though, it had been nice being able to talk to someone her own age about her anxiety. Someone that could listen without the judgment of God weighing on her shoulders.

“If you are so sure of that, child, why did you come all the way here to ask me about him?” Henrietta peered over her register. She plucked out another box of tea. “Do you still want it?”

Jess sighed. Of course she did, what other choice did she have?