Wednesday, April 11, 2012

It's Road Trip Wednesday again! Every Wednesday, YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question. This Week's Topic:

What images inspire/ represent your WIP or favorite book?

I love to have inspirational images open on the desktop while I'm writing. Here are a few of my favorites from my current manuscript.


I am very excited to see everyone else's inspiration!
Posting these images has given me the courage to finally embrace the Lucky 7 Meme. I was tagged by Traci Kenworth on her blog and Sara at Crow River Writer.
The Rules:
1. Go to page 77 of your current MS/WIP.
2. Go to line 7.
3. Copy down the next 7 lines - sentences or paragraphs - and post them as they're written. No cheating.
4. Tag 7 authors.
5. Let them know.

Now that you have a mental image of the setting, here are my seven lines:

One by one, the men and boys dunked their faces into the water, rubbing their masks clean. Each called out a prayer when he emerged. They asked for favor in the new fall cycle. They asked for food and prosperity. They asked to be fearless. It was the first time he’d seen a religious ceremony end without spilling blood.

The cold stung like a thousand needles when he dipped his face into the tank, and he wished he could have seen the mask before washing it away.

A strange little scene out of context, and you don't even learn my main character's name! Instead of tagging seven writers, I'd like to open up the Lucky 7 Meme. If any of you would like to participate, please grab the button and let me know in the comments!

Music for today: Anna Sun by Walk the Moon


  1. I love your scene and how it goes perfectly with the images...there's definitely a sense of unease and intensity running through all of it. Very intriguing! Thank you for sharing.

  2. Wow, that scene sounds really good! And those photos are so inspiring! Thanks for posting them.

  3. Cool, Laurie! The snippet from your WIP is interesting, even out of context. And the pictures suggest rocks, caves, and some kind of ancient civilization...?

  4. Love that I got to read your snippet and see the images! The tone is great, and I love those mossy rocks.

  5. Thanks for sharing that snippet from your WiP. It's very well written and I'd love to know what comes before and what comes after :)

  6. I see a running nature theme in your images. This makes me want to go outside for a walk.

  7. I'm constantly seeing cool mossy rocks when we're hiking, but it's so hard to get nice pictures that don't just look like a mossy rock. I like how the first few pictures you chose have almost a skewed perspective.

  8. Lovely, Laurie! They make me so curious about your WiP and the secrets it might hold. Thanks for sharing these with us!

  9. These pictures and that snippet are so beautiful! Love it!

  10. Those pictures are so pretty. They make me want to wander into the middle of no where and find such beautiful places. So glad you posted the lines from your story. They sound great. I'm really intrigued as to what's happening my mind is already wondering who they are and why they have masks they can't see :)

  11. Thank you all for your kind comments. I'm not what you would call an 'outdoorsy' person, so beautiful images help me write in those kinds of settings. Those first three are from the Arkansas Ozarks. I'd love for some of you to do the Lucky 7 thing, if you haven't already!

  12. I like it, Laurie. It makes us wonder what the masks represent, why they're wearing them, and who these people are. Good job!!

  13. Being highly visual, I'll put pics up on my computer as well. But I love to write to music.