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Welcome to Week 17 of the Friday Fiction Writing Challenge! Here’s a complete list of all the posts so far. Feel free to join in.

This week’s random word is: Family

I cheated a little this week. Mainly in the form of using characters I’ve been working on for a while now. Matt is the leader of Alpha Team in my Denaible Unit series. And Jake is from a related series that I’ve been playing with in my downtime.

The cheat is a little more than stealing fully-formed (in my head, anyway) characters. I know their history, their relationship, and how the past has shaped them (and their sister, Eve).

I know far more about Matt and how coming face-to-face with his past would go. So, I decided to see how Jake would deal with it—for some reason, I seem to like torturing Jake with people from his past.

This was a whole lot of fun, and it helped me connect with Jake and his backstory.

Here’s my response to the prompt (basic editing):

Jake hit the lights and music on his cruiser and motioned for the driver of the F150 to pull over. The driver hadn’t done anything, but his gut screamed that something was off with this guy.

The in-vehicle computer didn’t throw up anything on the truck or the owner. Maybe he needed some downtime after all.

He touched his weapon as he approached the F150. His gut may be off, but that didn’t mean he was going to be complacent on a traffic stop.

“Was I speeding, Officer?” the man asked from beneath his baseball cap.

Jake froze. That voice. He was suddenly fifteen again. Hope and pain fought in his chest. No, he’d stopped “seeing” Matt everywhere he looked a decade ago. He blew out a breath. “Licence and registration.”

The man stiffened.

Jake readied his thumb at the snap on his holster and repeated his request.

The man nodded and leaned over for his wallet. There was a scar at the back of his neck. One he’d caused.

A lightness filled Jake’s chest; he couldn’t breathe. “Matt?”

“Jay…”

The lightness burned away as fury took hold. Jake yanked open the door and hauled his brother out. “Losing you tore our family apart.” Jake swung at Matt, but Matt was too fast, blocking him.

With effortless grace, Matt maneuvered Jake to the ground, pinning him facedown on the asphalt. “I had a job to do. Being dead was…necessary. Besides, you were better off with me gone.”

Thanks for reading and have a stupendous weekend!

HOW IT WORKS

  1. Don’t think too hard on the word; just write about it for a maximum of twenty-five minutes or 250 words.
  2. Once you complete your sprint, give it some basic editing.
  3. Be courageous and post your results to your blog.

RULES

  1. Complete the challenge on your blog before 1700 UTC of the following Friday.
  2. Link to the original prompt post and make sure to use the tag Genre Scribes so that we can see all the posts together in WP Reader.
  3. Your text must be fiction (preferably one you publish in (or plan to).
  4. No real-life stories.
  5. The text can be dialogue, an interior monologue, a scene, flash fiction, anything… so long as it’s fiction.

Full information is on the Genre Scribes: Friday Fiction Writing Challenge page.

Genre Scribes: Friday Fiction Writing Challenge #16 — Crime

Welcome to Week 16 of the Friday Fiction Writing Challenge! Here’s a complete list of all the posts so far. Feel free to join in.

This week’s random word is: Crime

I’m not going to post my response to the challenge today. I ran out of time—got sucked into outlining DU2—and I’m really hungry. So, I’m off to have my dinner (pizza, pizza, pizza). I’ll update this post with my response over the weekend.

Update:

Here’s my response to the prompt (basic editing):

“Next,” the teller called from behind his counter.

Veronica smoothed the crumpled withdrawal slip between her clammy hands, then slid it to the man. She shifted from foot-to-foot, waiting for the inevitable.

The bland smile on the man’s face evaporated, his brows knitting together. He glanced from the slip to her face and back again, then let out a loud bark of laughter. “You’re shitting me, right?”

Anger gathered in her chest like a violent storm. Everything had fallen apart. Heath had told her he’d be here with her, that they’d save her sister together. And like a lovesick idiot, she’d believed him, trusted him—until she woke alone.

The teller must have seen something in her face that told him she was deadly serious because he moved his hand toward the silent alarm. But, before Veronica could threaten him, his eyes grew wide, then narrowed, and a smug little smile tugged at his lips.

The small hairs on Veronica’s neck prickled. She reached into her purse, frantically searching around for Heath’s gun.

“It’s over, Sweetheart.” Heath gripped her searching hand and turned her to face him.

Betrayal landed like a sucker-punch as the man who’d been her partner-in-crime cuffed her. The only thing she could focus on was the detective’s shield hanging around his neck. “You’ve killed her.”

Heath guided her out of the bank into the side alley. He leaned his forehead against hers and let out a long breath. “We found her. She’s safe.”

Thanks for visiting and have a wonderful weekend!

HOW IT WORKS

  1. Don’t think too hard on the word; just write about it for a maximum of twenty-five minutes or 250 words.
  2. Once you complete your sprint, give it some basic editing.
  3. Be courageous and post your results to your blog.

RULES

  1. Complete the challenge on your blog before 1700 UTC of the following Friday.
  2. Link to the original prompt post and make sure to use the tag Genre Scribes so that we can see all the posts together in WP Reader.
  3. Your text must be fiction (preferably one you publish in (or plan to).
  4. No real-life stories.
  5. The text can be dialogue, an interior monologue, a scene, flash fiction, anything… so long as it’s fiction.

Full information is on the Genre Scribes: Friday Fiction Writing Challenge page.

Genre Scribes: Friday Fiction Writing Challenge #15 — Hope

Welcome to post #15 of the Friday Fiction Writing Challenge! Here’s a complete list of all the posts so far. Feel free to join in.

This week’s random word is: Hope

Before I sat down to work on the challenge, I toyed around with what hope is. How could I use it in a piece of fiction? To be honest, I stalled for a bit. I was tempted to cheat and have a character called Hope, or name a street Hope Street.

Alas, I thought about a character hoping beyond hope that they’d make it somewhere on time. With that in my head, I sat down and got to work.

Here’s my sprint (basic editing):

Continue reading → Genre Scribes: Friday Fiction Writing Challenge #15 — Hope

Progress Update

I’m now at 12% on my outline for Deniable Unit 2!

Well, it’s been a while since I posted an update on my current work-in-progress (WIP).

I started work on the intentional outline for DU 2, made a ton of notes that made total sense, and then went on holiday. When I got back to work a few weeks ago, those notes made absolutely zero sense.

So, I’ve spent the last three weeks getting back up to speed with the outline, made a lot of changes, and now I’ve got the plot to where it should be.

Now that I’m over that speed bump, I know that my progress is going to pick up speed.

Raring to go for the next step!

Genre Scribes: Friday Fiction Writing Challenge #14 — Goal

Welcome to prompt 14 of the Friday Fiction Writing Challenge! Here’s a complete list of all the posts so far. Feel free to join in.

This week’s random word is: Goal

I had a slight panic attack when the generator spat out this week’s word. I’ve been struggling with setting concrete character story goals for book two of the Deniable Unit (DU) series this past week—had two competing plots in the outline. Aargh! And, when I saw goal, it felt like someone/something was messing with me.

When I finally got over my freak out, I got to work on the challenge. I forced myself not to write anything sports-related—mainly because I’m not into sport. I decided to play around with the outing of a character’s secret goal.

Continue reading → Genre Scribes: Friday Fiction Writing Challenge #14 — Goal