Happy Mother’s Day, everyone! Time for another Weekend Writing Warriors snippet. Every Sunday, I join a bunch of writers through a blog hop and post an 8-10 sentence snippet of my current project. You can click on the link to see what everyone else is up to.
Can you believe we’re already here at snippet 50? That’s about 500 sentences of content! Without further ado, here’s the next segment. Go ahead and read it, then get on with your Mother’s Day festivities.
After a bit of a lull, Sam comes forward with the first solution. Lotte is not sure if it’ll work, but anything’s worth a try, right?
“Lotte, I think I found a cure to your curse,” my brother said. As habit dictated, the whiteboard was always near and I reached for it and just scribbled a question mark. I highly doubted the library would have dirt on Chris’ trick bag.
“You know Hans Christian Andersen, right?” he asked.
Back up—our grandma is part Danish, so of course I know who he was. He’s only the most famous Dane there ever was, because he wrote fairy tales that everyone thought came from the Grimm brothers, but it’s not like I ever sat down to read any of the stories. I tilted my chin down, glaring at him as if he should’ve know the answer to that question.
“I don’t really know how I even came up with this,” Sam explained, “but I figured that if this was really done by magic, maybe there’s a fairytale that had a similar outline. I looked through the Grimm Brothers’ work, the Thousand Arabian Nights, and H.C. Andersen’s stuff. I found two versions of a fairytale that sound a lot like what happened to you.”
Trust the bookworm to know what to do, right? I’m lookin’ at you, Hermione.
I do have a question for the masses. I plan on sharing the fairytale this is based on (The Wild Swans by H.C. Andersen) but I’m not sure where. At first it was in the prologue as well as right after this snippet. Should I ditch the prologue to avoid redundancy or is there a better way to approach this? It’s mainly because I want to enforce the fact that this is a retelling, but it’s also a retelling of a not-so-familiar tale. I do like doing the hard way.
Until then, check out other snippets here. You can also learn more about the novel, Speechless, here. Don’t forget to comment below if you’ve got a snippet to share as well! Compliments and constructive insight are equally welcome.