Friday Excerpt: Being the Best Ex

Friday Excerpt: Being the Best Ex

I’m back to doing the Romantic Friday Writers challenges! This one is themed “Being the Best Ex.” There’s so many things that could mean. I decided to do mine from my novel Breath(e), showing the great relationship that Elizabeth and Stewart maintain after they are no longer dating. Word Count: 232 *** Elizabeth sighed. “Yeah,” she said. Having a real conversation with Susan just wasn’t possible; she was too good at deflection. Why did Elizabeth even feel the need to connect with her mother? Couldn’t she just leave it be? After all, who had a mother that actually understood? It wasn’t even normal for your mother to know you fully. In her room with the door closed she called Stewart on her cell phone. “Remind me that...

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Friday Excerpt: Characters in Conflict

My Friday excerpts started out when I joined Romantic Friday Writers and was given a theme to write about each week. Considering that it led to the beginnings of the story that is now becoming my novel, (Be)Longing, I think it was very valuable! As I continue to work on that book, in the meantime I thought I’d get back to doing some exercises in order to spark future story ideas. Today’s is from http://www.writingforward.com/category/writing_exercises/writing-exercises The Exercise: Sketch two characters who are in conflict with each other. Do not identify a protagonist or antagonist, just create two characters. Both characters should have the potential to be good or evil. Start with physical descriptions, then get inside the characters’ heads to...

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Friday Excerpt: A First Kiss

I’m out in Ohio this week, having a much needed vacation! I haven’t been able to get much access to the Internet, which can be good sometimes! It’s refreshing to take a break from it, though I miss my Internet friends. This morning I’m using my boyfriend’s laptop to bring you a short excerpt from (W)hole. To keep you up to date, I’m working hard on the first draft of Be(Longing), the story of a paraplegic rock singer. It’s going very well and I hope to have it ready for you soon. Word Count: 598 ###  Elizabeth liked the look of his car when they got to it. Though she didn’t know much about brands and types, she could tell that Stewart’s car wasn’t stuffy or pretentious. It was small and blue and had some bumps and...

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Friday Excerpt: Indian Flare

If you’ve read my Dev Dreams, Vol One collection, you may have noticed that two of the stories have Indian main characters and involve Indian culture. Not many people know that I grew up in an Indian based community and that the culture is deeply a part of me. This excerpt is from a free story (that is also in Dev Dreams) and I wrote it entirely while I was in India. Word Count: 500 ### There was nothing Priyanka could do in the bathroom to quiet the fury of nerves in her stomach. In just a few minutes she would meet the man she would spend the rest of her life with and all she knew of him was printed on the back of his photograph that was in her bag. She had spent the nights since she found out looking at that picture and trying to imagine what kind of...

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Friday Excerpt: A new subplot

Friday Excerpt: A new subplot

After having a lot of trouble getting any fiction writing done for the last several weeks, I’m finally back on track and working hard on a draft of Be(Longing). This small segment is part of a subplot that I think I’m going to put in. Gives Dylan more reason to work hard at achieving his dreams as a musician. Word Count: 300 ### Sandra swallowed and pursed her lips. “Yes,” she said after a moment. “But you have to understand. I’m barely surviving. We haven’t seen Dale in years. He left me with a handicapped child, working two jobs.” She gestured at Dylan, who sat slightly behind her, his hands in his lap. He didn’t say anything. He didn’t need to. By this time, he knew his part. This was not the first time his mother had used him to try to get...

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Friday Excerpt: (W)hole

You know, I don’t think I’ve done an excerpt from my first novel, the book that started it all. As with many writers, this is not actually the first novel I wrote, but it is the first I published. This book sets the tone in a lot of ways for the direction my career is going. I felt that before I could start writing confidently about the “wounded” heroes that I love so much, I needed to express where that love came from. This book is very close to my heart, since it is the one most closely based on my life (other than the non-fiction True Tales about my real life dates). What I like to say is that nothing in (W)hole actually happened, but the emotions are all completely true. The thoughts and feelings that Elizabeth experiences are mine....

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