Sunday, November 9, 2014

Beautiful Books #2

1. Be honest: how is your writing going?
I started out really excited. Half way through the book the excitement wore back, but the last few days it has returned full force.

2. What’s your first sentence/paragraph?
First days. There is something about them. A sort of ambiguous eerie feeling, and the knowledge that this day holds an important place in your future life.

Good and evil. Both are at work. Each have a hold on first days, but it isn't until the last day when you find out who won.

Taylor Ibori had thoughts similar to these running through his head. But he was pretty certain that only good was at work on this first day.

It was the beginning of a real life.

3. Do you have a book cover, and/or pictures that reflect your book?
No, but I want a very science/modern cover.

4. Do you have pictures of each of your characters? If not, describe them for us! (Be as descriptive as you can.)

I got pinterest yesterday hoping to find pictures of Taylor at least, but I couldn't figure it out.
So here goes.

Taylor Ibori: African American, age 26, head full of thick curly hair, considerably tall, smart, loves books. He seeks how to find fulfilment in his perfect world.

Mashaki Payne: African American, 5'2", shoulder length curly hair, good with kids, can be very mischievous and goofy - which cam freak out Taylor. Not keen on discussions that mean painful change.

Brian : blond hair and freckles. Loves attention.

Hedley Kieffner: Light red hair - almost brown. Almost as tall as Taylor. He admires Taylor, and wants to help out with a good cause without going to the "frontlines" or doing sickening jobs ( like hospital work.).

There are several other characters, most of which are white men. There is only one other white girl, but she wont get a name ( unnamed characters are fun :b )

5. What scene are you most excited to write?
So far I've got most of it done, so in the rewrite I'm looking forward to introducing Hedley.

6. Share a snippet or a scene that you really enjoyed writing.
She turned away. Tonight my answer is no, but...
Then Goodbye.
Taylor turned away.
Taylor, wait!

But he kept on. She had refused him. He wouldn't humiliate himself further with her.

She ran up behind him and grabbed his sleeve. Can't we still be friends? I only need time.

He shook his head. I don't have time.

She let go of him. If it was possible for her dark features to go white, they did. From shock at the realization of what she'd done.

Taylor gave her one last look and walked out of town, running once reaching the field.

7. Now that you're writing, have any of the plot details, or the process itself, turned out different from what you planned or imagined?
Absolutely. I started out with two details, thwn added in Taylor. Mashaki came soon after, Hedley being added until the story was almost done. Brian just popped in, as have the ideas for the planets, and all that. It just grew from utter ridiculous to interestingly good.

8. Is there a character or aspect of your plot that's difficult to write?
Captain Vase. He's mysterious to even I...who's trying to make him that way.

9. What’s your favorite aspect of this novel so far? Favorite character?
The planet system. And Mashaki. She's just so fun.

10. Have you drawn off of any life experiences or people you know to create your novel and characters?
No. The only character similar to me would be the girl with no name. But she is NOT me.

11. Do you have a playlist or certain song for your novel and/or characters?

12. Let’s have some fun for a moment: imagine you are somehow transported into your book’s world. Which character are you most likely to be found hanging out with?
Mashaki :b and Taylor. Professor Sheppard would be really fun, too, since he's so smart.

13. How do you keep yourself motivated to finish your daily wordcount? (Pinterest?Internet breaks? Chocolate?
Go Teen Writers 100 for 100 has kept me motivated on this, to keep going, and writing :)

14. What’s your favorite writing quote or piece of writing advice?
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15. How does this book make you feel so far? Are you laughing? Crying?Frustrated?
So far, relief. And wonder at how it us going so well. I'm just pleased with the first draft...though I still have lots of work ahead of me!!!

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