Its origins are mysterious, its age unknown, its call impelling. I stumbled upon a post that responded to a networking and writing exercise called the 777 Challenge.
The Challenge is quite simple:
Post 7 lines (at least) from the 7th page in prose or poetry you are currently writing, then challenge (tag) 7 other writers to do the same.
I am new on the scene — at least to the online writing community — yet I think the 777 Challenge will be fun … and revealing. So I’m trying it. Yep, I’m self-tagging. And the writers I will tag are strangers to me. I am interested to see who I meet and how this goes.
I decided to pick seven lines from (the seventh page of) the second chapter of a novel, called Heartlodge, that I am working on. This chapter is entitled Stories.
In this passage, Abby encounters a magic book — though, aren’t all books magic?
The black letters in the book moved. They swooped out of the darkness surrounding the stars, landed on the open page near its bottom right, flowed across the sheet as if it were a stream and lifted off at the top left as the words they formed were pronounced. They disappeared into sound as the words were spoken, almost as if they became Uncle Wit’s voice as he talked. Yet the darkness around the stars did not diminish.
‘Uncle Wit? Where did these words come from? They weren’t here before.’ Yet they seemed to have always been there like Uncle Wit’s voice, the breeze and the warmth of Simon beside her. “
~ © 2012 Shawn Urban, Heartlodge
You might think that five-year old Abby is about to go on an incredible journey. The fact is however that she is in the middle of one in this passage … and her destination will be even more incredible. You might also think that Heartlodge is a children’s book. It is not. It gets dark and deep, starting in the first chapter. In this passage, for instance, Abby already lost her parents, is alone and is about to realize that she is lost. It all leads to a cosmic conflict.
Since I am new to the online writing community, I will pick, with a die, seven writers with blogs who I follow on twitter. That should randomize my choice of victims um … tagged writers to pass this challenge on to.
And the winners are:
- Robert Tabb The Mind Of A Middle Aged One
- Rozz Lewis Rozz.ie
- Julia K. Rohan Weaverworld Books
- Christine Nolfi Christine Nolfi
- Imran Siddiq Imran Writes
- Steve Poling The Archives of The Diogenes Club
- Gordon McCleary A Yankee’s Southern Exposure
This is not the most diverse list. I was hoping for more genres and writing forms, and writers from other cultures. But the die rolls as the bell tolls as they say.
Enjoy your 777 Challenge, everyone.
So, what do you think? Did I meet the challenge? Are you intrigued by the passage? Leave a comment, or a question. I would love to hear from you.Follow @stefras