Here is an excerpt from my young adult eBook Fires in the Night (Warriors of Aralan Book 3). Liked this? Fires in the Night can be downloaded here!
The back of Quintin’s head throbbed as he regained consciousness gradually. Everything was completely dark, and for one panicked moment he thought he had lost his sight. As he became increasingly aware, he realized that he was gagged and blindfolded, with his hands tied behind his back. The ropes used to tie his hands were cruelly tight, biting into his wrists so that any movement caused fiery pain to shoot up his arm.
He groaned. He had been taken captive, but why?
“Ah, Garrick, looks like he’s coming around,” an annoyingly nasal and squeaky voice announced.
“So I see,” a much more sinister voice answered, and footsteps approached.
Quintin tensed because he recognized the second speaker. He flinched when rough hands ripped the blindfold and gag off, so that Quintin was confronted by the leering face of the sword-bearer. He grimaced as Garrick’s rotten breath blasted his face. “You took forever to come around, and you’re heavy to carry. Who’s the winner now, eh?”
Quintin refused to rise to the bait, instead using the opportunity of sight to take in his surroundings. It was nighttime, but he wasn’t in the same place that he had been taken captive. About seven feet from the tree where Quintin sat was a campfire, and the spear-carrier sat hunched over it, glowering at Quintin from a safe distance. On the other side of the fire he spotted the faint glimmer of his axe blade.
Quintin was distracted by the sudden tickle of Garrick’s rusty sword under his chin. “I asked you a question,” he reminded him mockingly, quoting Quintin’s earlier words. “Who’s the winner now? You didn’t really think we’d play fair, did you? Or perhaps you were too naïve, grown up with a warrior’s honor and all that rubbish, to realize that not everyone is stupid enough to follow the game’s rules.”
Quintin had to bite his tongue hard to not say something that would get his head chopped off immediately. “You’d be surprised at what I’ve done and thought about doing,” he growled. “Now I must ask you a question, Garrick, if that’s what your name is: why have you taken me captive? What do you want with me?”
Garrick stepped back, smiling maliciously as he sheathed his sword. “Oh, we don’t want you, we’re just carrying out orders. The Chief is the one who sent us on this mission.”
Quintin squirmed into a slightly more comfortable position in order to look Garrick in the eye. He had a horrible feeling that he wouldn’t much like this Chief person.
Writer's block is the eternal foe of all writer-kind, and if you find yourself afflicted with that unfortunate malady, I have some good news for you: today's blog post includes 10 Creative Writing prompts that will hopefully get those writerly wheels turning again!
1.) "You're crazy," she muttered, pushing the offending twig out of her eye as she tripped over a tree root in the night-dark forest.
"I know," he grinned.
2.) Your character is putting your child to bed one night, when they step on something protruding from under the bed. Upon further investigation it appears to be a tail belonging to—what? A miniature dragon? The family's cat? A creature of unknown name? You decide.
3.) "You did what?"
"Only a little bit."
"I don't care—do you have any idea what this means for us?"
"... something bad will happen?"
"No—I mean, yes—no. Sort of. Follow me."
4.) Someone dies, but make their death sudden, unexpected, and necessary. Maybe they were the only character with a specific skill set, and without them the others have to figure out a new way to complete their goal.
5.) Your character comes in contact with someone who is the complete opposite of their personality, but they have to work together to advance the plot.
6.) "What are you doing?"
I gasp, wheeling around and in the process scattering the gems in a gleaming, multicolored cascade.
7.) Think of your favorite song. How could that song become a plot?
8.) Two of your characters meet in a place neither one is supposed to be.
9.) "You have .02 seconds to either disappear, or fly away as fast as you can—otherwise, I'm going to kill you."
10.) "The other night I had a dream..."
For more writing prompts, check out my previous blog post here. Thanks for reading!
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Progress for round four of edits on Warriors of Aralan #9: