Beautiful Books #2: How’s The Writing Going?

Beautiful Books is hosted by Notebook Sisters.

1. Be honest: how is your writing going?

Ugh, I haven’t written in a while. School and life got in the way, but honestly, so did this blog. I love blogging so much, I’ve been neglecting my novel…

2. What’s your first sentence/paragraph?

Since I write in Dutch, I’ll roughly translate it for you guys:

Everyone knows the story of Lucifer who was banned from Heaven. After his failed attempt at changing earth into a hell for humanity, he was locked up in a dimension far away, where he couldn’t hurt humanity anymore. His servants, the fallen angels, stayed behind and were out for revenge. They swore that the devil would return one day and complete his unfinished mission. 

3. Do you have a book cover, and/or pictures that reflect your book?

I’ve collected a few pictures on Pinterest, though not many. I’m going to share these two with you guys:

Ashelle and Rose when they were little.

I think this perfectly describes Ashelle.

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

Not really, so here are some short descriptions:

Rose: Dark brown up to her shoulders, bangs and often in a ponytail; you never know when you need to fight a demon. She has blue/green eyes and is hardly ever seen in a skirt or dress. Again, you never know when you need to fight. Rose likes to be prepared and thus weares clothes that are easy to move in: comfortable jeans, T-shirt, tank top or sweater (depends on the weather of course) and All Stars.

Damien: Short black hair like Logan Lerman as Percy Jackson. I’m sorry, I’m terrible at describing hair, especially when it comes to males. This is the best I can do, haha. His eyes are blue with a litle bit of gray.

Ashelle: Long, curly light brown hair. She has blue eyes and likes to dress colourful.

Egbert: Thin, light brown hair. He’s starting to become bald (which he doesn’t like). He has hazel eyes and wears round glasses. He is almost never seen in anything else than something like a suit. You know something is terribly wrong when he’s wearing a T-shirt and jeans or even worse: sweatpants. If Egbert is wearing sweatpants, you better be prepared for some mad apocalypse or something.

Elicia: Short and white blonde. A bob. Her eyes are a mix of blue, green and gray. She dresses casually. Most of her clothes are from the H&M.

Nick: He’s bald and often wears band shirts (like The Beatles). Unlike most teachers he carries with him a backpack instead of a briefcase.

5. What scene are you most excited to write?

So many! I’m really excited to introduce Elicia right now, though.

6. Share a snippet or a scene that you really enjoyed writing.

Again, I’ll have to roughly translate this:

”We were just like that cartoon. That cat and dog that are glued together. Inseperable.”
At that moment Egbert himself got home, who heard that last sentence.
”In your dreams.” he mumbled. Joe however heard this.
”Oh Eggy! How do you know that I dream of you every night?” Joe stood up and made some wilde gestures, like he was in a Shakespearean play. ”How embarrassing!” 
Egbert ignored him and asked if Rose had already eaten.
”My great love ignores me!” Joe dropped dramatically to the ground. This was once again the last straw for Egbert and he kicked Joe out of the house. 

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?

Yep, yep, yep. Especially during the first draft. After that I started to really plan stuff, think up backgrounds etc. so now a lot of it has changed since then.

8. Is there a character or aspect of your plot that’s difficult to write?

Scenes that are meant to be cute and fluffy. You know, slightly romantic scenes. I don’t know why; I can imagine them in my head perfectly, but writing them down is difficult.

9. What’s your favorite aspect of this novel so far? Favorite character?

The relationships between the characters and all the character development I’m planning. My favourite characters to write are Joe and Elicia (even though she hasn’t appeared in the second draft yet).

10. Have you drawn off of any life experiences or people you know to create your novel and your characters?

Ashelle and Elicia are geminis, so I’ve drawn inspiration from myself, my grandfather, my cousin and my ‘brother’ (not my real brother, but we’re that close). I think you unconsciously draw inspiration from real life experience and people you know for every character you create, though.

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

I do! I have a playlist for the entire series. As I can’t share the entire playlist with you guys, I’ll share one song that works with the first book:

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?

Ashelle and Elicia. They’re the most like me and I think we would get along brilliantly. And Mick of course, since he’s a huge bookworm and his father owns a bookstore. No, I wouldn’t use him to get discount! Of course not. What kind of horrible person do you think I am?

