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Lucky Seven Challenge

Via Skye Hegyes
Via Skye Hegyes

While I was looking through the WordPress Reader this morning, I came across a post titled “Lucky Seven Challenge” from Skye Hegyes’s blog. I saw the word “challenge” and it intrigued me to see what it was all about.

Apparently, you’re supposed to go to page seven of your work in progress, count down seven lines, and then copy and paste the following seven lines to share with people. Make sense?

So, here’s mine. I took it from my most recent accomplishment, Detective Florence 2.

            I growled at her, but she pretended that she didn’t hear me. I knew she wasn’t going to listen to me if I told her to get back into the other room. She stayed behind me as we were just about to reach the bathroom.

“Didn’t you lock the front door when we left earlier?” I grumbled. I knew I should have been the last one to exit the house.

“Of course I did!” Lilah defended herself in a harsh undertone. She glared at me for only a moment and then she turned her attention back on the bathroom door anticipating the moment when someone came out into the hallway.

Now, I’ll admit that I cheated a bit…this is eight lines, not seven. The seventh line ended in the middle of a sentence.

I have to say that I’m kind of glad where the lines fell. Seven lines isn’t a lot, but you can still tell what is going on the story; or you can at least assume. From this alone, you guys can probably use it as a writing prompt and make up your own ending. 😉

Make sure you go to Skye Hegyes’s blog and check out her Lucky Seven Challenge! Also, feel free to do it yourself and post it your own blog. I’d love to see what others come up with!

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Born and raised in Massachusetts, Rachel Poli is a writer and blogger. She has an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a bachelor’s degree in English Studies. She enjoys writing young adult novels, middle-grade, and children’s picture books. She is currently working on her first novel.

16 thoughts on “Lucky Seven Challenge

  1. There’s a lot of tension in these eight lines and I always like tension and conflict in a story. I remember participating in a challenge like this on Facebook during my first NaNoWriMo attempt. Good luck finishing “Detective Florence 2!”

  2. Awesome snippet! Tension abounds, oh my! Thanks for the link back as well. Guess I cheated as well, since I did seven sentences rather than lines. 😉

      1. I have no idea. That’s the fun in it. Seven lines. Seven sentences. Whatever works best for you I guess. *shrug* I honestly have noooooooo idea.

  3. Haha you landed on a good scene. When I did mine, I had to look through any page with a 7 and then try both 7 lines and 7 sentences on those pages before I found a suitable snippet. 😛

    Just a question: what ever happened to using “said” and “asked”? Those dialogue tags are hefty.

    1. Yeah, l got lucky it was a decent part.

      Good question. I was most likely trying to boost my word count since this was for Camp NaNo. I tend to throw in a lot of extra words. It makes the editing part all the more interesting. 😉

      1. Oh, so I’m not the only one! haha. Editing NaNo novels – whether Camp or November – are certainly an adventure, huh? It took me like a month to edit a little over 20k words last post-NovNaNo. Things were so scatterbrained. -_-

      2. I know, it’s horrible, lol. Sometimes l outline and sometimes l don’t, but if it’s for NaNo, l’ve learned to always outline before. It makes hitting the word count goal and editing later on so much easier.

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