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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Beautiful Books Novel Update

Another Beautiful Books questionnaire!

  1. Overall, how is your mental state, and how is your novel going? Well, since it's only day 3 I'd say my mental state is perfectly fine right now. I intend for it to stay that way.
  2. What’s your first sentence (or paragraph)? 
    Time dragged on. (OK, that sounds dull; but it's not the first sentence of my book, just the first sentence that I wrote for NaNo.)
  3. Who’s your current favourite character in your novel? Alice. No, Gilbert. Or maybe Alice? Come on, don't make me choose.
  4. What do you love about your novel so far? Umm, everything? OK, I love that I'm still interested in the story after outlining it twice and writing the first draft. That's sort of a new feeling for me; and an unexpected one after eschewing outlines as creativity-strangling devices.
  5. Have you made any hilarious typos or other mistakes? No, not yet.
  6. What is your favourite to write: beginning, middle, or end — and why? There are spots in all that are hard to write, and spots that are fun and exciting. It takes all three to make a good book, so I try not to play favorites.
  7. 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 try not to eat or drink around my computer, plus it distracts me. I do listen to music, as long as it doesn't have words that I can understand. I can and will write anywhere, at any time of the day (or night).
  8. 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)? I'm fairly private. I don't mind sharing excerpts and talking about it, but I don't let people read it until it's done.
  9. What keeps you writing even when it’s hard? Nothing. Haha. I try to motivate myself by promising stuff. Like, you can't do any knitting until you've reached your word count for the day. Sometimes it helps, sometimes I end up procrastinating until its too late, and, well, what can you do then? Just keep on the next day!
  10. What are your top 3 pieces of writing advice? Try to make your dialogue realistic. Be subtle. Don't try to please everyone.


  1. Ahh yes, the age old struggle of trying to choose a favorite. Now I'm curious about who this Alice and Gilbert are. :)

    1. Keep an eye on the blog; there will definitely be excerpts and stuff :)
      I have a few posts about Where the Music Ends, including a Beautiful People post about Alice. My next Beautiful People will be about Gilbert.

  2. Keep that mental state stable! Honestly, that was my same reaction to the "favorite character" question. That's like choosing a favorite child. And so many people say that they listen to music writing, but I can't focus with words I can understand, either. How do they do it? Bribing yourself with knitting seems like a great strategy for personal motivation!Though, probably the most original one I've ever heard. ;)

    Elisabeth @ Inkspelled Faery

    1. Well, to be honest, I've had books where I can definitely pick a favorite (or least favorite, haha) character.
      If I listen to music with words in it, then I end up writing a word from the song on accident :D

  3. I'm glad NaNo is doing well for you! Choosing a favorite character is always so hard. XD I hate picking favorites since they're like my children. Best wishes writing!

    1. Thank you!
      Unfortunately I've fallen several days behind now :( I'm hoping to catch up over the weekend.

  4. Are you going to share the actual first line of the novel? Or are we gonna be kept in suspense? :)


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