Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Beautiful Books #2 // How I write!

Beautiful Books is a spin-off of Beautiful People. It is a monthly meme for writers to talk about their characters and, in this case, books. It is hosted as always by Cait @ Paper Fury and Sky @ Further Up Further In.

Fun Fact: I've already made three four typos this post. And the NaNo-isms continue. (In early December I'm planning on making a masterpost of all my favorite NaNo-isms [aka: hilarious typos] I've made in my book this month. It will be glorious.)

HERE ARE THE QUESTIONS. (Plus my answers.)

  1. Is the book turning out how you thought it would be, or is it defying your expectations?It is a bit of both at the moment. For one thing, I'm 56k words in as of right now, and they still haven't started on their quest. Author fail. I got too caught up in the workings of the Dragon slayer academy, and forgot that there was such a thing as plot. Other than that, though, it's going fine.
  2. What’s your first sentence (or paragraph)?*clears throat importantly*
    It was pleasantly miserable, thought the lady cloaked in gray.
  3. Are you a plotter or a pantser? Have you ever tried both methods and how did it turn out?I've always considered myself a pantser, but I'm thinking I'm probably more of a planner. I haven't tried thoroughly (isn't that a fun word to spell?) plotting a novel yet, but maybe next year? I feel like it would help me stay on track.
  4. What do you reward yourself with after meeting a goal?I go to sleep.
  5. What do you look for in a name? Do you have themes and where do you find your names?Wherefore art thou Romeo?I like to find my names based off meanings, sometimes. My protagonist for my Camp NaNo novel in July was named "Corvina", which means crow. Was she a crow shifter? You betcha.
    For historical fiction names, I like to use Time.com's baby name popularity thing. Bascically, it lets you see what your name would be if you were born in the 1920's or any decade from now (2010s) to the 1890s. IT IS PRETTY MUCH THE BEST.
  6. What is your favourite to write: beginning, middle, or end — and why?The ending gives me such a sense of satisfaction. I like to write the ending the most.
  7. Who’s your current favourite character in your novel?PUPIL ONE. She is so innocent and fun, and thinks a lot. And she has such a love for her brother. Her voice comes so easily to me.
  8. What kind of things have you researched for this project, and how do you go about researching? (What’s the weirdest thing you’ve researched?!)Nothing for this project. #rebellious
    But for my first-ever NaNoWriMo in July 2013, I had to search the following:
    * How to break into a house through the window
    * How to kill someone with a shovel
    * Good places to bury a body
    Which is especially hilarious because everyone knows I would never even hurt a fly. But when writing a murder mystery, it is a different story.
  9. Do you write better alone or with others? Do you share your work or prefer to keep it to yourself?I definitely write better alone (unless it's word wars in which case I shall write furiously with all the people). I need complete silence when I write, I can't even listen to music or anything. I have tried sharing my writing, but I generally prefer keeping it to myself.
  10. 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 don't listen to music, but I actually work better when it's raining? Weird, I know. It just gets me in the cozy mood which I guess I associate with late night writing. I love munching on candy when I write which maybe isn't the best thing ever for me but pfft who needs healthy during NaNoWriMo? (Me, probably.)
    I tend to write best at night, or I used to. Now, I think I work best in the afternoons. And the time of year I work best (I know, weird) is definitely Autumn and Winter, and now just because of NaNoWriMo.
    Voila! My writing space! It's a bit cluttered, so please excuse that, but this is where I work on my books.
This is my writing "routine", if you will? Link to your post down below if you would like, I'm always interested in seeing what others have to say!



  1. AHHH this was so great! I'm dying with laughter (fear?!) over your last year's research. xD That is just fabulous. *ahem* And omg my writing space is always a mess too. I write on my bed and currently my floor is covered with origami paper from my many origami projects and...it's a nightmare. BUT WRITING. <3 It takes one's attention. heeh. Omg and congrats on 56K!!! That is amazing!!
    Thanks for joining in our linkup!! :D

    1. I have a feeling you should probably be very scared, hehe. Yes, everything is always so cluttered! Ach! Thank you!! Thanks for hosting the link up!

  2. Writing in the rain is awesome. Do you ever use rainymood.com?

    1. Writing in the rain is the best. I've actually never heard of rainymood.com but now I'm curious! Will have to look that up! Thanks for commenting ^-^


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