*sings* Wednesday, Wednesday, gotta WIPpet on Wednesday…
Since it’s the fifth, and since this is the first Wednesday of JuNoWriMo, here’s the first 5 lines of this month’s work in progress, Torn. This is a few months after the end of Bound, and Aren gets to start this one off.
“Just try to relax.”
“I am relaxed.”
“No, you’re not. You’re thinking about it too much. If you want it too badly, you’re never going to get there. Don’t try to do it, just let it happen. You’ve almost got it.”
She shot me a look that told me to shut up before I said something she’d make me regret, then closed her eyes again.
Yep, starting with dialogue. Because I’m a rebel like that.
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Now, as for my ROW80 update: JuNoWriMo is in full swing, and I’m doing… OK. It’s going. I’ve been having trouble squeezing writing time in, though. Also, yesterday I had the stupid. No, I didn’t DO something stupid, I had a bad case of it. My brain got borked, yo. The weather changed overnight in a big way, but instead of a headache, Mother Nature gifted me with a thick mental fog that made me feel like Back Seat Guy in the opening scene of Super Troopers, except less paranoid. Everything anyone said to me sounded like “Littering and? Littering and?”
(warning: drugs and swearing)
So no writing for me. O.o
But I’ll get there. The story is coming along, I’m almost on track for words. The reading goals aren’t happening so much as I might like, but you know how that goes.
Happy Wednesday, everyone! I gotta go put out the garbage.
June 5th, 2013 at 7:52 am
A new beginning. What a co-inky-dink. 😉 I love starting things with dialogue, throws you right into the midst of the story.
June 5th, 2013 at 8:02 am
I don’t think I could pull it off if I wasn’t using established characters, but I like it here. We’ll see how it goes. 🙂
June 5th, 2013 at 1:02 pm
You’re singing. I’m singing. You know, this is a little creepy. This isn’t the first time two or more WIPpeteers have independently come up with the same something-or-other in one week. I say we all go to kathils and demand to know what she’s doing to our brains.
June 5th, 2013 at 1:05 pm
Right?! Or doing exactly the same convoluted math, or our characters doing something similar… I agree, it’s time for answers!
(I did read yours before my scheduled post came up, and thought it was odd. Like a mash-up that could never work.)
June 5th, 2013 at 2:14 pm
Kathils definitely has some explaining to do. Either that or we should all schedule a retreat since we evidently think alike and ought to get on swimmingly.
June 5th, 2013 at 3:18 pm
A WIPpeteer wetweat! I like it.
June 12th, 2013 at 3:12 pm
LOL! Wetweat. Oh goodness. This WIPpet thing is just chock-full of puns. I love it!
June 5th, 2013 at 7:54 am
Damnabbit I’m telling you I am relaxed *vein in temple throbs* – Okay maybe it’s just me… but I really liked that start. Could totally feel the dynamic there. Hoping your JuNoWriMo goes really well!
June 5th, 2013 at 8:03 am
Hmm… you know I didn’t use the word “damnabbit,” but it would fit. Starting with fights is fun. Glad you liked it! 🙂
June 5th, 2013 at 8:06 am
Sorry, I think I just experienced a flashback… you mean it wasn’t all about me? I did like it!
June 5th, 2013 at 9:48 am
Yay! Love a dialogue start!!! And I’m singing with you too: “Wednesday, Wednesday, gotta WIPpet on Wednesday…” Catchy!
June 5th, 2013 at 12:41 pm
Dialogue is great because it’s ambiguous sometimes–like I guarantee my mind when some places with this that other peoples didn’t!! Love it.
June 5th, 2013 at 12:55 pm
Excellent, I hoped I wasn’t the only one. I didn’t plan that ambiguity, but I quite enjoyed it when I read over this scene. It’s cleared up quickly, but still…
June 5th, 2013 at 12:58 pm
Ah I love Wednesdays now thanks to reading all the lovely WIPpeteers’ posts. *basks in glow of happiness*. Seriously reading posts like this really cheer me up. I’m sure you’ll have an up day tomorrow Kate. We all have days when we don’t feel like doing anything. I know I do!
June 5th, 2013 at 12:59 pm
Aren’t Wednesdays the BEST?! Totally my favourite day of the week now.
June 5th, 2013 at 1:04 pm
I like it! How many of us haven’t wrestled with the tendency to backseat drive in some way or another?
June 5th, 2013 at 1:16 pm
Put out the garbage. A new term for editing. I like it.
June 5th, 2013 at 5:10 pm
Starting with dialogue doesn’t bother me. All I can think of is….”Oh the possibilities!”
Sorry to hear that writing isn’t going as easy as you’d like. You know how it is though–sometimes you woo the muse with flowers and romance, sometimes you drag out the whips and chains…
June 5th, 2013 at 5:11 pm
He’d probably like that… 🙂
June 5th, 2013 at 5:35 pm
Your muse and mine must hang out in the same places.
June 5th, 2013 at 5:31 pm
You so know that someone isn’t relaxed when they say, “I am relaxed.” I love starting with dialogue, I like the immediacy of it.
I hope the mental fog clears (I have days like those too) and you can get on with your writing goals.
June 5th, 2013 at 11:06 pm
I love that it’s “she’d make me regret” rather than just the usual “I’d regret”… And yeah, people who say they’re relaxed are usually clearly not.
I’m gonna add myself to those who love starting with dialogue. I much prefer to throw the readers straight into the scene and fill them in later.
June 7th, 2013 at 5:05 pm
enjoyed the ride in the polic car:) then I got to see a bit of QI as well – one of my fav shows off to watch one in 15 mins – damnabbit is a word I’m stealing – tis great:) and a big Yay for starting with a bit of chit chat:)
June 8th, 2013 at 3:57 am
The dialogue was great but the last line was genius! 🙂
Also, I’m doing something different for my WIPpet next week. I’m going to let you vote at this post http://inkandpapyrusblog.wordpress.com/2013/06/07/wippet-choice/ for which previous WIPpet you’d like me to continue. I should have put this at the bottom of this Wednesday’s post but I forgot so sorry for clogging up your comments. 🙂 Feel free to edit this bit out 🙂