Many, many weeks ago I was nominated by Arran Bhansal for the 7-7-7 challenge. As regular readers will know, I tend not to take part in awards or challenges as I try to keep as much of my writing time freed up for useful advice – or dare I say it – writing books. However, this challenge intrigued me.
The challenge itself is simple: go to the seventh page of the manuscript you are working on, go down to line seven, then publish the next seven lines. What could be simpler? So here is my 7-7-7 challenge from Absent Souls, published Friday 28th November:
He stepped to one side as a group of semi-naked students ran
past, whooping and hollering, clearly enjoying the freedom of being
able to do whatever they wanted. Well, nearly anything. The
Scrambles wasn’t quite lawless. There was still his law, and nobody
with any sense broke that. O’Driscoll smiled inwardly. If only they’d
known who they had nearly ran into. They wouldn’t have been
screaming with pleasure.
The passage comes from the point of view of Mick O’Driscoll, also known as the King of the Scrambles. O’Driscoll is a crime lord whose family has controlled the Scrambles – a semi-legitimatised lawless district – for generations. The local authorities turn a blind eye to what happens there because it acts as a pressure valve for the rest of the city. They are happy for O’Driscoll to police the area how he wants, as long as things don’t go too far. Unfortunately for O’Driscoll, he’s about to learn his control of the Scrambles doesn’t extend as far as he thinks…
Mick O’Driscoll was a very minor character from Second Chance but one I fell in love with. The son of a notorious criminal, he was sent to an elite boarding school when young to make connections with the children of the rich and powerful. It gave him a plummy accent and a worldview very different from his father’s, but despite his best efforts, he remains an O’Driscoll.
As with any challenge you have to pass on the baton. There are so many wonderful authors who I’ve had the privilege to get to know over the past year or so of blogging and I would love to choose you all, but the two people I’m going to nominate are:
Julie Lawford, from A Writer’s Notepad blog who has just announced she will be publishing her first book, Singled Out, in January.
Tammy Salyer (tammysalyer.com) who wrote the Spectras Arise Trilogy I enjoyed so much earlier this year and is currently working on something related to Vikings, if her twitter feed is anything to go by.
Over to you…
Ha! Thank you, Dylan – I accept the challenge!
Well done on accepting the challenge. Even the thought of it is pretty gruelling !
Thanks, Peter. As challenges go, it was pretty easy. The hard part was getting my manuscript to the point I was happy to share… 😉
An interesting piece, i can’t wait to read it all. P.s. Love the cover
Thanks, Ellen. It may be a while before it’s available as a paperback (which I know you prefer). Can you wait that long or could I tempt you with an ebook?
You semi converted me, and I now have a kindle reader application on my tablet. I could be tempted 👠 😉 😍 ✋
Oh, cool! Thanks for the shout out, Dylan. This is fun! The next chance I get to write a blog post will include this. Really like the artwork for your new cover, too.
Thanks, Tammy! I wasn’t sure if you ever did this sort of thing but I was really hoping you would. I look forward to reading the post 🙂
Fantastic Dylan! Finally got round to reading this, am looking forward to the second book!
Thanks, Arran! Youve only a few more days to wait 🙂
Well that’s great as I’m slowly (one chapter per night I’m afraid at the moment, been long days) getting through book 1, so timing is perfect!
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Looking forward to the sequel, great post by a very talented author
Love the 777 challenge, seen a few now, and always fun to get a snippet of something intriguing 😉
Thank you. I really enjoyed taking part. Are you writing something at the moment? If you are and you haven’t taken part in the 777 challenge so far, you can consider yourself nominated (but only if you want to). 🙂