On Sharing Your Work: The 7/7/7 Challenge

When Jean Thomas (aka @mizwriterlady) challenged me to the 7/7/7 challenge, I was a little hesitant. (So hesitant that I hardcore procrastinated on actually publishing this post.) I love talking about the creative process, but I actually tend to keep my actual rough draft under wraps. I’m not sure why I play it so close to the chest with my rough drafts — maybe because there’s no context and I’m worried that it will be completely terrible? So while I don’t think I’ll be posting whole chapters of my rough draft anytime soon (trust me, it’s for your own good), I do think it’ll be good to loosen up a bit and show a little more behind-the-scenes action.


Also, side note, I’ve been thinking about putting up a portfolio with some of my college essays and other writing, but I’m not really sure how to go about that. If I figure it out, I’ll let you know!


And without further ado, here are my 7 lines from page 7 of my (now finished) first draft:


Tarand walked beside me with his bow over his shoulders. “Don’t pay any attention to Aladar, m’lady. He knows you’re right… but you know how he feels about manticores.”

“I know, Tarand.” We stopped and waited for Aladar to catch up with us. “I hate hanging back because of the Oleficis as much as he does. But I don’t have much of a choice, do I?”

The walk back to the horses was silent, each of us dwelling on our own thoughts. Retracing our steps was bitter for all three of us — after all, we weren’t accustomed to having to turn away. But we’d been forced to do it more and more often lately.


How do you feel about posting your rough drafts online? I don’t mind it in a workshop or class, but for some reason posting it online makes me suuuper nervous! I’d love to hear what you think!

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