The 777 Challenge // Snippets from my WIP

Hey everyone! A while ago, I mentioned how excited I was about my current WIP. I have been wanting to share some of it with you guys for a while. Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books did this tag for her WIP (psst. you should go read her post too.) and I thought I’d do it too.

You’re supposed to share 7 lines from the 7th page of your WIP, but I’m too rebellious for that. Instead I’m just sharing seven tiny snippets.

A little info about my WIP: It was originally a retelling of the Twelve Swans fairytale. At this point it’s slightly influenced by Twelve Swans, but it’s more of an original fairy tale now. The setting is inspired by Ancient Norway. A girl meets Death on the night he comes to take her brother, and makes a deal with him. There is a very old church, a charming religious zealot, and lots of magic in this book.

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1) He still looked like the brother who’d dove into the fjord in the dead of winter to save me from water so cold it ate at my bones.

2) The fire had faded to embers that pulsed in the fireplace, and their dimming light cast shadows on the wall. In those shadows, I looked taller, stronger, braver.

3) What was it called, when you were homesick for something that had long ago ended?

4) We didn’t have royalty like the kings and princes in our folklore and the history our people brought from the mainland, but we had a priest, and our priest had a son.

5) We had an altar, yes, but it was not made of stone. It was made of wood, stained the same crimson as the door, dug deep into the ground, and full of the bones of all the priests who had died on our island during some long forgotten winter.

6) I tugged my cloak tighter around me. If it could keep out the chill of winter nights that froze blood in their veins, if it was so tightly woven it could withstand the claws of bobcats, it could keep me brave enough to face Death.

7) It was so cold our bones rattled when we breathed.

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That was fun!! I’d love to read about your WIPS if you have one, so you should do this tag too!

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Do you have a WIP right now? I’d love to hear about it if you do! Does sharing your writing make you nervous, or do you really like to? (I’m totally nervous!!) What genre do you like to write?

23 thoughts on “The 777 Challenge // Snippets from my WIP

  1. AHHHHH. I’m totally not screaming right now. Okay ,maybe a little bit, but I’m so, so happy you did this, even more after reading your perfect snippets. I absolutely LOVE your WIP, it sounds so cool, and your writing is beautiful, Lenna, I love it so, so much ❤ ❤ I hope you'll maybe want to share more about it all… I get it all about being nervous, though. Maybe we can share more together, ahah 🙂
    Thank you for doing this post, loved it!

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    1. Thank you!! I’m totally not screaming now! 😀
      I will definitely do it with you!! It’s kind of fun to have a more structured way to share it, yeah? I thought it made it a little easier than just yelling HERE’S MY WIP would be. I would totally do it again. We should plan a time to both share again! 😀
      Thanks!! This comment made my day! 😀

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      1. I just did a little writing post-thingy on my blog, then realized that YOU SHOULD HAVE DONE THIS WITH ME. I’m mad at myself now ahah.
        ANYWAY yes, I am totally up for this – sharing some lines, some WIP progress or something together? It would be SO great ❤ ❤

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      2. Oh, haha, that’s okay!! But yeah! I think it would be fun to share WIP progress. It will motivate me to actually wooork on my WIP and not let it flounder by itself for weeks on end… xD. If you have any ideas for what we could do let me know! I’m thinking playlists + more aesthetics, because you can never have too many aesthetics.

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      3. Same here! Playlists, aesthetics, snippets maybe, characters presentations and such, would be awesome?! We should totally make this a regular feature on both of our blogs. I would love that! 🙂

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  2. THESE SNIPPETS ARE AMAZING. 😍😍 You have such a beautiful way of putting words together ajdfskald I’m in awe. I think the first one is my utter favourite but I like them all!! And YES. I get very nervous to share snippets online. But it’s good practise putting ourselves out there, right?! Eeep. Also I love that you’re doing retellings too. My latest project is a Goldilocks retelling and that’s been really exciting to work on.😜

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  3. DEATH, MY LONG LOST FRIEND. you know i love when stories personify death. it’s kind of the best thing ever. also, this is GORGEOUS i’m so glad you shared it!! ❤
    sharing writing is scary. did i give you a little confidence boost with my feedback from scribbler?? I hope i did, because really, i love reading your stuff!
    thanks for sharing, my lovely dear of death

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    1. I LUUURVE Death personified. I don’t know, I feel like it makes death easier to understand + a little bit more comforting. My favorite book is Keturah and Lord Death, which is THE BEST death personification in the world, and I’ve read a lot. If you like that too you should try it!
      Thank you thank you!! And YES, it totally did! Especially about the way I write descriptions. I loved reading your stuff too! If you ever want to share more I willl fangirl all over it! 😀

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