Hello, hello, fellow bloggers/readers/writers/bibliophiles/or just person who was bored with nothing else better to do. So I have some awesome news to announce at the end of today’s post with some things I wanted to share. So, I’m lumping this post as a get-us-all-excited-for-my-new-writing-series post.
Wait, what! A new writing series! How did I not here about this?!
Dunno, but if you missed my post introducing it, then check it out here. Really, go see it. I’ll wait until you’re back.
*watching the clock*
*wondering where I put my cup of lemonade*
Great! You’re back now. (Or you just scrolled down, wondering what’s wrong with me.)
So, I have something SUPER exciting for today. Know the Novel. It’s this…um…I’m not sure what to call it. But it’s this really fun thing that Christine Smith does on her blog every year around this time. I’m very new to her blog, so this is my first time participating! (If you want to learn more or do it on your blog, read the post on it here.)
Okay, so let’s get into the questions for today. (Note: I try to keep my posts short, but this one might run a little long, but it’s all good.) The answers come from my current WIP, a YA fantastical modern retelling of Aladdin.
#1. What first sparked the idea for this novel?
Oooh, good question. Unfortunately I have a terrible answer. For some strange reason, I never remember in great detail how I get my ideas, they just show up and bug me until I write them. But I’ll do my best. So, it was earlier this year. My family and I was watching this movie called Kazaam. (It wasn’t really great, so I don’t recommend it.) Anyway, I just remember thinking at the end of it what if a teenage boy found a genie who was a teenage girl? And then I’d seen this drawing my friend, Lacey had drawn of this genie girl in pink. (Looking back, I think she might’ve been drawing Jeannie from “I Dream of Jeannie.”) And it was like what if this genie was a girly-girl genie, what would it be like for the boy? And then it just all came together.
#2. Share the blurb or just an overall summary.
Are you ready for this?
Sixteen-year-old, Colin Carlson just wanted a normal life. He was preparing for college in a couple years, his chance to finally do something more important than working at his aunt and uncle’s restaurant. But all his plans are shattered the day a strange dude shows up and makes him go on this crazy hunt to find a lamp. A lamp that supposedly had a powerful genie inside. Yeah, right.
Except it did, and now Colin’s stuck with a genie. A teenage girl genie, who says he gets three wishes. He’s ready for his first wish, which happens to involve the richest man in town’s daughter. Colin’s had a crush on her for years now, and with this genie, he may finally have a chance to impress her. But someone is after him, seeking the genie’s power for some mysterious desire that Colin wants no part of. As everything unravels apart, Colin is drawn into a fight to save his genie and her world. But how is he supposed to save the day when he’s so clumsy, awkward, and, in other words, not hero material? He is caught in the middle of a war between two worlds, but he may not yet be ready for the challenges ahead.
#3. Where does the story take place? What are some of your favorite aspects about the setting?
Okay, so this story has TWO worlds. Like in Narnia and Harry Potter and that stuff. There’s the world the genies live in and our world. So, our world’s setting is in Delbert, Florida. A town that is not on any maps. Basically unknown by the rest of the world. (Well, it’s more like it’s lumped into a city near it, but kind of secludes itself. Does that make sense?) My favorite aspect about the setting is the ocean about thirty miles east. I have some amazing scenes that take place there.
#4. Tell us about your protagonist(s).
Colin is the main character. He’s clumsy, awkwardish. He also has a bit of an attitude problem. He’s messy and most of the times has this I-don’t-care attitude. He just doesn’t want anyone to know when he really does care. He’s an amazing chef (well, chef’s not the right word), but doesn’t like cooking. Just does it because he needs the tips he gets at the restaurant for college. He wants to go to college because he thinks it’s his chance to do something important, and if he does something important, it’ll make him important.
#5. Who (or what) is the antagonist?
Dolf. He’s the villain who’s trying to destroy the genie world. But he has this whole reason where he thinks that he’s really saving our world.
And a sad backstory, but I’m not sharing it.
#6. What excites you most about this novel?
