As some of you know, I've been struggling to write. I know I should. I have the time. I just don't write. So when I saw Shannon Abercrombie's post about 100 Days of Summer, I jumped right in. 100 Days of Summer is a writing challenge where the participants write every day, starting with the prompt that Shannon posts on her blog. Today, Memorial Day, is Day 1.
I'm not sure if I'm going to share what I write, because I've decided to apply as many of the prompts as I can to my WIPs. And I'd hate for you to know what exactly I'm writing because then you'd be bored if you read the books when they're done.
However, I am willing to share the prompt and a bit of what I wrote. Also, I'll include how much I wrote from the prompt. Hopefully, this will help keep me on track.
Prompt 1: Start a scene where your protagonist celebrates a moment of glory or suffers through a public embarrassment. Try showing this moment rather than telling what happened. A strong example of a protagonist caught in a public moment is Hester Prynne, from Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter. She is shamefully led from the town prison with a scarlet “A” on her chest. As a reader, we learn about Hester’s character and commitment by her resolve to protect the father of her baby. This scene builds an impeccable sense of the character as well as creating tension and exposes a central conflict in the storyline.
What I wrote (part of it anyway):
Kirima looked around at the crew of The Norseman. She loved what she did and didn’t want to stop, but she knew it was time. For her safety, the baby’s safety, and the safety of the crew. This was the right thing to do, even if it was the hardest thing she could imagine doing.
“I just wanted to let you guys know that I’m not going to captain anymore. I’ve leased the boat to Jared Stunkle. He’s willing to keep you all on at your current wage, but understands if you’re not interested in working for him.” She smirked, and continued. “Of course, he can’t imagine why people who would work for a woman wouldn’t be thrilled at the chance to work for a real captain.” Jared Stunkle was well-known for his chauvinistic ways and Kirima was glad she didn’t have to deal with him any further than signing the lease agreement and collecting her money.
I spent 25 minutes writing and added 634 words to my rough draft of Alaskan Hope.
If you'd like to participate, stop over at Shannon's blog and sign up to have the prompts sent to your email. Be sure to enter to win the prizes for participating as well! :)