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Week Three #MyWIPMay2019

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 third blog of the series, so you can check out the first one here, and the second one here.

Let’s begin!


21. Who is your least favourite OC?

Ansel. Not because he’s an unlikable person, but because that’s the only trait I’ve given him. He’s so underdeveloped that he’s basically just a cardboard cutout of the word ‘asshole’ and I’m still not sure what to do with him.


22. Teaser! Post a snippet of your WIP.


23. What are some representations your WIP has? (LGBT, disabilities, POC< etc)

There are two LGBT protagonists, one of which is a POC. There are other POC named characters, although they are not main characters or have a huge amount of time on the page.


24. Is your WIP a standalone or part of a series?

At the moment, I plan for it to be a standalone. I’ve had ideas for a sequel, but I don’t want to write something for the sake of writing it that could take away from the original book.


25. Which character goes through the biggest change throughout the story?

I think Oliver. As I choose to write with a first person narrative, his story is told the most, and his viewpoint of the story as a whole is most of what we see. As he gets most of the ‘screen time’, he’s also had the most care and thought and development put into him, creating a full character arc and subplots. That boy truly goes through a lot, mentally, emotionally, and physically.


26. Who knows about your WIP or interest in writing? Do they help you and/or support you?

My parents know that I’m writing something, and they know that the title is ‘Paper Forests’ although I don’t think they remember. I have a group of friends who know that I’m writing and know some vague details about the plot, but the only friends who have seen words on the page are my Movellas friends.


28. What’s the very last three lines you wrote in your story? What’s the context?

“While your children and grandchildren are away, I like to think that they’re visiting a fantastic place, somewhere where they aren’t restrained by an illness or held back by their own emotions. I like to believe that they’re in a place called the Paper Forest, where there is nothing but health and happiness to greet them.”

These are also the final lines as the first chapter as I wanted the first and final chapter to be the same (with a few small differences) for symbolic reasons.


29. Are any characters based off people you know in real life through looks, personalitiy, or habits?

My characters personalities are based off real people I know, but specific traits rather than the entire personality for subtlety. Their appearances are also based off real people, although rarely people that I know. I have a rough idea of what they look like and just scroll through Pinterest for hours to find someone who looks how I imagine them.


31. What’s your word count? Did you reach your goal? Are you proud of yourself?

My word count goal was to just write something as I’ve been suffering from writers block for months now. And I did write something! It was only around five hundred words, but it was something, and that’s all I wanted.


Now a question for you! Did you reach your word count goal this month? Are you proud of yourself?



On a cold Autumn evening back in 2008, seven-year-old Tegan Anderson began to write their first short stories, finding a more creative way to learn their spellings. Many years and many more short stories later, they haven't stopped for anything. Now, they're writing more than they ever believed possible. Tegan may write the worlds they would prefer to exist in but currently lives in Devon with their overflowing bookshelves and expanding imagination.

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