The magic!!!!!! I have this whole magic system with the genies structured out. It’s really complicated. Well, at least, I’m having a hard time keeping it straight. And this is the first time I’ve ever written a fantasy story. EVER!!! I didn’t even like fantasy all that well, until I started reading Jennifer A. Nielsen’s fantasy books, and then I kind of liked it. And then I started writing this book, and I fell in love with it. Really, I now have a ton of fantasy books lined up on my TBR list.
#7. Is this going to be a series? standalone? something else?
It’s a planned series, but I’m working the first book out to be able to standalone. So, it can standalone, it would just be better with books 2 and 3.
#8. Are you plotting? pantsing? plantsing?
Plantsing all the way!!!!!!
#9. Name a few unique elements about this story.
Okay, so I’ve already said the magic was complicated. And Colin is a really unique character (I think). The genie world is also really cool. And there’s this whole backstory of the genie’s and Colin’s that I think is really unexpected. So *shrugs* that’s the best I’ve got.
#10. Share some fun “extras” of the story (a song or full playlist, some aesthetics, a collage, a Pinterest board, a map you’ve made, a special theme you’re going to incorporate, ANYTHING you want to share!).
Okay, are you ready for this? I’m getting ready to swarm you with a bunch of stuff.
First off, I don’t have a playlist, but I know some amazing songs that are like Colin’s theme song.
#1. “Fighter” by Danny Gokey
#2. “Masterpiece” by Danny Gokey
#3. “From Now On” from The Greatest Showman
Now I’m going to share something I’m calling a character board. The first one is of my main girl lead, Genie
The next character is another genie, Chessna
The last character is Colin’s cousin, Rora
And now a quote board/graphic. Yeah, I don’t know what to call it.
So, don’t forget to tell me what you think in the comments. (Oh, and which character/character board is your favorite: Colin, Genie, Chessna, or Rora)
Again, apologies for the long post, but now I will announce my dates for my upcoming series on character development. I wanted to do a post every other Thursday, but some ran into some holidays.
Oct. 15: Character Development Part 2: How Much Should You Describe Your Character?
Oct. 29: Character Development Part 3: The Importance of Giving Quirks to Your Character
Nov. 12: Character Development Part 4: Understanding Your Character’s Reactions
Nov. 24 (Tuesday): Character Development Part 5: Avoiding Overused Tropes *okay to be honest, this topic might change, since I forgot what I was going to talk about*
Dec. 10: Character Development Part 6: Digging Deeper
Dec. 17: Character Development Part 7: Applying What We Learn
Dec. 29 (Tuesday): Character Development Bonus Fun Wrap Up
Okay, so I hope you’ll join me on this series.
And tomorrow Teen Writers’ Nook has a new page coming up. It’s called Critique Corner. There I (or Lacey and Alana) will share some portion of our work for you to read and give us advice. Tomorrow, I plan to have up a portion for my first chapter from Into the Lamp. I hope you’ll stop by and read it.
Real quick, I wanted to share two amazing writing websites for aspiring teen writers, since I had already given the spotlight to another blog I love. (This was my original post idea, and I still wanted to give these two blogs a spotlight, so I’m still going for it.)
First is Go Teen Writers. You may have heard me talk about them, but it’s because they are amazing!! Really, I’ve learned so much from them. And guess what! They have a new writing book coming out December 3rd!!! Go Teen Writers: Write Your Novel. They’re going to talk about writing and how there isn’t “one right way to write a book.” I’m super excited for it. Learn more or preorder your copy here. And while you’re there, check out their blog.
The other amazing writing website is Wild Writing Dreams. I just discovered it, in August or September, I don’t remember. But Mary @ Wild Writing Dreams is incredible. Her posts are filled with so many amazing tips for aspiring teen writers. Definitely one to check out here.
Thank you, thank you, thank you for reading today’s post. And don’t forget about Critique Corner tomorrow. (It might be tonight when it goes up. Really depends on what my writing schedule for today looks like.) And I’ll see you back on another post. For now, Keep Writing!