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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Weekend Writing Warriors: August 25, 2013

Weekend Writing Warriors August 25, 2013

A dream--right, this is a dream.




                                                                  Weekend Writing Warriors

Welcome Warriors, and Snipsuns and anyone else who wanders in. Weekend writing Warriors is a weekly bloghop. Each week, participants sign up HERE at wewriwa.com, then post 8 sentences of their work, published or unpublished, to go live between noon, Saturday and 9:00 AM Sunday EST Then we visit each other and read, comment, critique, encourage--all those things that do a solitary writer's heart good.
 
Set up:  Marissa has spent the last year homeless and delusional. In this week's post, I've backed up to very early in the story. We're in a dream, or maybe it's reality? She's been abducted, but still hasn't figured that out. There's an injured man she's caring for as best she can, and predators are on the loose, attacking when it's time for a meal.


*note   You might encounter creative punctuation :-)




Sitting motionless in air that was thick with fear and not much else, she concentrated on calming herself, but as is often the case when pushed beyond reason, the harder she tried, the more she felt a surge of panic just under the surface. Keep it together. Her golden-eyed companion slumped, helpless, half against the wall and half against her, vacillating between mumbling and moaning.  



A thought gnawed at the back of her mind. Predators--that was it; they'd return, and she'd have to fight to survive ...again. Then it all came back as seamlessly as if she'd never left her dream. A dream--right, this is a dream. She just had to wake up.



One little special announcement before I wrap it up. Wewriwa.com is offering, at no charge, 4 promo slots on our sidebar for regular participants. How does a writer become a regular participant? Sign up and post at least 8 out of 10 Sundays in a row.  The spots will be changed once a month, Details here: Weekend Writing Warriors free book promo 

That's it. What jumps out at you, good or bad ? I'd love to hear it and am truly grateful for every bit of criticism, opinion, and shared wisdom.  Thank you so much for visiting!  It might take me several days to return visits, but I will. Have a great week, all!



48 comments:

  1. Hey Teresa! So good. This snippet goes to show how adept you are with suspense. Rich in detail, yet it still moves the story forward quite nicely!

    One thing jumps out at me in the first sentence: "..but as is often the case when pushed beyond reason.." I think this part rather takes away from the moment.

    I'm not sure how well one can generalize expertise in dealing with fear, and this is such a unique situation, it seems impossible to compare it to anything else. I don't think you need that part.

    P.S. I'm very much in love with your cover picture. :)

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    1. Thanks dearie. I hold your opinions dear, and will take it into consideration before this chapter goes to the editor. :-) Thanks so much <3

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  2. I'm not sure if she needs to wake up, or wake up to the fact that she's not dreaming--and I'm enjoying my own uncertainty about it!

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  3. What a great snippet! My favorite sentence was, "Then it all came back as seamlessly as if she'd never left her dream." I think this sentence says so much with so few words. You've completely drawn me into her panic and confusion. I would definitely keep reading.

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    1. Neat! Big smile here, Denise! Thank you :-)

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  4. Wow! I love the air 'thick with fear'. You've done a great job with conveying her confusion and terror, whether it's a dream or not.

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  5. Very vivid snippet! I too love the ending--the part where she remembers she's in a dream. It makes me wonder if she really is...or just wishing she was. Terrific snippet!

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    1. The burning question from beginning till end, Joanne :-) Thank you!

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  6. I agree with Dana re: as is often, etc and also would take out 'that was' leaving 'air thick with fear'. Beautiful eight, writing excellent. Where would we be without us to point out stuff?

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    1. Thanks, Charmaine. I'll remove them. Odd how blind we become to our own work. :-) !

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  7. With "dreams" like this, is really Marissa delusional or is it everyone around her who are out of reality? Waking up still seems like a good idea if that is possible.

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    1. That is the question, Linda! Thank you! :-)

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  8. I enjoyed that moment of fear and anxiety she felt. When I say I enjoyed it, I mean that I almost felt as if I were her, which was a good read. I like the overall descriptions of this scene. Nicely done!

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    1. Woooot! Thanks, Frank. You made my day!! :-)

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  9. Yikes! predators. It sounds like things are getting ready to really involve trouble.
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  10. Tense, visual and gripping, painted with some terrific prose. Not to speak too plainly, Teresa, but this snippet kicks butt!

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  11. Yup, great snippet as usual, hon. I especially like "thick with fear and not much else"--really gives a sense of how she's so scared she's barely breathing.

    Neato :D

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    1. Thanks, Marcia! I lol'd when I read "Neato" My kids tease me about using that word. lol.

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  12. This story has me absolutely wrapped in knots with all the twists and turns and I LOVE it. Terrific snippet!!!

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  13. Excellent hook at the end. you did a fantastic job tugging me about as a reader with multiple emotions expressed in just 8 sentences. :)

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  14. Wow. It's terrifying and intriguing. Love how the last line leaves us hanging. Well done. :)

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  15. Teresa, such an excellent eight. I hope she can wake herself up...

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    1. Thanks, Millie. Life is a chore, for sure. :-)

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  16. "Sitting motionless in air that was thick with fear and not much else..." This puts me right in the scene. Simple yet specific and urging me to read on. Terrific tension and you know I'm a sucker for unreliable narrators. Can't wait to read this one, Teresa! :D

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    1. Haha! Yes indeed, you do like the unreliable narrator. ATNS is your dynasty. :-) ! Thanks for visiting, Monica :-)

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  17. Oh my, how scary is that! Not to know if you are in reality or a dream. You did this very well. I can sense her confusion and fear. Well done!

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    1. Neat! Thanks, Cindy! And you are so welcome :-)

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  18. Scary moment, is it a dream or should I get the pillow to hide behind!

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    1. Thanks, Gemma! Please don't hide. This isn't even close to the worst ;-)

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  19. Sometimes dreams can be just as real as "real" life... I'm really enjoying Marissa's story and I hope she will come to a place where the "terror just below the surface" is confronted and left behind... she deserves a good life! You've done such a great job with this story!

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    1. Thanks, those are some wonderful words to read! :-)

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  20. I'll bet it's not that simple. Great snippet!

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  21. I love the juxtaposition of the two "realities." Nicely done, Teresa. :)

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  22. Wonder what her dreams are trying to tell her.

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    1. And that, dear Sue, is the burning question! Thanks for visiting. :-)

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  23. I really love the language you use to create this feeling of terror and uncertainty. I hope she's able to find some inner-peace eventually and get past this difficult time.

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    1. Thanks, Carrie-Anne :-) Inner peace is a long way from where she is. :-)

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  24. Have to agree with everyone here - this is a great eight! Really felt her anxiety and fear. The hint of what's to come, with her vague memories of a predator, is a great tease. And I liked that we're not sure whether it's a dream or reality.

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