OK, Cally. You’ve talked me into it 🙂
My friend Cally over at Cally Jackson Writes, has convinced me to enter the Power of Tension Blogfest that she and my friend Rachel over at Rachel Morgan Writes are running this week. It ends in about 10 minutes, so talk about squeaking in under the wire… there’s a bit of tension right there!
I explained to Cally that moments of tension in picture books tend to be about 7 words long and not at quite the level of the novel entrants in this blogfest. Her response was something akin to, “Pshaw! Balderdash!” and she encouraged me to break out part of a NIP (that’s my acronym for Novel In Progress because why refer to it as a WIP like everyone else when I’m just that daring-to-be-different?)
So here it is. (Cally also promised no one would throw spit balls or laugh – and I WILL hear you!)
Oren and Beck, 2 12-year-old boys, are running from the evil King Feridon and his army. They don’t know why he’s after them, but they know if he catches them they will, in all likelihood, be killed. Racing through Dreadwood, they become separated. Beck, with 50 soldiers behind him, struggles desperately to stay ahead of the war horses on his small farm pony….
So there you have it… I was limited to 300 words (there are 260 here.) Did I manage any tension, or … Hey! Wake up!
I forgot to add no falling asleep to no throwing spitballs or laughing!
Check out the other entrants here!