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Week Two Questions


Week Two Questions

1)  How time flies! Did you reach your weekly goal?

Yes, I did! I have A Mighty Fortress edited through chapter eight. I also wrote a lot more than 1,000 words in Be Thou My Vision and the plot is thickening.

2)  Is this challenge pushing and encouraging you to write more often?

Yes, the challenge is definitely helping me.

3)  Did you accomplish most of your writing in the morning, afternoon, evening, or at random intervals during your busy day (i.e. waiting for your neighbors to go inside so you can jump on the trampoline without disturbing them)?

Morning and Evening. As I am usually the first one up and the last one to bed, I take the opportunity of using the quiet morning and evening hours to do editing and writing.

4) Any particular musical tracks inspiring your prose?

Just whatever music happens to come up on the Pandora station I listen to.

5) Share a snippet (or two) of your writing!

“The camp is ready,” Joshua said.

Ruth didn’t respond immediately, finishing her sentence quickly. “I’m done writing now.”

Joshua nodded. “Are you sure you are up to this?”

Ruth smiled up at him as she lifted her arm. He took her hand and pulled her up. “I know this will fool him. We need to do this if we are going to have a fighting chance.” (excerpt from A Mighty Fortress chapter 7)

6) Share your three favorite bits of dialogue.

#1: “Good! Now that we have that settled, I have to know. Can you speak or are you just being obstinate?”

His hands moved quickly in a series of signs that I was unable to understand.

“You are mute?” I guessed. His head bobbed up and down and the reluctant smile came back. “Well then. That could make guessing your name all the more challenging.” I put a forefinger on my chin. “Does your name start with a letter between A and M?”

I could almost hear his brain working as he tried to figure out the answer to my question. After less than a minute, he nodded. (excerpt from Be Thou My Vision chapter 3)

#2: “Welcome home, Anna,” Caleb said. “How was church?”

I shrugged. I wasn’t really sure what to say.

Caleb crossed his arms and looked down at me. “What about the sermon?”

“It was… interesting,” I said. I knew I was being vague, but I really did not want to talk about it. “If you wanted to know more, you should have come with me.” I moved to walk past him, but he caught my arm. (excerpt from Be Thou My Vision chapter 3)

#3: “What is going on here?” I demanded. “Why are you two acting like heathen wild men?”

“We didn’t mean no harm, Miss Stuart. Honestly we didn’t.”

I screwed my eyes shut at John’s grammar. “You didn’t mean any harm. Really, John. Don’t you pay attention at school? I know your ma’s dead, but doesn’t your da do anything to correct your grammar?” James and John both looked up at me with eyes full of… something. I wasn’t sure what. Disbelief? But disbelief about what?

“Take me to yer da, boys. I’d like to have a wee bit of a talk with him.” (excerpt from Be Thou My Vision chapter ?)

7) How are you going to move forward in this challenge? Are you changing your word-count goal, or other such battle plans this week?

My goal for this week is to get A Mighty Fortress edited through chapter eleven this week. As for writing, I will do as much as possible, including a short story based on a picture from another challenge. If it turns out, I may post it here for your reading.

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