Enjoy this short excerpt from Truth Seer. But first I’m going to share a quick story about writing this section.
Story About My Writing Process
I wrote the first draft for this book in one month. That would probably be impressive except my first drafts are really bad. And I don’t mean, oh-that-could-use-some-improvement bad. I mean, who-wrote-this-worthless-thing bad. Luckily I go through several drafts before publishing. 🙂
I don’t remember very much of my writing process during the first draft, but this particular section stood out in my mind. Why? Because I literally wrote Imara into a hole and finished the chapter with Imara saying, “I have an idea.” But let me tell you, I did not have an idea. I had no clue how I would get Imara out of that hole. I ended my writing for the day on that sentence. In fact, I think it was even a weekend and I didn’t get her out of the hole until Monday.
A LOT of things changed from that first draft to the final draft. For one thing, she falls into the pit alone instead of with another person. Because of that, I had to completely change her method of getting out. In both cases, you get to see Imara’s ingenuity.
Excerpt from Truth Seer
Imara fell into the pit and rolled a few times before she stopped and tightened her body into the fetal position. She groaned and felt a prick in her knees as she stood. She held up the light from her ring and saw that she was far beneath the path where Abe and Siluk stood.
Abe put his belly on the narrow pathway and reached down over the cliff side. “Grab my hand,” he said.
Imara reached up, but there were still a few feet before their hands could touch. Abe’s eyebrows lowered in pain. “I’m sorry,” he said. “I see the pit, but the path looked wider than it really is.”
Imara shrugged. “It’s not your fault. Do you have more rope, Siluk?”
“Stay there,” Abe said. “We’ll go back and get the rope from the shaft.”
Siluk nodded and they both turned the corner and were out of sight before Imara could say a word.
“Stop!” Imara called after them.
She waited a moment, but didn’t hear a response. She frowned and kicked a small rock into the cliff side. She didn’t like the idea of Abe and Siluk traveling the catacombs alone. Even if it was through the paths they already knew. They were good at avoiding the illusions now, but that was with Imara’s help. Plus, they could get lost since Imara had the map.
Imara kicked another rock and shook her head. She had clothes in her backpack. They could have made a rope with the clothes. Or with a belt. She could think of several ways to get out if only they had stayed and used their heads.
Abe, reckless again. And impulsive. But also sweet. She saw the guilt and worry coming off his skin. He knew it was his fault Imara was in that pit and he felt awful.
Imara kicked one last rock and turned to stare back at the path above. There was only one thing to do now. She would have to get herself out and find them before they got hurt.
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