It's a Horror…

It's a Horror…

July 27, 2012 Writing 31

The grit of the African air hit him as soon as he landed. The open side of the helicopter did nothing to conceal this grit, and the wind from the blades started…


So, there you have it. The first 33 words of my NaNo novel (Toxic Lucidity) from last November. No, it’s not finished yet (yes! I’m a slacker), but Trifecta said they wanted it, so that’s what they get.

So, what are the first 33 words of YOUR novel?


31 Responses

  1. Libby says:

    Hey SAM! Sounds like an adventure – and I am a sucker for adventures πŸ™‚

  2. Carrie says:

    I rewrote the first few sentences for Rachel for this. To be posted shortly πŸ™‚

    Damn, reminds me I still have to work on MY NaNo…sigh…

    • SAM says:

      Yeah I did a teensy bit of editing. I had 5 to choose from, and this one seemed the most exciting/different. I need to work on my opening lines…

  3. Renada Styles says:

    there’s so much left open with this line!

  4. Marie says:

    I can almost hear the helicopter blades whipping away!

  5. jannatwrites says:

    This sounds like an interesting setting. You have me wondering what brought him to Africa in the first place.

    • SAM says:

      The next few 100 words don’t leave you guessing, and it dives right in to the horror, but would you expect anything less?

      Thank you so much for your feedback!

  6. I love the senses that are invoked right away, like you’re just jumping head first into another world…

  7. Gina says:

    I might just feel grit in my teeth now too. So is this an adventure trip or will it be trouble? Trouble, I hope!

  8. Tara R. says:

    I could just feel the heat and sand… there are so many places this could go.

  9. kgwaite says:

    Grit in the teeth; wind in the hair; and wondering…why is he there?

  10. hypercryptical says:

    Lots of exciting stuff to follow by the sound of it!

    Anna :o] at

  11. Annabelle says:

    Even more fun to know there’s a real novel behind this one! I’m totally curious as to what kind of horror this turns into.

  12. Sandra says:

    I sense a lot of material to be showcased by all the grit in the air… Very interesting opening!

  13. Thanks so much for linking up this weekend. I’m with the other commenter who said that this is even more exciting, knowing that the novel is already written. Good stuff here! Do you plan on doing NaNo again this year? I’ve done it twice before, but skipped last year. I think I’ve regretted it every day since. πŸ™‚ But Trifecta was launched then, and it seemed too much at once. This year, I’m all over it. I think. πŸ™‚

    • SAM says:

      I do. I have a few stories in mind, but not sure which one is going to win out. Not every story in my head can produce 50K words, LOL. This will be my third year doing it.If you do decide to do it, let me know. I’ll cheer you along.

  14. This is gonna be an adventure, not a pleasure trip, I can tell. Very evocative.

  15. Cameron says:

    Visions of safaris and danger brewing already…

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