I picked up the #777 challenge from Roni Loren who shared an excerpt from her current WIP, FALL INTO YOU on her blog. I’ve seen a handful of authors taking up the challenge and it’s fun to see their different styles and genres, even from only a short bit of WIP text.
Here are the rules for the #777 Challenge:
1. Go to page 77 of your current MS.
2. Go to line 7.
3. Copy down the next 7 lines/sentences, and post them as they’re written. No cheating.
4. Tag 7 other authors
Here’s my entry from my current WIP, A Flame in the Wind of Death, the sequel to Dead, Without a Stone to Tell It:
Matt picked up a straight, stainless steel probe from a nearby tray. “This is easiest to show on the sternum.” As Leigh leaned in, he slid the probe carefully into the nick in the heavy bone, holding it almost vertically. “Do you see this slight angle? This means that the knife strike came from slightly below the contact point."
Leigh straightened in surprise. “From below? How tall was she?”
"Initial estimate puts her at five foot five. Give or take two to three inches as we’re estimating based on bone that’s contracted and warped from the heat."
"That’s pretty short for the blow to have come from below. And the angle’s all wrong for an upward thrust.”
Now it’s time to pass the baton. I’m tagging a bunch of my agency sisters on this one — Marianne Harden, Amanda Carlson, Amanda Flower, Melissa Landers, Lea Nolan, Cecy Robson and Marisa Cleveland. You’re up, guys!
Photo credit: Velo Steve