Sunday Snippet: “Which meant we were in huge trouble.”

Welcome back to Weekend Writing Warriors, the blog hop where authors post 8-10 sentences from their current, newly released, or upcoming work in progress. Still going through the first chapter of Storm of the Gods, the first book in my new and upcoming urban fantasy series, which is currently being formatted. Last time, Derek had collapsed and was looking at his unconscious brother while feeling guilt for attacking the rogue scions. NOTE: Scene has been creatively edited to fit the sentence limit.

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I’d almost killed four people. I had shot all my fire at them without even thinking. Because they were in my way, and because I’d wanted to.

I had barely been able to see them. My fire had crashed into them like a wave. If even one of them hadn’t been fueling that makeshift barrier with their magic…

I craned my head up as much as I could, wincing at the twinge that went through it.

The four scions were running down the dirt road toward the city, getting smaller and smaller by the second. Even if we recovered now, we’d be too weak to fight them again.

Which meant we were in huge trouble.

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So surprise surprise: I’m going to have to rewrite more sections of my YA Fantasy. AGAIN. I hate that I have to, but the main story just isn’t working, especially in regards to the plan I have in the series. I have kind of an idea of what I want to do, but I’m not sure how it will work out. This seriously sucks because I had been hoping to finish these edits by the end of the month so I can move onto Beta editing. But no, I’m losing faith in the story, and if I don’t love the story, readers won’t.

So I’m taking a break from that project to prepare Storm of the Gods for its new August release. Hopefully I won’t go crazy before then.

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Cheers,

Amy

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34 Comments

  1. Ed Hoornaert

    Losing faith in a story is big-time awful. You have my sympathy, Amy.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thanks. I’m sure I’ll come up with a solution but right now I’m just depressed about it haha.

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  2. Author Jessica E. Subject

    Uh-oh! What’s he going to do now?

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Tune in next week and see!

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  3. Christina Ochs

    Out of the frying pan and into the fire, as you do so well. Sorry about your story. 🙁 Hopefully taking a break from it will help.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you! And I hope so. I really want to get it done, but nothing feels right at the moment. :'(

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  4. veronicascott

    Interesting snippet!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thanks!

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  5. Alexis Duran

    Good thing they’re running away but who/what else is lurking around the corner? I feel your pain re: the story. I hate that when I hit a wall after spending so much time on a book. Writing time is so precious.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thanks! And exactly! I always feel terrible when I can’t focus on what I’m writing, even when I promise myself. And if I’m not completely in love with my story or my characters, other writers won’t be either. 🙁

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  6. Aurora Springer

    What is he worried about? Another cliffhanger ending!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Haha, always!

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  7. julieevelynjoyce

    Loved the excerpt! Good luck with the rewrites, Amy. I know it sucks, but you have to love the story first, right? I have faith you’ll make some magic happen. 🙂

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you so much, that’s just what I need to hear. 😀

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  8. Hywela Lyn

    Great excerpt – this doesn’t sound good though after the fight he went through. Sorry to hear you’re struggling with your story, I can empathise as I’m in a similar position with my current WIP. Sometimes you just need a break from it and then when you go back the answer hits you! Hope it works for you!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you so much. I’ve already taken a couple breaks from this story and still have big plans for a series, but nothing is working right now. :S

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  9. Elyzabeth M. VaLey

    Definitely sounds like he could get into more trouble soon. And ugh rewrites. Hope you can find your love for the story again

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      He just might! And I hope I do too!

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  10. chrisgrover

    Goodness me. I hope someone is galloping to the rescue here. Sorry about you losing a story. Been there, done that, so I feel for you.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      We’ll see! And thank you so much.

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  11. Teresa Cypher

    Losing faith is a tough one. But you’re doing the right thing. You have to be feeling the passion, or the reader never will. 🙂

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Agreed! I really hope I get that passion back because I genuinely miss it. 🙁

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  12. elainecsc2013

    Uh oh. Now he’s done it. Maybe after a time away from it your inspiration will come back.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      I’m hoping so!

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  13. Caitlin Stern

    I saw this coming–he burned the candle at both ends, now he’s paying the price. Hope he survives this!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Haha Thanks!

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  14. Karen Michelle Nutt

    I’m curious to know what will happen next.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Tune in next week!

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  15. Diane Burton

    Wow. Bad enough he’s exhausted from fighting. Add in the guilt. Poor guy. Good job.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you!

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  16. Cara Hartley

    Very cool! Much ado tends to be made about the importance of impulsiveness in modern society. Personally, I’ve always found that acting on impulse ends me up in much unnecessary trouble–much like your character!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Very true!

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  17. nancygideon

    It’s always something, isn’t it? Going back to look again through fresh eyes can often open them to news avenues for your story to take. Don’t give up!!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you! Right now I’m working for what needs to happen for the overarching story, which I know I shouldn’t be doing but my brain works that way haha. The problem is taking all those pieces and weaving them into a cohesive single story I can send to agents. Not an easy task!

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