(Okay, so really it's a collab project with Emily @ Loony Literate, but still.)
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Today I'm sharing snippets from the first draft of Matryoshka, which I first introduced in this #WatchMeWrite. You can read all related posts here. Without further ado:
A snippet that shows your MC’s personality
"You’ve always wanted to go to the capital," Thomas' mother said.That paragraph right there is a heavy dose of foreshadowing. I had so much fun with it.
"We want a great many things." He wanted to sail across the world, learn a thousand languages and taste as many wines, slay exotic beasts and raise a city in his name, make promises and sell his heart to keep them, kiss a girl with hair of sunlight. He wanted a fairytale and the stars snatched his father.
He was back now to defy the stars.
His mother rewarded him with a thin-lipped smile. "Mallister’s head most of all."
A snippet featuring the villain
Well, to be honest, I'm not sure that Thomas can't be the villain as well. Another POV character, Kim, definitely views him as such.
Soldier: *smiling*Remember I mentioned my Camp NaNo draft was basically a "sparse draft"? Here's an example in full force. Notable points:
K: Stop smiling.
Soldier: Why? We're at the Dpt of Justice, no one can see us.
K: Stop. Smiling. *is watching Thomas* *approaches him carefully*
“Peace be with you,” the boy said in Derroni, pressing his hand to his heart. “I’m looking for the justiciar.” His [skin colour] face was too long and solemn to be called handsome, but that crooked smile made a thousand empty promises. That wasn’t why Kim’s heart was racing.
The boy wore the loose white robes of the south and the face of Stanley Mexrenne.
- asterisk-framed actions like cyberspeak
- no true dialogue tags
- shortened names (K = Kim)
- square brackets as I hadn't decided on how exactly to describe Thomas' skin colour
A snippet that’s mostly dialogueBasically my entire novel is mostly dialogue, since that was the focal point of my sparse drafting method. But here's a cute passage I quite enjoyed writing:
T: Kindness does the dead no favours.This dialogue is way snappier (snazzier, dare I say?) than the time period I'm setting this story in, but that's how it came to me and therefore that's how it's on the paper as a first draft.
D: And vengeance does? *exasperated*
The whiplash reply [elevated] Thomas’ opinion of Daniel at once. T: We began on a bad note, Dan, and I apologise. Perhaps we might begin again. *hand on heart*
Dan: *shrugs* sure. The Chancellor sympathises with some parties in less desirable parts of town, but she is set against violence. I might take you there and you could ask them to stand down? Since you serve the same cause.
T: Take me where?
D: The abbey. It’s abandoned, but the rebels have turned it into their base. Just behind the old market by the sea.
T: The old market is the black market. [in less modern but equally blunt terms]
D: You’re quite sharp for a southern boy fresh to the capital.
T: *thinks* You’re quite rude for a Chancellor’s assistant.
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