After months of having no motivation to put words on a page, I’m back!
One Camp NaNo has just ended, and another one is about to begin, and I won’t participate in either this year, so I’m taking the blog posts of this month to talk about my current WIP. I found a daily Instagram challenge by @vesselofink, but as I don’t have a dedicated book Instagram account and don’t want to do short blog posts every day, I’m going to try a weekly post and answer a bunch of the questions at once.
Check out the challenge:
This is the second blog of the series, so you can check out the first one here.
11. What is your MC’s fondest memory?
I think I included it as a quote in my last post, but I’ll share it again here. Oliver has had a life that is filled with darkness, and this is one memory I put in to give him some light.
12. Songs that remind you of your WIP and/or characters.
I used to make writing playlists that would inspire or motivate me to write specific scenes, but recently I’ve changed to make playlists that I imagine would be the track list of the movie version of the book. There’s one song for one chapter. Some are there because the sound reflects how the scene is mood wise, and some have lyrics that reflect the plot and dialogue.
13. Do you enjoy torturing your characters?
Physically? No. Emotionally? Yes. For me as a writer, one of the most important things is connecting with the reader and making them have an emotional response to the characters, especially as I believe characters are the most important part of a book. If I can hurt a character, it can hurt a reader, and that connection is made.
14. What is your MC the most afraid of?
He is afraid of heights, and this is actually I scene I have written in the story as part of his backstory. He watched someone he cared suffer in an accident involving a high place.
15. Halfway through the month! Where are you with the goals you set in the beginning? Any new ones?
By the end of the month, I was hoping that the word count increased, whether it was by few dozen or a few thousand words. As of right now, it has increased by zero. As I’m about to do my final A Level exams, I have a feeling that it is going to stay zero until the summer.
16. Secret talents of some of your characters?
This is something I’ve never really thought about, and I don’t want to make up something on the spot now just for the sake of answering a question. My story is still an early first draft so I don’t think I’ve given an opportunity for a character to reveal a secret talent yet.
17. If your book had the opportunity to be turned into a media, would you take it? Who would be casted as who?
I would take it. I would hope that it would be turned into a media in a way that is an accurate representation of the original story, but it some ways I think I would just be grateful for the opportunity, no matter how good or bad it is. On my Pinterest board, I have Froy Gutierrez as Oliver and Matthew Clavane as August, and I think they’re still close to how I picture the characters.
19. How did your characters find out the tooth fairy didn’t exist?
Oliver has always known from the start that the tooth fairy doesn’t exist. Due to his upbringing, him and his older sister have also known that Santa doesn’t exist. But, his has a few younger siblings, and he’ll wait until they’re asleep and be the tooth fairy for them.
20. Which character of yours has the best name?
I’m awful at naming characters. Ansel and Gracie are named after Hansel and Gretel as the book has some similarities to that story. August was because I like month/day names, but he might be changed because of how there are suddenly loads of YA characters called August. Oliver is just… Oliver. I don’t know why I picked it.
Now a question for you! Do you make writing playlists? What are some songs that remind you of your characters?