Saturday, July 5, 2014

WeWriWa & Camp NaNo

This is the first week of Camp NaNoWrimo! For those who don't know what that is, NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month, participants race to write a 50,000 word first draft in 30 days.  The main NaNo event takes place in the month of November but Camp NaNo takes place in April and July. It's kind of a NaNo Light, you can choose your word count starting at 10,000 words.

Yes, it's probably a little nuts to try and write 50k words in just 30 days. Yet it is also exhilarating, inspiring, and just plain fun! It forces your brain to shut off that inner editor and inner voice that says that might not be good enough, that sentence doesn't sound right, and lets you just fill the page with your story.

This week for Weekend Writing Warriors I'm going to share 8 sentences from my Camp NaNo WIP, Worth. Can't wait to hear your thoughts on this new thriller.

Dean Cross waited impatiently for his estranged wife to step off her flight. He has hope that after three years of separation they can put their marriage back together again. The last passenger disembarked, no Lucinda. Had she missed the flight, changed her mind?

Kidnapping isn’t just a crime; it’s a multimillion dollar business. Most believe only rich kids or missionaries in a foreign country are held for ransom. The Cross’ find out anyone can be taken, it only matters what you're worth.

8 Sentence Excerpt
The stranger stepped over to the sink next to Lucinda. She glanced over with a friendly grin. “Anxious about flying?”

Lucinda gave her back a slight grin back in an attempt to be polite. “No, anxious about the destination.” She pulled a couple of towels from the machine, the crinkle of the rough paper echoed in the empty bathroom she rubbed her hands dry.

Lucinda turned from the woman to drop the towels in the trash, when a cloth covered her nose and mouth. She tried to move away, but was trapped by the woman's body and the sinks. Lucinda struggled to pull the hand from her face, but that only made her feel more woozy.

Lucinda tried to scream, but the deep breath she took to belt one out made the room spin. The next second the room turned grayish and hazy as she felt her body go limp in the stranger’s arms.

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Teresa Cypher said...

Oh boy, she's in trouble!And I like the subject matter (kidnapping for ransom?) that you're exploring in this story.

I know it's a very rough draft (I've done the November wrimo) so a lot slips through. I'll comment on one that's an easy fix even at this stage--knowing that editing isn't the focus on this story right now.

" she felt her body go limp in the stranger’s arms." I think she'd feel her body starting to go limp--but not actually go limp. By the time it was limp, she'd be passed out, right? But she might feel her muscles weaken as she started to weaken. :-)

Good luck completing camp wrimo. :-)

Veronica Scott said...

Terrifying! Can't wait to read more and watch this unfold. An interesting premise for sure. Great 8!

Anonymous said...

Good luck with Camp NaNo. I love it and have done it eight times. I enjoyed your snippet. Promises to be an exciting story.

Sue Ann Bowling said...

Well, WE know why she wasn't on the flight.

Millie Burns said...

Oh scary crap...sucking in that breath to scream and well, yeah, hastening the pass out process.