So I’m doing NanoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and I’m about 5000 words in. This time out, I’m writing without a plan & actually chafing at the way the NanoWriMo site demands a title, a cover photo, a synopsis, and an excerpt of the novel-in-progress…I mean, how do I know what it’s called until I know what it is? Anyway, if you want to check out my progress, you can find me under “the_PRB” and the title right now is “I am the shape of the hole inside your heart.” Here’s an excerpt (note: this is a FIRST, unedited draft – with all that entails):
The phone was out and the closest phone box was at the end of the block, she had no change to call anyone and anyway who would she call? She stood in the hallway wanting to scream the names of anyone who might be in the squat and knowing that the silence meant that no one alive was in the house. It was then she saw the handprints all along the wall near the front door and leading up the stairs. She bit her lip, did not scream and left by the front door. She walked out into the bright, cold London morning and did not come back.