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I’ve been tagged. The “Lucky 7” challenge is making its rounds through twitter and writing blogs, and now it’s my turn. As Isabel Costello states (having been tagged herself), these are the rules:

  • Go to page 7 or 77 in your current manuscript,
  • Go to line 7,
  • Post on your blog the next 7 lines, or sentences, as they are – no cheating!
  • Tag 7 other authors to do the same.

Since I’ve just switched focus, having readied my last manuscript for a critique through the New Writers’ Scheme of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, this is an opportune time to share from a newer manuscript, one that is not even named yet. Here are the requisite lines from page 7:

“Well,” Amanda said, “very good meeting you.” She put out her hand, for a good-bye shake. Brendan Pearce took it once again.

“Can I come tomorrow?” he asked.

Amanda could not disguise her look of surprise. Yet another great attribute of a therapist – incredulity that a patient might actually want to come back for a second go.

“I’d like to see you every day for a bit, if it works with your schedule,” he said, filling in the space her hesitation had left. “I need to come back. It’s important.”

There it is. And now to tag seven others. Hope you post – I’d love to see a small piece of your works-in-progress!

  • Eva Hudson @eva_hudson
  • Jane Isaac @JaneIsaacAuthor
  • Jackie Miller @mytowerofbooks
  • Dionne Lister @DionneLister
  • Helen MacKinven @helenmackinven
  • Jackie Buxton @jaxbees
  • Hannah Kaner @HFKaner

Check out #Lucky7 on twitter to find more posts with novel excerpts.