The following is a writing challenge I snagged from Booking Through Thursday.

  • Pick up the nearest book. (I’m sure you must have one nearby.)
  • Turn to page 123.
  • What is the first sentence on the page?
  • The last sentence on the page?
  • Now . . . connect them together….(And no, you may not transcribe the entire page of the book–that’s cheating!)

Here’s mine (From Katie MacAlister’s, The Last of the Red-Hot Vampires):

“I think I’m handling this very well,” I said after a few minutes of watching the night slide by the car window.

“You do?” he asked me.

I glanced over at the formally dressed man driving the car. He looked normal enough, but he was obviously very disturbed in the head. “Well, yeah. You’re telling me that the prince of hell exists and that he wants me to marry him. I haven’t jumped out of the car yet or laughed in your face – I’d say I’m doing awesome!”

He glared at me.

“The prince you refer to is the head of all the seven demon lords who rule Abaddon, and I’m sorry to say that they do very much exist.”

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What did you come up with? Leave your entry in the comments (either as text, or give us the link to your entry on your blog)!

7 thoughts on “A Fun Writing Challenge…

  1. Dawn says:

    Two grooms met Michael that afternoon when he arrived home and, as usual, Jones stood at the door. He shed his greatcoat and moved to his study. The air was charged with power and he could smell the burning of incense. As he poured a whiskey he could hear soft chanting coming from the room above him. This told him all he needed to know about his wife. She was nearby, and she was in good spirits.

    huh. that was kinda hard! lol Its page 123 from Julia London’s The Devil’s Love. It’s a historical romance and very good!

  2. Unhinged says:

    Sheesh. My martial combat books aren’t 123 pages long, so I’ll have to fall back on Monica Wood’s DESCRIPTION, lol.

    And how suddenly open the land was, haze in the distance, the horizon revoked and nothing nothing mediating between him and the unopposable outwardness of things.

    And so he farted, feeling a momentary regret that she was within hearing distance. Fuck it. Just because he couldn’t hear her body functions didn’t mean she wasn’t also human.

    A bubbling, florid style would match her outward appearance, but a pared-down style would honor the subtext, which is the emptiness of her soul.

  3. Unhinged says:

    It might’ve been difficult to write, Dawn, but you made it seem effortless. Nice!

  4. Very nicely done, ladies!! Thanks so much for participating with me! *hugs*

  5. Fey says:

    Nifty idea and nicely written *huggles* You should set it as a WR challenge!

  6. From ‘Seduced by Darkness’ – which is on my dining room table because I just got it back today and am finally going to be able to send it to you!

    But Alex was a puzzle.

    Syran never knew how his volatile princess would react to things. After almost a year of marriage, she still proved an enigma. At the news he had to offer her now, she would either herald him the lord of all things, or wrinkle her nose in disdain.

    Which one depended entirely on whether she was getting on with her sister.

    Chessa, as always, was the key.

    THAT WAS SUPER FUN!! We should make it a regular thing. Good find, Kat!

  7. Dawn, yours was great. I would totally believe it had been written that way on purpose!

    Andi – you cracketh me upeth!!!

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