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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Beautiful Books - October 2016

Well, I've been waiting for the next Beautiful People questions, and completely missed the fact that they posted a Beautiful Books questionnaire instead.
So here goes. Where the Music Ends. What's that? Why is my word count still so ridiculously low? Because I haven't been writing. Yes, yes, I know. I promised I would. Well, hopefully I will get back to it. Stop looking at me like that. Here's a post to keep you quiet.

1. What inspired the idea for your novel, and how long have you had the idea?
I started out with the scene of a woman in red, standing in a clearing in the forest and calling the children to her for nefarious (but unknown) purposes. That was several years ago.

2. Describe what your novel is about!
At its heart, it’s about the love of a sister for her brother, and the lengths she’ll go to rescue him. It’s also about friendship and adventure.

3. What is your book’s aesthetic? Use words or photos or whatever you like!
Erm, haven’t thought about it much.

4. Introduce us to each of your characters!
I have a very small cast in this book. There’s Alice, the main character, whom I introduced in September’s Beautiful People post. There’s Gilbert, who joins up with her right at the beginning. Her brother Joseph, whom we only see in a few scenes. The witch is the villain. Supporting characters are Henry, his grandmother, and a scholar named Anthony.

5. How do you prepare to write? (Outline, research, stocking up on chocolate, howling, etc.?)
I outline. I don’t have any rituals or anything, if that’s what you mean …

6. What are you most looking forward to about this novel?
Getting the second draft done!

7. List 3 things about your novel’s setting.
It’s cold. There are mountains. Oh, and a university!

8. What’s your character’s goal and who (or what) stands in the way?
Alice’s goal is to rescue her brother. The witch, and sometimes Gilbert, stand in her way (in one way or another).

9. How does your protagonist change by the end of the novel?
Well, I wouldn’t want to spoil that for you.

10. What are your book’s themes? How do you want readers to feel when the story is over?

See question 2 for the theme. I want them to feel like they’ve read a worthwhile story about characters they have come to care about. I want them to feel like it will go on once the last page has been read, but also to feel that it has come to a satisfying conclusion.

Sunday, October 2, 2016


My last post made me start thinking about how I need to be writing the second draft of Where the Music Ends. My problem has been that there are some things that I need to figure out before I can start the second draft. Issues with character motivations mostly, as those were sort of confused/unclear in the first draft.
So yesterday I decided to do what I'm calling Octowrimo. My goal is 25,000 words. The book is around 20,000, but I'm giving myself 5,000 words for planning and I'm including those words in the final count (though obviously not in the word count of the draft itself); that way I can feel more like I'm actually writing, instead of the planning stage seeming to drag on and me champing at the bit to get to the words that actually count.
So I'm putting a widget up on the sidebar of this blog that will show my total Octowrimo count; I only have to write 800 words a day, which is totally doable. I wrote 916 words yesterday in about 15 minutes.
I'm going to give myself 20 minutes a day where I turn off the internet and write. Nothing else, just write. And I'm posting about it here, because I'm pretty sure people read here even if y'all don't comment; it will give me a bit of an incentive to do this, since I know people are watching.

I'm planning on being ready to write the third draft for NaNoWriMo.