What’s up, Mondayers!!!! Man, I wish WordPress would stop telling my made up words are spelled wrong. It TOTALLY ruins the fun in it. *pouting in the corner like a two-year-old* Anyway, I’m here with PART TWO in blogger, Christine Smith’s Know the Novel series. It’s all about getting to know what’s up with my WIP, which is a YA contemporary retelling of Aladdin!!!! If you missed part one, you don’t wanna miss it. And if you wanna do this on your own blog or social media (if you’re nothing like me and ACTUALLY HAVE social media, that is) check out her awesome post on it here.
I’m gonna act like I meant for the picture to be that big.
Anyway……….onto the QUESTIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
*what is it with that 1 always throwing off my exclamation points grove*
Oh well, you’re probably tired of that anyway. Let’s just skip the rest of the intro. *yelling to my director* “Cue the questions!”
1. How’s the writing going overall?
So, actually pretty good. I’m covering a ton of ground in my WIP, INTO THE LAMP. I’m looking to be ready to start submitting to literary agents soon. (But you can read all about that on my previous post.) I should say, I don’t really follow the writing style as most people. My first drafts are actually VERY neat, and most of it sticks around into my second draft. So, I write pretty fast. (A blessing really.) But…yeah. That’s kind of where I’m at.
2. What’s been the most fun aspect about writing this novel so far?
That for once, I’m actually HAVING FUN. I looooooove my characters a ton. They’re sooooo amazing. And I’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback. I really think Genie being a “girly-girl” is the most fun, because she was just so unique and different. And fun….like, really, really fun. *I am so bad at answering these questions*
3. What do you think of your characters at this point? Who’s your favorite to write about?
jkdkdkd ahhh, I have no idea what just happened to my formatting. Oh, WordPress, are you doomed to destroy me?
Well, I’m gonna have to go for this until I figure it out. Maybe when I published it, it’ll fix itself to normal.
So, far Colin, my MC, I just looooooove him. A ton. I mean, occasionally he bugs me but we work it out in the end. Don’t we, Colin! *okay, he’s probably groaning at this point* And yes, I just had some weird conversation with my MC. Don’t judge me. 😉 My favorite character to write about is Genie or Colin. I’m sorry guys, I just can’t pick. They are so lovable I mean listen to this:
The girl straightened her back and declared, “I am the genie of the lamp. Here to grant you three wishes.” She narrowed her eyes, her smile slipping away. “And only three. No exceptions.”
I backed away a few steps. “Impossible. A genie, really?” A tense laugh slid off my lips. “You really expect me to believe that? I’ve lost my mind! Genies, magic, lamps with girls hiding inside, none of that is possible. No, I won’t believe it. I won’t!”
The girl sighed, shaking her head back and forth. “Humans are so narrow-minded.” She clicked her tongue, then giggled. Her eyes danced with joy. “Anyway, I don’t care if you believe me or not. I’m just glad to be out of that lamp.” She stretched her arms, still grinning like she was trapped in some endless joke. “It’s nice to feel the sun and breathe fresh air.” She took a dramatic breath, then, she looked around. “Or, not. Hey, shocked boy, when are we getting out of this cave?”
Wait, I fixed the formatting! *giving myself a high-five!*
4. Has your novel surprised you in any way?
Oh, yeah. I think in the end, I’m gonna be super mean to Colin, ’cause when I’m writing I’ll be like oh, or I could make this super bad and possibly life-threatening scene that Colin can’t escape from happen. And then Colin ends up stuck in some trap and Genie has to save him, ’cause you know, she’s got magic and all. But she’s not always there and, yeah, it doesn’t look very good for him. (Now you see what Colin and I fight over. Just kidding actually. There’s no fighting. *wiggling eyebrows and holding up pencil* Colin can’t stop me from ruining his life.)
5. Have you come across any problem areas?
Yeah, my ending has had to been reworked. The stakes weren’t high enough. But now, I have it all planned out to end up in this moment where everyone’s like there’s NO WAY Colin’s gonna make it through this one. Because I’m serious EVERYTHING falls apart. But I won’t say anymore.
6. What’s been your biggest victory with writing this novel at this point?
I think every single person who’s read my story and said they really liked it. And all of you who commented on my last Know the Novel post, Christine and all of you are sooo encouraging. It really made me even more eager to get this thing published. So THANK YOU SOOOOOOOOO MUCH. I don’t think those words are big enough, though, for all my gratitude, but it’s the best I’ve got.
7. If you were transported into your novel and became any one of the characters, which one do you think you’d be? Would you take any different actions than they have?
