Hello, Internet-using lifeforms. Yes, I have been absent. No, I have not been eaten by vengeful monkeys intent on the destruction of the human race. Although that would certainly be quite the adventure.
But I am back with a bang and Beautiful Books, a writerly link-up hosted by Sky and Cait that focuses on your current WIPs. Technically, this linkup is supposed to be for NaNo writers, but we're just going to push that under the carpet for a bit...
I don't know if many of you know this, but I've recently began a not so secret project that I've been hesitant to share on the Internet because 1) judgement is ew and 2) I've started and stopped so many novels in pursuits of the cure to my month-long writer's block.
So without further delay, let's go!
Overall, how is your mental state, and how is your novel going?
My mental state has skyrocketed. Finally, writer's block seems to be fading into the distance and out of the grey has erupted my WIP!
My actual novel is coming along nicely. I officially began my first draft today (yay) and my prologue and chapter one are written! Obviously it needs serious editing, but I'm trying to hold off my inner critic for a while so that I can get the bones of it written.
Oh, I haven't even told you the name of my novel! I'm sorry about that. My WIP is called These Darkened Hours, and it focuses a lot on old Irish mythology and the modern world being forced to collide. Basically, it includes:
- sassy twins with magic powers
- a dark prince with a major crush on one-half of the aforementioned twins
- an evil Greek witch with an attitude problem
- random quotes from dead poets
What’s your first sentence (or paragraph)?
I am quite self-conscious about my prologue ('cause it kind of sucks) so I'm going to use my chapter one opening instead: chapter uno is called Darkness Safe, as each chapter title is taken from a poem by C.S Lewis called A Country Blind.
Nessa Dougherty kicked the russet-brown carpet of the nurse's office with a scowl, gripping the sides of the plastic chair she sat on as she did so. The desk in front of her, littered with papers and documents and home to a large red mug that read World's Best Auntie, belonged to the school nurse, a rather plump lady known to students and staff alike as Panda.
Who’s your current favourite character in your novel?
WHY WOULD YOU ASK ME THIS?
Um, I guess I'd have to go with my character Lex, a twin and a bookish warlock dragged kicking and screaming (literally, 'cause he's sort of kidnapped) from the modern world into the land of Éire. Lex is a bit of a bookworm (remind you of anyone?) and he loves nothing better than to quote his favourite poets to anyone who'll listen....mostly because the people of Éire have never heard of the poets from our world, which Lex thinks is a tragedy.
What do you love about your novel so far?
I love the landscapes I get to write about! Ireland is such a beautiful place of outstanding natural beauty, and getting to write about it is a great privilege. I'M A DESCRIPTION JUNKIE 'KAY?
Have you made any hilarious typos or other mistakes?
Um, I spelled 'that' as 'taht'
What is your favourite to write: beginning, middle, or end — and why?
Okay, I'm going to cheat here. I LOVE writing the climactic parts of my novel - like when Lex is kidnapped, or Nessa (his twin) discovers (not revealing it yet, sorry!). I suppose that would be...the middle?
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!
I write in the same armchair every day because it makes me feel very intellectual, I drink buckets of hot chocolate and tea, I listen to a LOT of dramatic music + compositions, and I write best in the evening and at night.
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)?
It depends who's around me, really. I'll show my friend Lottie anything, even if it's a crappy first draft, but I might be a bit defensive around other people if I don't know them well or if I don't think the writing's very good. Oh, and I'll show my English teacher anything. She's a legend.
What keeps you writing even when it’s hard?
A picture of my father on my bedside cabinet. He died this year and I write for him every day, because any success I have in the future will be dedicated completely and utterly to him.
What are your top 3 pieces of writing advice?
1) Write whatever pulls on your heartstrings so hard they threaten to break. (I've said this before but ah well)
Ah, I love these writerly link-ups. They're brilliant to do and a great way to interact with the writing community.
How are your own WIPs going? Any victories or hardships? Tell me!
- Sunset xx