Welcome to WIPpet Wednesday, a weekly blog hop which encourages writers to move WIPs (works-in-progress) to publication by posting excerpts related to the date.We’re led by the capable fingers and nimble mind of Emily Witt.
I know, it’s been a bit since I appeared here. Two weeks ago, I posted, but never got around to everyone else. And last week…
Last week, I was rather single-mindedly trying to get a short story into shape for the Nelson Algren Literary Award contest. Pretty much everything else went by the wayside as I planned, plotted, drafted, revised, submitted to my crit group, revised again (taking away one character’s POV scenes, based on my group’s suggestions), got more feedback, revised again, polished and re-polished….
And finally submitted my dark fantasy story, “Beneath the Ice”, a little over two hours before the contest deadline.
What this has shown me is:
I can conceive, plan, plot, draft, revise, polish, and submit a 7,500 word story in a month.
I can be proud of what I’ve created.
I can’t do all that and still maintain my focus on life as usual…at least, as far as writing and blogging go.
I don’t have any magic bullets for that, just yet. Writing is a learning process; writing to potentially earn an income is even more so, and I have a lot of ground to cover before I’m there. I’ll happily accept any advice those further along the publication continuum might have to offer.
Until then, I’ll learn as I go, and, hopefully, before the next contest deadline comes at the end of April, I’ll be more on top of things.
For this week, I’m back with another snippet from Karina Karanova in Sea Changes, and the intention to visit each and every other WIPpeteer – before the weekend! Seems like a good way to pick up some of those dangling threads, and weave them back into my routine.
For those who’ve forgotten, or are new here, the premise:
In advocating for a dying girl seeking emancipation from controlling parents, can an overburdened young woman and a lonely young man find a future together?
This passage is NaNo rough. My plan is to begin creating a revision plan this month or next. That said, any input is gratefully accepted!
Today is February 3, 2016.
Today, you get three new sentences (I know it’s not a lot, but it’s manageable after the onslaught, so that’s all for this week).
Context: Karina is in a pottery studio, working with clay and hating it, when an albino man sits near her, and begins a conversation. He’s just introduced himself as Donovan Nash, and they begin a tentative conversation as Karina’s frustration and distraction lead her to unintentionally destroy the project her mother has ordered her to make. Donovan asks if that was her intention, and their discussion brings Karina to tears she had been determined not to shed.
She hadn’t cried at Father’s bedside, or his funeral. “Be strong for your mother, your brothers, your sisters,” he had ordered, and so she had.
She hadn’t cried in all the years since.
Why did Karina think being strong meant not crying?
Will her tears help?
What will happen next?
Some of these questions may be answered – and others will certainly be posed- next week, so be sure to come back then to learn more about Karina and her story.
Previous Karina WIPpets (chronologically):
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