Saturday, August 4, 2012

The Look Challenge

Kirsten Arnold and Lyn Horner tagged me in the LOOK Challenge.  The Look Challenge is a game writers play to remind us to keep an eye out for the overused word and replace it with something more evocative when appropriate. (Plus, the game lets us show off snippets of our works in progress.)
The rules of the Look Challenge require those who’ve been tagged to find the first occurrence of “look” in their work in progress, and then post that sentence and the surrounding paragraph(s). Then they have to tag an unspecified number of friends. Here's a short snippet from my current WIP, Come Home to Me, a time travel western romance.
“Didn’t I warn you that girl was trouble? Now look at the mess you’re in. First degree murder, Jake. You’re facing the death penalty.”
Jake Owens held the phone to his head, staring through the acrylic shield that separated him from the man on the other side. On the side of freedom. Jake clutched at the phone until his knuckles turned white, and he ground his teeth. He leaned forward, his nose almost touching the acrylic.  The bright orange color of the jumpsuit he wore, marking him as a convict, reflected off the clear material.
“I only told mama you got into a little trouble with the law before I flew out here. I sure as hell can’t tell her the truth.”
“I didn’t kill anyone, Tom,” Jake said, his tone clipped and harsh. He glared at his brother, his gaze unwavering. At least he didn’t think he’d killed anyone. He couldn’t be absolutely sure, though. The evidence strongly suggested he had murdered a man in cold blood. 


  1. You've got my attention, Peggy! Can't wait to see where this one goes. :-)

  2. Excellent. Write faster, doll. ☺

  3. Very intriguing, Peggy! Looking forward to more.