The ever-prolific Isabel Costello has tweeted another writing assignment. This one is pretty neat—it’s a curtain-raising of sorts on what people are writing. And it works like this:
Go to page 7 or 77 in your current manuscript
- Go to line 7
- Post on your blog the next 7 lines, or sentences, as they are – no cheating
- Tag 7 other authors to do the same
I chose the page 7 option to pull my seven lines from my manuscript, The Cookbook. Because it can be a bit jarring jumping into the middle of something without context, here’s the logline for the novel: When Lena Blake receives a handwritten cookbook from her grandmother’s estate—along with the instructions that she read it with her estranged sister—the 35-year-old undertakes an emotional project that forces her to reconcile sweet childhood memories with her soured, adult existence, forever changing the course of her life.
So, on page 7, we find Lena at her grandmother’s funeral, watching her sister, Lexie:
"It was amidst this collision of unfortunate past and painful present that I spotted Lexie, her thumbs moving over her BlackBerry keyboard in a flurried rat-a-tat-tat of efficient multi-tasking. Her brains, her patents, her genetically superior family, her egregiously large house in an upscale Chicago suburb and her annual salary with multiple commas compelled her to be doing something every moment. Moments like now. Mourn grandmother’s passing? Check. Greet group of bereaved relatives? Check. Schedule conference call with Mid-Atlantic team to review rollout plans for annihilating every competitor on the eastern seaboard? Check."
That’s seven lines of what I’ve been working on. I’m tweetin’ and taggin’, so get your seven ready!