I'm entering a contest sponsored by the fabulous Brenda Drake, and I'd like to know what you think about my entry before I submit it.
Here are the rules: Post the first 250 words of your finished, or not quite finished,
manuscript (any genre) to your blogs. This contest is about
voice--whether or not your character's voice matches his or her's age.
So if you mention the age or school grade in the first 250 words,
please edit it out or block it out for this contest. Don't list the
genre or title on your posts. If your 250 words falls in the middle of a
sentence, continue to the end of the sentence.
Check out the first 250 words of my novel in progress. Please let me know what you think. Ttake a crack at guessing Elliot's age, too, if you're inclined.
In a few short hours, Elliot Lynch would find herself buried under a mound of work. She could hardly wait.
She was home to work for Engagements, her family’s wedding and event planning business. Her sister had run the wedding side of the business for years, and now it was her turn. Their father planned to partially retire, and her sister would step into his role. Elliot was more than willing to let her sister handle the stuffy convention halls. For her, florists, bakeries, and chapels were like a second home, and she welcomed the homecoming.
She loved it on Cape Cod. For the past decade, Elliot had been away more than she was here, and she was ready to change that. The older she got, the more she appreciated the connection to her past.
Weddings were in her blood. Her mother had been an event planner before Elliot was born. Growing up, weekends were often spent in churches and dining halls, week day afternoons at appointments with vendors. It taught her patience from an early age. Her mother expected her to be on her best behavior wherever they went, and Elliot was always eager to please.
Based on that experience, Elliot knew her life would soon be a chaotic mess of brides, caterers, florists, seamstresses, and anyone else who had a part in planning a couple’s nuptials.
Marrying off couples meant her cell phone would be her most meaningful relationship. She accepted the fact and moved on.
Can you guess Elliot's age? Any other thoughts?
As an added bonus, anyone who leaves feedback for me will be entered to win this
week's Twelve Days of Writing drawing. (This isn't technically part of the series, but I figure why not.) Be sure to check back Friday at 2
p.m. CDT to see if you are this week's winner. Read about the contest and what prizes you can win here.