77-7-7 Challenge

Two people on Twitter tagged me in this challenge last month and now I can only locate one. That was the kind Zakillia. I’ve searched Twitter, looked high and low for the other person, and still I’m left empty-handed. To the other kind person that tagged me: thank you! I’m sorry I can’t remember who did it, so I’ll just be tagging new people here. If you tagged me and see this, let me know! I’ll link to your 77-7-7 entries.

For those that are unfamiliar, here are the rules:

  1. Go to page 77 of your current manuscript.
  2. Go to line 7.
  3. Copy down the next seven sentences — lines or paragraphs — and post them as they’re written. No cheating.
  4. Tag 7 other authors.
  5. Let them know.

The following excerpt comes from the novel I’m currently revising called Dr. Fantastic’s Prodigious Prestidigitator.

“What once was not there, is now there. What once was impossible, now possible,” Socorro said, walking around Abby as if to prove she was not a projection. And then she flickered again, lost opacity, sparked out of existence.

“I am just a mere messenger, folks,” Socorro said, walking back over to the door of the machine. “For I only bring word of Dr. Fantastic’s knowledge of the unknowable. And if you are to take anything from today’s offering, it’s that amazing things are possible with a little bit of magic.”

He yanked open the door to the machine and Abby staggered out before the audience, resuming her posed position: one arm up, one knee cocked, permanent smile.

No context for you. 🙂

I’m tagging the following people to complete this challenge:

Lydia S. Gray
Alex Shvartsman
Siobhan Gallagher
Lisa Rodgers
Damien Walters Grintalis
Ken Liu
Christie Yant

Note to those I tagged: if you don’t have a manuscript with at least 77 pages, perhaps pick page 7 of your most recent work? And if you’ve already done this challenge, my apologies!

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Article Output Challenge: September 24, 2009

1176000_black_notebook_with_pencilI’m issuing a challenge. No, not to you. But if you want to play along, you’re more than welcome. This challenge is intended to get my butt in gear and I want you to watch. Okay, that sounded wrong. 

The objective of this challenge is to write as many articles as I can tomorrow between the hours of 9am PST to 4pm. PST, not including a break between 1 and 2 for lunch. So that’s, wait, let me do some math here–six hours of article writing time. 

I hardly ever write straight through like this. My work day usually looks something like this:

  • Outline an article
  • Start researching
  • Surf the web
  • Finish researching
  • Hit up Twitter/Facebook, Huffington Post, YouTube and generally waste time
  • Write article
  • Edit article
  • Repeat process

As you can imagine, this isn’t a very productive process for me. Let me put it to you straight: I need to up my output. That’s where you come in.

My dear readers, you will act as my shame police tomorrow. Post in the comment section how many articles you think I can write tomorrow (Thursday) between the hours of 9am and 4pm. I did a mini-version of this contest last week and I managed four 400-word articles in two hours. As a hint to you, that was somewhere between slow and average writing pace for me.

I’ll accept guesses on my article output all day tomorrow, as I won’t let slip how many I’ve actually written until after 4pm. 

So, what’s in it for you? This:

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I have a used copy of The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum sitting here that needs a home. I enjoyed it but I am completely (and I mean completely) out of shelving space. 

Go ahead, take a stab at how many articles I can write in six hours tomorrow. If you’re on the money (or the closest guess) I’ll be in touch for your shipping address. Yes, you’ll get a free book just for guessing how many articles I manage to write. It’s just that simple. 

What are you waiting for? Have at it, folks. I look forward to hearing your guesses and getting to work in the a.m.!