Monday, 23 April 2012

The Magnificant Seven Challenge

I have just accepted a challenge set by Simon Whaley who suggested that we post seven lines from the seventh line on the seventh page of whatever we are working on at the moment.

In my case, it's my novel.  I enjoy things like this, as firstly it does make you look at your own work in a different way. The snippet was in isolation so I was able to concentrate just on those seven lines. Secondly, as Simon says, it's also a great way of seeing different styles. So here goes my seventh page challenge:   

I know they have to go somewhere, but why my haven? Nature and wildlife are constantly disturbed. Every weekend the riders rip up and down, scaring the sheep and leaving deep tracks all over the place. The constant buzzing and revving of the bikes’ tiny engines drives me mad, and the smell from their exhausts fills the air.
 My mind drifted from the classroom and up to the quarry – this was my space where I can enjoy my hobby, with no one to bother me. I can watch buzzards soar as they catch the warm thermal air currents to gain height.

So there you go, seven lines from  the seventh page of  my novel Red Kite.  This was such a useful excercise as just by doing this today, before posting it I noticed something I needed to change.

Cheers Simon, this was a useful way of looking at our work.   

6 comments:

  1. Diane, Good luck with the novel, and the juggling.

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    1. Cheers Rob, yes it's a never ending battle with time to write my novel while at work but I am starting to juggle better!

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  2. Hi Diane,
    That was neat and yes, a great exercise in further noting your own writing. Actually, I'm very aware of the exercise you mention and I'm glad Simon challenged you with it.
    All the best and happy writing, your way, Gary x

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    1. Hi Gary, I found ut so useful. I may take another random seven lines and look at them in the future.
      Best wishes - Di x

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  3. Can't wait to buy it on Kindle!

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  4. Thanks for the support Simon. It is starting to feel like it is really going to happen now. Just need to read and edit it a few more hundred times!

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