Oh, I’d be…oh, I really wanna say Genie, but I’ll be a little more creative. How about Chessna! She’s this really sweet genie who’s like soooo loyal to all of her friends. I think she adds more strength to the story than most people realize. If I was her, though, I’d have to do some serious changes to the story. Oh, yeah, I’m talking about using my knowledge of what’s gonna happen next to save the day. But if I was Genie, I’d still really take some different actions and like not put myself in this moment where everyone thinks she’s gonna die and all. I’d find a way to avoid that.
8. Give us the first sentence or paragraph then 2 (or 3!) more favorite snippets!
Yeah, this is my favorite question!
The same man had sat at the exact same table for the past week.
And all he ordered was coffee. What person thinks the coffee at a burger place is any good? Well, my aunt’s coffee isn’t any good. Believe me, I’ve tried it.
Shudders always crept up and down my back whenever I took his exact same order. For a whole week.
But on this particular day, I ran into more than I bargained for….
And some other great moments:
Delbert was not on any map. The town sprung up out of nowhere about two hundred years ago by a group of people who wanted to hide from the world. No one knew their reasons. Only that a town started and remained unheard of by the rest of America. Now, we’re lumped into a city near us, but we have kept ourselves a little secluded. It’s not like no one leaves. More that no one comes. Which was why when I first moved in, the whole town heard about it, knew about it.
And since then, it became my goal to be as unseen as Delbert.
By middle school, I realized my dream would be easy to accomplish. Just every now and then, someone did notice me, though it never ended very well.
“What have you done?” Honestly, if I had to ask another question today, I think I would shout. My voice edged its way there.
“I made it more me. This room was so dull before.” Genie smirked, but I wouldn’t let this one slide. I took a second look at the hot pink walls – replacing the light tan-colored ones.
“Change. It. Back,” I growled.
She made this big show of thinking it over, changing her facial expressions more times than I could count. “No.” Genie planted her feet and crossed her arms. How did you handle girls like her? Rora had her stubborn moments, but not like this.
“Now. This is my room.”
“Actually, it’s mine now. I’m not going back in that lamp again. And you can’t make me.”
Come on! I slapped my forehead. This was just how I wanted my day to end – girl drama. “Well, where am I going to sleep?”
Genie shrugged. “You’ll find a place. Now, go. A girl needs her space.”
9. Share an interesting tidbit about the writing process so far! (For example: Have you made any hilarious typos? Derailed from your outline? Killed off a character? Changed projects entirely? Anything you want to share!)
Um…I don’t honestly know. Let me think on this one. I think I changed Chessna’s character personality around a few times. Sadly, I don’t have hilarious situations I’ve been in. Writing, for the most part, runs smoothly for me. Oh wait! I know something. So, Chessna’s name at first was spelled with one “s,” but obviously when I continued writing her name, I forgot so it switched. And the same was true for the antagonist, Dolf, I started putting an “a” in it and when I worked on my second draft, I noticed in the beginning it was spelled with an “o”. Though, I’m keeping his with the “o”. Yep, that’s the best I have for you guys.
10. Take us on a tour of what a normal writing day for this novel looks like. Where do you write? What time of day? Alone or with others? Is a lot of coffee (or some other drink) consumed? Do you light candles? Play music? Get distracted by social media (*cough, cough*)? Tell all!
So, I try in the evenings like 5 o’clock to sit down and write, you know after school and stuff is taken care of. I normally sit at the table in our dining room. Alone, because that’s how I think the best. I sometimes turn on this Christian radio station near me or I’ll listen to playlists of Danny Gokey, Tenth Avenue North, and when I feel super adventurous TobyMac. But sometimes I forget until I’m too immersed to pause and turn it on. I always try to say a prayer to God asking him for inspiration before writing.
If I’m typing on a document online then sometimes I procrastinate to look at other blogs. Most likely, I’ve comment on some of you guys websites when I was in the middle of writing and chose to procrastinate. Oh and anytime I get a notification that someone has commented on my site, I’ll be like oh, I should moderate that and reply, I’ve already written a ton (like one sentence), I deserve a break. (So, like seriously, send a bunch of comments, so I’ll have a ton of reasons not to write. I’m serious, it’s the perfect distraction.) Oh, I also like to have a cup of sweet tea when I write, because it kind of relaxes me. And if we don’t have tea, I go for a cup of lemonade.
Thank you guys for reading today’s post. Please tell me in the comments what you think.
So, what music do you like to listen to when writing?
Are you doing NaNo (I’m not, before you ask)?
If so, how’s things going?
Let me know in the comments, I can’t wait to hear from all of you!!!!!!!!!!!!
I’ll catch you guys later. Keep Writing!