Bookworm Award rules:
1) Open the closest book- not a favorite or most intellectual book- but the book closest at the moment, to page 56
2) Write out the fifth sentence, as well as two to five sentences following
3) tag five innocents [or more]
Now, actually, the closest book to my hand was Paladin in a three-ring binder, but I assumed the rules referred to published books. However, this got me to thinking, which I like to do. What would happen if we take a look at our manuscripts the same way? I thought the excerpt from GAME OF THRONES was fascinating, even taken completely out of context. This is interesting since I am one of those people who read random pages before I buy a book. I hadn’t ever applied the random reading test to Paladin.
So, let’s take the exercise a step further. Go to page 56 of your manuscript and do the same thing.
From GAME OF THRONES by George R.R. Martin
“Might I have a closer look at your wolf?”
Jon hesitated, then nodded slowly. “Can you climb down, or shall I bring a ladder?”
“Oh, bleed that,” the little man said. He pushed himself off the edge into empty air. Jon gasped, then watched with awe as Tyrion Lannister spun around in a tight ball, landed lightly on his hands, then vaulted backward onto his legs.
From Paladin’s Pride
She could feel her cheeks burning. “Maybe I’m not so innocent.”
He howled with laughter. “Of course you are. I doubt you’ve even been kissed. I had planned on kissing you once I caught you, but those damned pebbles on my poor naked body erased all thoughts of anything but escape.”
She gasped. “Ugh. You were naked?” The shudder that went through her made Martin laugh again. “I almost felt around to make sure the pebbles would roll out right. You’re just–“