Recently, I’ve gotten a bit in a writing slump. I just didn’t see the point in writing anymore. I’ve been thinking a lot about: if nobody’s ever going to read it, what’s the point in finishing it? Thoughts like that. But I’ve come to realize something else too, writing a line, a paragraph or a page that I really love makes me infinitesimally proud. I love writing. I just have to stop pressuring myself to write much. There is nothing wrong with taking a long time to finish a project, as long as you enjoy doing it.
I’ve seen this monthly link-up many times over the past months, but I’ve never really taken part. However, I have once written out an entire post and then not posted it… Anyway, today I’m going to answer some questions for this link-up created by Cait from Paper Fury and Sky from Further Up And Further.
This monthly meme is a writing-related Q&A and you can find an explanation of what it is and how to join here! The idea is that you answer the given questions for your characters! If you missed my writing updates and explanation of what my current writing project is about, I’ll quickly catch you up.
It’s called Our Shattered Minds. It’s about four outcasts: an assassin who loves playing with other’s hearts (Emery), a blacksmith who just wants to be left alone (Felton), a nanny with anger issues (Noa) (I hate the word nanny almost as much as Noa does xD) and a wanderer running from his past (Brim). They live in a world with magic, but it’s rare and special. They all hide their powers, which are blood, fire/smoke, seeing the future, and electricity respectively. People with magic have been disappearing and an underground rebellion arises, and all four of them get caught up in different ways. This is where their stories come together.
What are they addicted to/can’t live without?
Noa: Noa “needs” to escape her life by being in nature. Brim: He’s low-key addicted to playing cards. Emery: She needs to be in control. Felton: Felton is pretty balanced, he doesn’t really need much?
Name 3 positive and 3 negative qualities about your character.
Noa: + honest, independent, creative
– short tempered, chaotic, needy Brim: + clever, compassionate, trustworthy
– weak (physical), unconfident, anxious Emery: + outspoken, confident, charming
– violent, deceitful, kills people for a living (I find that to be a very negative quality :P) Felton: + mature, funny, well-spoken
– selfish, rigid, quiet
Are they holding onto something they should get rid of?
If 10 is completely organized and 1 is completely messy, where do they fall on the scale?
Noa: 9 Brim: 5 Emery: 3 Felton: 3
What most frustrates them about the world they live in?
Noa: Everything. Seriously. Brim: Magic. Emery: Sexism. Felton: How unfair it is.
How would they dress for a night out? How would they dress for a night in?
Noa: Noa would love to wear a princessy gown but does not have the money for it so she’d probably try to find something slightly fancy, or go with her normal look of jeans and a shirt. Brim: He would wear the same thing in both situations: pants, shirt and a black cloak, but for going out he’d wear a little more fancy shirt so he wouldn’t stand out. Emery: For a night out: a fancy dress: long with beading, a half-long cloak or her black coat, hair done up, heels. For a night in: Emery doesn’t spend many nights indoors, so probably just a dress but a less fancy one or PJs. Felton: Felton really just wears the same thing every day: green overalls and leather shoes. He doesn’t even own a coat.
How many shoes do they own, and what kind?
Noa: only 2 probably, one pair of dark ankle boots and a pair of trainers-ish kind of shoes. Brim: 2, I don’t know what kind. Emery: 5 or more? Mainly heels, some high boots and a pair of black army boots. Felton: 1, the kind of lace-up walking boots, but then leather.
Do they have any pets? What pet do they WISH they had?
Noa: None and she doesn’t really want any I think. She likes cats though. Brim: He would love a horse and he has owned horses for his travels but everyime he arrives at a new city he sells it to be able to afford a house. Emery: None. Felton: A kitten (and he didn’t want them but now he loves the thing)
Is there something or someone that they resent? Why and what happened?
I cannot tell you but all of them resent so much. Their pasts are so dark and I don’t want to reveal what happened.
What’s usually in their fridge or pantry?
There are no fridges haha so pantries it is.
Noa: I think it’s pretty much empty, maybe some left-over pieces of chocolate she cherishes. Brim: I dunno it’s not filled yet since he only just moved in. Emery: baking equipment, a lot of ingredients for making cakes and pastries. Felton: just some food, you know…
For some reason there are a lot of hands, that’s just random haha
Okay, they’re not amazing or anything but I like them and they took me two days so they better be worth it haha
You can find my aesthetics on weheartit and pinterest, which I have been obsessing over for the last weeks. I also have a lot of other aesthetic boards for other story ideas I might one day write but probably will never happen because I don’t have time to write every single story! I have too many stories in my head and too little time to write them all!
How’s writing going with you? I’ve barely written anything, oops, but I’m trying. I spent more time on pinterest and drawing then I’ve spent on actually writing!
I saw this award over at Smudged Thoughts and I couldn’t not do this. It sounds like such a fun tag and there is no doubt I’m an evil writer *evil laugh*, all of my characters had the worst childhood ever and people drop dead like leaves in autumn in this story.
How many characters do you typically kill per book? And how many people have you killed in real life, dear? Do you… feel any remorse about this? I’m concerned about you.