13. How do you keep yourself motivated to finish your daily wordcount? (Pinterest? Internet breaks? Chocolate?)

I don’t have a daily wordcount? Ah right, NaNoWriMo! Few! For a moment there I was embarrassed that I don’t have a daily wordcount. Whenver I write I just try to write as much as I can. I don’t want writing to become a chore.

14. What your favourite writing quote or piece of writing advice?

I have a few inspiring quotes on my corkboard:

‘Why worry? If you’ve done the very best you can, worrying won’t make it any better.’ – Walt Disney

‘Don’t give up. Nobody can write your book except you.’ – source unknown.

‘Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.’ – Ben Franklin

15. How does this book make you feel so far? Are you laughing? Crying? Frustrated?

Is it lame that I sometimes laugh at my own jokes? Yes? Too bad.

I’ve been working on this book since I was 12/13, so I have a lot of feelings about it. I’m more frustrated with myself for not working on it than I am with the book itself though.

– The Writing Hufflepuff

Beautiful Books #1: Let’s Talk Books

I said this blog was going to be more about writing, and then I found out about Beautiful People (the version I’m doing today is actually for NaNoWriMo, but it’s not necessary to participate in NaNo to participate in this), hosted by Notebook Sisters. Every month they’ll post a list with 10 questions to answer about your characters. I don’t know if I’ll participate every month, but for now I need to catch up! I liked to start with this one, so that you guys get to know a little about my current book I’m working on.

The Questions

1. What came first: characters or plot idea? Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Plot definitely came first. Not just this time, it always does.

I have to be honest with you guys, I looked up what a pantser is. I assumed it meant the opposite of plotter, but I just wanted to make sure! I used to be a pantser, but I’m now more of a plotter I think. I don’t plot everything and sometimes things do not go the way I planned, but I do plot the general story line spread over the chapters. I have a list of what has to happen in every chapter and when I’m stuck I write a little summary of what I want to happen.

2. Do you have a title and/or a “back-cover-blurb”?

The Chosen Ones: The Army of Quermo.

3. What wordcount are you aiming for when your novel is finished?

My first draft has over 52.000 words, so I’m aiming for something like that. Quality over quanitity though.

4. Sum up your novel in 3 sentences.

Oh this is harder than I thought.

Rose and Damien face their first real fight as the Chosen Ones. New people show up in Hellburgh carrying their own secrets. Meanwhile Rose is desperately trying to make sure that her best friend Ashelle stays out of the Chosen Ones business.

5. Sum up your characters in one word each.

Rose: Afraid
Damien: Calm
Ashelle: Fangirl
Egbert: Father
Joe: Annoying
Elicia: Enthusiastic
Nicholas: Wise

6. Which character are you most excited to write? Tell us about them!

Right now Elicia hasn’t appeared yet, and I know I’ll love writing her even more in the second draft!

7. What about your villain? Who is he, what is his goal?

The series villain is the devil, who’s trying to get back on earth, but this book’s villain is the demon Atelic, who is raising an army and planning on releasing the devil from his prison.

8. What is your protagonist’s goal? And what stands in the way?

Stopping Atelic and his army from raising the devil and killing people. Well you know, the army of maybe a thousand or more demons could be a problem.

9. What inciting incident begins your protagonist’s journey?

There’s a break-in at her godfather’s office; a book about the Chosen Ones is stolen. It is clear to everyone that some demon is out to get the Chosen Ones.

10. Where is your novel set?

In the fictional town Hellburgh in the Netherlands.

11. What are three big scenes in your novel that change the game completely?

I’m not sure how to answer this one?

12. What is the most dynamic relationship your character has? Who else do they come in contact with or become close to during the story?

Rose is closest to Egbert, Damien and Ashelle. She also becomes close with Elicia.

13. How does your protagonist change by the end of the novel?

She becomes more confident and less afraid.

14. Do you have an ending in mind, or do you plan to see what happens?

Yep, I do. The same ending as the first draft, though with some changes here and there. The general idea will be the same though.

15. What are your hopes and dreams for your book? 

Well, I hope it get’s published and that people will read and like it!

This was a lot of fun! I can’t wait to do the others :)

– The Writing Hufflepuff