Fellow Writing Challenge participant J.R. Frontera tagged me in a cool challenge yesterday. It’s called the 7/7/7 Snippet Challenge. Here are the rules:

  • Go to page 7 of your work-in-progress
  • Scroll down to line #7
  • Share the next 7 lines of your manuscript in a blog post
  • Tag 7 other writers (with blogs) to continue the challenge.

The snippet I’m sharing is from my current manuscript, the first book in a science fiction trilogy I’m working on. It’s called Sentinel and I’m very proud of this work, as I feel like it’s one of the better things I’ve written.

Counting to the seventh page is easier said than done, though. I write in a computer application that doesn’t really do pagination (it’s called Scrivener and it’s awesome), so I exported my file to a Apple Pages document (Pages is Apple’s answer to Microsoft Word and it is also awesome) and then counted from there. Here’s what I came up with.

“We served in the Fleet together.” Artyom got that faraway look in his eyes that always accompanied him when he talked about his time serving in the Fleet.

The screen dinged with an incoming hail. “That must be him,” Artyom said. He answered and a man’s face popped up on the screen.

Salvia wrinkled her nose in disappointment. Radek didn’t exactly inspire confidence. His hair was wild, he had a beard, and his clothes were very mismatched, to put mildly. He didn’t look like the capable ex-Fleet officer Salvia was hoping for.

This scene occurs when my main character first meets a somewhat sketchy underworld criminal-type dude who’s going to help smuggle her somewhere she’s not supposed to be. (Yes, I know that’s vague, but I don’t want to give too much away!)

For this challenge, I nominate:

If you’ve already participated, aren’t working on anything at the moment, are too busy, etc., obviously it’s okay if you don’t post.🙂 But I’d love it if you did because I’d love to see what other people are working on!

5 thoughts on “The 7/7/7 Snippet Challenge!

  1. The power of Sevens! Thanks for the tag. I hope my seven lines are suitable for human consumption.
    You can view pages in Scrivener. Select your manuscript then in the top navigation, go View, then Page View.

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