Tuesday, September 8, 2015

7-7-7 Challenge!

I was tagged by the wonderful Katy Upperman to do the 7-7-7 Challenge! Basically, you post the 7th line on the 7th page of your WiP, then the story's next 7 lines. Then nominate 7 other writers to do the same.

Here we go! My narrator Autumn is fifteen in this flashback snippet of HALFWAY TO HONDURAS. She has just met her soon-to-be best friend, Carla, and Carla helped her talk her overprotective mom into letting her stay all night at the sleepover party they're at.

I just stared at her as she sauntered back into the living room, announcing I was now staying the night. She was my age, but somehow she knew how to deal with adults—and the upperclassmen, who might as well have been adults, the way I saw it—like she was one of them. I bet she and her parents were best friends. I bet they’d sit her down and tell her the truth when something went wrong. She’d have smart questions, and they’d let her ask. Her mother would never tell her over dinner, “Your father’s moving to New Haven for work. We’re staying here. Pass the rolls.”

Stay with Carla, Mom’s text had read. So I did just that.

And there you have it! The numbers worked out surprisingly well, landing at the end of a section. Thanks for the tag, Katy!

I'm always so bad at figuring out who hasn't been tagged, so if you're reading this, I tag you! Or you can post your 7th line (and the rest of the section) in the comments. :)


  1. Love this Kaitlin! It has be so curious about the Autumn's future relationship with Carla, as well as her relationship with her mother. Seems like you're crafting some complicated and compelling relationships. Thanks for playing along with the tag! :-)

    1. Thanks Katy! And thanks for the tag - it was so fun! :)

  2. This excerpt is fantastic! It communicates so much about Autumn and how she feels in a very short space. And I love this line: "Your father’s moving to New Haven for work. We’re staying here. Pass the rolls.” Really enjoyed reading this, and I hope the writing is going well!


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