I haven’t finished my book yet but I’ve written about 20k and there are is only one death on paper, but there are probably about four-ish that died before the story started. I plan on having a massive kill-party near halfway and probably another near the end. But okay seriously, I expect there to be at least 20 deaths (not including the ones that died before), but probably no major characters.
I’m not going to answer the second part of this question 😛
Do you prefer to use weapons of mass destruction like explosions and famine and world war or more personal torture like killing family and friends and pets?
Personal torture, thank you very much. That way I can cause my characters some more pain because apparently, I like doing that.
Are you more like Loki, who perpetrates great evil with a creepy grin, or… give me a minute… Darth Vader, who secretly weeps inside his… fake head, whilst destroying the world?
Creepy grin. But at the same time, I cry for my characters.
What is the most dastardly crime you have ever committed as a writer?
So far, killed the (only?) person my character loved, in a very very awful way *grins*.
What kind of chocolate do you most like to devour as you burn things? White, milk, semisweet, or dark? Bonus points if you are so evil you find unsweetened cacao palatable!
Milk! I love milk chocolate. While we’re on the topic *takes a bite of chocolate*. You can never have enough chocolate while writing.
What is your villainous title? You may not have “Evil Overlord” because that one’s mine.
Uhm… Miss Heartbreak. Because I like to break my characters’ hearts (I’ll fix them again, I promise).
Which of your characters would actually be a match for you if you were to duke it out one on one?
Emery. No doubt. She’d kill me on sight. But honestly, I wouldn’t want to meet Felton or Noa in a dark alley either. Brim I could probably fight, and like, not lose to in the first few seconds.
Which character, in all the many books you have undoubtedly written, is most likely to be your Archnemesis?
*has not even 1 finished draft of book*
I don’t know.
Do you wear a cape? Face paint? A mask? Special underpants? Or do you hide in plain sight… like Moriarty? Give me details!
I wear my special cloak because CLOAKS.
Are you an evil writer like me? Then you should do this tag, because it’s lots of fun! What is the worst thing you’ve done to your characters? How many characters will die in your book?
I was tagged by the lovely Savannah over at The Book Prophet for this tag, so thank you Savannah!
This tag basically works like this: you pick seven lines from your seventh page of your work in progress. However, I’m going to do it a little differently. I will pick the seventh line of each of my first seven chapters.
7th line of the first chapter: And she had tried a lot.
7th line of the second chapter: In dreams, he knew that it would end, in reality, there was no end to his agony.
7th line of the third chapter: A figure in the back, behind the table filled with metal parts.
7th line of the fourth chapter: “Quietly.”
7th line of the fifth chapter: The sun shone softly through the misty sky, but apparently it was bright enough to bring out the umbrellas.
7th line of the sixth chapter: She loved pretending that the pretentious house was her own.
7th line of the seventh chapter: Meaning: she now had to go ask [not yet named character] for another job.
I love how incredibly random these lines are haha, they make completely no sense out of context, some aren’t even grammatically correct.
What’s the seventh line of your fourth (or third or seventh or whatever-th) chapter? I’d love to read it! Also if you want to do this tag, give it a go! I’d love to read all of your lines (you can also do it the “official” way of course).
It was a bit of a strange week, on some days I wrote a lot on some not at all. For those who (still) don’t know what it is, Camp NaNoWriMo is basically a smaller version of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), in which you can set your own goal. For NaNoWriMo your goal is 50k, but for Camp NaNoWriMo I set my goal to 15k.
I have just finished the one-but-last chapter I was planning to write for Camp, and tomorrow and the day after I will write the last. It feels good to have so many words down already, but I feel I’m getting into the mid-month slump. Luckily, or sadly, depending on how you see it, I will only be participating for two more days. I’m going on vacation and won’t have my laptop with me.
I am really looking forward to going away and I plan on getting some more inspiration while I’m away and maybe add some minor storylines and add some character development, things like that! I think a small break from writing can really help me get inspired again! I will be writing (or at least try to) while I’m away, but that will be on paper. With an actual pen. Yeah, I guess I’ll see how that goes!
So far I have attempted to write a contemporary novel and I am currently working on a fantasy novel. It is very different from my contemporary story and so far I am loving it. For this discussion, I wanted to discuss some of the differences and pros and cons of writing these two genres and compare them.
Week two of Camp NaNoWriMo has just ended. For those who don’t know what it is, Camp NaNoWriMo is basically a smaller version of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), in which you can set your own goal. For NaNoWriMo your goal is 50k, but for Camp NaNoWriMo I set my goal to 15k. This is not a lot but I’ll be going on a vacation in the middle of July and won’t be able to write from then on.
I am currently in a small writing slump, I’m at a chapter and I don’t really know how to finish it. I’m sure I’ll figure it out once I get myself to actually write some more. Yesterday I wrote only 60 words and that’s a big disappointment for me. I can do better! I’m going to try to write at least 1000 words today but I’m pretty sure that won’t reach it. It’s already late afternoon, and I haven’t written more than 150 words… I’ll try though!
I found that I am really good at randomly improvising and adding in characters or storylines on a whim. Sometimes it just clicks and I write a thousand words about stuff that isn’t even in my outline. I created a character that I think will have quite an important role later in the story. I’ve also gotten to know my characters better, especially Noa. I really like how all the characters come alive on the paper.