{Writing Journal} Day 22: Snippets from The Rebel’s Bride

Need a day out of the house to work on the next scene. Don’t know why, but this one has taken forever for me to get the motivation to write it. It might have been because the first idea I had for the scene bored me to tears and I scraped it. The second idea I had for the scene wasn’t going to work anymore as Mina has no contact with the other women taken by the Rebels. So I went with the third idea, which didn’t work at first because it was too forced and the last part needed to be in Cynel’s POV.

Anyhoo, I wrote the entire scene today.  The conflict is more between Mina and the captives, but shortly Mina is going to learn the truth of why the Rebels want her and her anger will drive all her decisions.

Total Word Count for Today: 2,591
Total Book Word Count: 41,845


Disclaimer: These snippets are unedited and might be entirely different in the final version.

Nana shook her head. “It’s a lie. You knew them by name! You knew what they were before anyone else! Did you take them as your lovers? Did you betray us all?”

Matrina stood toe to toe with Mina, spittle flying from her mouth. “Admit it! You wanted this. You were looking for a way to escape marriage. You’re a spoiled child who doesn’t care what your defiance brings to the rest of us.”

“How dare you?!” Mina shoved the woman back, tired of her bullying. “I was prepared to marry a man I despise, a man who wants me dead, to protect you all from the Council. I didn’t ask for any this anymore than the rest of you, but I’ll be damned if I’m going to spend the rest of my life in misery because of it. You can choose to see Andena as a traitor who took her chance at happiness but I applaud her courage. It’s more than any of you have.”

“Then you are a traitor to your people too,” Nana sneered.

Mina glanced at them all. “Am I? Did I betray you? Or did our people betray me?”