*Rises from the dead* Hello! I’m here to bless you with a sloppy post and you’re here to not judge because that’s not nice. Anyway, linking up with Beautiful Books again because again, they gave me questions. Which is nicer than most people. Please enjoy and have a nice day!
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Overall, how is your mental state, and how is your novel going?
So far, so good. For the most part. I haven’t totally met the word count that I wanted to but I’m writing every day so it’s okay. I’ve only missed two days out of… five. Okay, so not so good. But like, performances for my play start tomorrow so I’m still scrambling to get ready for that. (Honestly, doing better than I thought I would.)
What’s your first sentence (or paragraph)?
Everyone’s house bleeds with the occupants. With their thoughts, moods, feelings, memories, possessions.
The beginning of the book is narrated by Asher so basically everything sounds like this. It’s been hard to write but at the same time really fun. (He is also constantly quoting books and poems and its sooooo fun to write, you don’t even know.)
Who’s your current favourite character in your novel?
Honestly, probably Kell right now. She’s right really sassy but in a much different way than I usually write sass. She makes arguments that make no sense but yet bring you to agree with you and her words never really fit together correctly but you still get what she’s trying to say. She’s sometimes really witty but also completely confusing.
What do you love about your novel so far?
All of it?? No, not all of it, who am I kidding? I like the novel so far as a whole but there are certain parts I don’t love. Roan is changing a lot throughout the course of the novel and I’m not sure if it’s in the way I want. I just have to be very careful to watch if I’m staying true to his character.
Have you made any hilarious typos or other mistakes?
Not many but I keep switching/forgetting/replacing names and it ends very messy and I’ll probably get to editing and lay in a puddle and cry. As I often do.
What is your favourite to write: beginning, middle, or end — and why?
I think the beginning was the best to write because it was from Asher’s point of view. But the middle was also fun because Kell is just really funny sometimes and it just is extremely fun to write from her POV. She often spews lines that are nonsense but still hilarious?? Like how does she do that?? She should tech me honestly.
What are your writing habits? Is there a specific snack you eat? Do you listen to music? What time of day do you write best? Feel free to show us a picture of your writing space!
Okay well, this Halloween I went trick or treating of course (As Barb from Stranger Things in case you care) and I got a bunch of candy. So usually what I’ll do is I’ll reward myself with candy about every 500 words I type. (Oh my gosh, of course I use self-control with this. How old do you think I am? Five?)
How private are you about your novel while you’re writing? Do you need a cheer squad or do you work alone (like, ahem, Batman)?
A friend and I are currently using each other to be accountability partners. (What else are friends for?? Pssh… Not for a social life, that’s for sure.) And so far it’s been super helpful. She cheers me on when I’m in a slump and checks in on me a few times a week. It’s been a new experience because I usually just have writing be a one man job. If there’s anyone you can buddy with, I highly recommend it.
What keeps you writing even when it’s hard?
Ummm… dying? Or maybe those playlists on Spotify based off Stranger Things Characters cause those are sickkkkkk. (Sorry guys, I talk about Stranger Things a lot. Just expect it from me from now on.) No but they’re great and sometimes this thing pops up and makes your dash look like the Upside Down, what more do you want? Look ’em up, you won’t be disappointed.
What are your top 3 pieces of writing advice?
- It’s okay to be a puddle. Sometimes even better than okay. Puddles are just what writer’s turn into when returning to their natural state. DOn’t worry about it, we’ve all been there.
- Work on characters before plot? This is more preference but I usually never plot. This time I plotted only two or three scenes of the whole novel and it worked great because I had done so much character work. My characters mostly just move on their own in my head now which is incredibly helpful. But I know some people like plot more and that’s you’re own personal choice. You do you boo.
- STOP EDITING! Yes! You! The person with the keyboard and sloppy first draft. (No offense to your first draft but… that’s how they all are.) Look, I know you think you’re different and you can make it through life with only one draft. You probably couldn’t be more wrong if you tried. You’re gone have to edit it so much your eyes will hate you by the end. So why don’t you just put off the part till alter and enjoy the writing part of writing. Just save the piles of editing for later. Trust me, it’s hard but it’s worth it.
Okay guys! Glad you came to my mess of a post but grab some fudge cake on the way out and have fun writing those novels!