21/10/2014

Where I Accept I'm a Writer . . . Also: Beautiful Books {The Birdie Writes}


 

NaNoWriMo is approaching.

So I figure it's high-time I embrace my inner writer on this blog. And by inner writer, I of course mean inner crazy.

When I feel like it you'll get a little post where I flail about my novel and tell you how much coffee I've drunk while sat in Starbucks attempting to look writerly. While really just eating blueberry muffins and sobbing over my laptop. 

If you're also joining in the NaNo fun, buddy up with me! We can be awesome together.

Now, to kick off these writer-tastic posts, I'm jumping on one of Cait's trains and taking part in her new Beautiful Books linky. For those that don't know, this is a three-month long thing that's focusing on plotting, writing and editing. 

Each month there'll be questions that we're required to answer. Kind of like homework. But fun. Well, hopefully.

Let's do this . . .

  

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

This is hard because: both. Neither. Who knows? The story started out as something else with so many someone elses and then gradually morphed into a thing with the characters that currently live in it.

Maybe I could say one character came first, because I always knew the kind of person I wanted her to be. But, really, I'd be grasping at some straws.

With plot . . . I write and see where my words go. Sometimes I like that place and sometimes I don't. Eventually though, I always outline roughly what I want to achieve. But outlines are made to be broken. Or is that rules? I forget.


Do you have a title and / or a 'blurb'?

I have a title: Of Smoke and Vinegar. I like it because those two things are actually in my novel, so it seems relevant enough.

I also have a semi-blurb. And by semi, I mean a long sentence: In a world where possession has become an epidemic, and spirits drift through beaches in clouds of vinegary smoke, an enigmatic group set out on a quest for answers to the ghostly plague.

 

What word-count are you aiming for once your novel is finished?

I've already got 50K down, so around 100K, most likely. Probably, maybe. 

I'm not really aiming for anything in truth, because it'll be done when it's done and not before and hopefully not after.


Sum up your novel in three sentences.

Ghosts drift through beaches like wind. 
A lonesome girl befriends semi-lonesome people. 
Quests become quest-like. 


Sum up your characters in one word each. 

Isla – rueful
Colton – constant
Daigo – indignant
Celia – impregnable
Theo – surreptitious
Mallory – couleuvre 


Which character are you most excited to write about?

Daigo, because he's kind of a dick and I never get to be a dick because I'm far too busy baking cake or eating cake. Also: my villains. Because there are many and none and they are all so very self-motivated.


What about your villain? Who is he? What is his goal?
He? Psh. Humbug.


What is your protagonist's goal? What stands in the way? 
 
It's a quest for truth, justice and the American way. Except, I'm kidding. And also it's not set in America.

The truth part is right though. But they all want to know very different truths and they don't like letting each other in on what their individual truths are. 

They're a dubious bunch.


What incident beings your protagonist's journey?

Isla briefly adopts the role of damsel and is forcibly saved by a ragtag trio. Not that she isn't grateful or anything, just, you know she could've taken care of it

Anyway, gratitude leads to a slight thawing of her heart and then the trio's thirst for answers leads them to her doorstep. Et voilĂ : friendly neighbourhood explorers unite.

 


  
Where is your novel set?

Cornwall, England. More specifically, a place called St Levan, which is home to both nudity and history. It's a good balance I find essential in life. Oh, and it's 2019. Which is kind of the future, but not. In that it's not far enough into the future to be futuristic.


What three big scenes change the game completely?

The group become a group. 
The group infiltrate a group. 
The group dismantle a group.

Words are so obviously my speciality. 


 
What is the most dynamic relationship your character has? Who do they become close to?

This is assuming I have one character that matters most and, really, what fun would that be? Many characters interacting with many people with no interaction being at all unimportant or coincidental.

I do have an abundance of bromance, though. And scattered droplets of romance.



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

It's a duology with many characters and many changes, but if we're talking about the first book and Isla, specifically, then she changes by learning the meaning of acceptance. In herself, that is. But possibly not in others, because trust is fragile once shattered and clings to the need not to break again.
 



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

There is an ending to book one. But book two is a distant thing. Ideas pop in and out of my brain as they please and I like not setting too much of a rigid structure. The ideas will lead me where there may and hopefully those places will be full of sunshine. For me, that is. Not for my characters, because they must suffer.


Book one will end with a major death, a major reveal, and a major book hangover.


What are your hopes and dreams for your book? What impressions are you hoping it will leave on your readers? 

I hope it will be published. 
I dream it'll worth the struggle. 
I want its impression to be somewhat impressing.
 




So that's a little snippet into the my novel!
Are you preparing to go insane taking part in NaNo this year? Intrigued to hear more about my book, or wishing I'd just shut up already?



 

Allie is a Pimm's-obsessed reader, who dreams of road tripping over America, learning to surf & becoming fluent in all the languages of her heritage (which, sadly, does not include Elvish). If she's not reading or blogging, you can find her catching up on Teen Wolf, or reigning supreme with Scrabble/Mario Kart.
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44 comments:

  1. AH HAAAA! I KNOW NOW ALL ABOUT YOUR BOOK AND THIS MAKES ME GLAD. We are totally going to break NaNo together with our awesome. I like your title. I like it a lot. I would read this book if it were in my hands (probably I would steal it out of someone else's hands and read it too, because sometimes my Slytherin slithers out and I be mean). And you like need an award for your gifing skills. YOU JUST DO.
    HI FIVE FOR GHOST STORIES!!!!!!! WE RULE!

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    1. Ahhhh it's not as good as yours because PAPER CUT. It makes me LOL every time, you little creative genius!

      Wait . . . you're a Slytherin too? HIGH FIVE FOR THAT AS WELL AS GHOST STORIES. Those Gryffindors won't know what hit them when we take over NaNo!

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  2. ooh looking awesome! I want to do NaNo, but alas, I don't have time to do it this year. Good luck and have fun, girl! <33

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    1. I never seem to have the time, but this year I'm making it a point. Schedule be damned LOL.

      <3 Thank you!

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  3. Oh Allie I had no idea you were writing, that is so exciting and I can't wait to hear how you do at Nanowrimo! It sounds like you have heaps planned out, I love the sound of the near future setting and the characters sound totally charming. Loving it all so far! <3

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    1. Indeed, I am! I have a plan . . . of sorts . . . it's more a plan of a plan. But it all makes sense in my head :P

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  4. OMG BROMANCE. YES. THIS SOUNDS GOOD. SO GOOD. I want to know more, Allie. You know I'm bad with little tidbits of information.

    So this Daigo sounds right up my street. I like characters with their fair share of dickiness (is that a word? I don't think so...) And villains. I like villains, I like ghosts and I very much like this. HAVE FUN! I'm super excited for you ^_^

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    1. Bromances are my favourite thing so I had to write about one! I wanted to reveal more but I like to keep the mystery just in case it ever does get published because YOU NEVER KNOW.

      Haha dickiness is now a word. It's official because I say so!

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  5. "Quests become quest-like."
    Perhaps despite of or because of these delightfully vague sentences, I am intrigued. And because you are planning to kill your characters, yesssss. I'm evil and like a good death in my books. I immediately was thinking about what a death in your series could do for book two. I Want to read it! Also, I added you as a buddy. I really should have done that in my post. I will have to fix that!

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    1. I must kill eveeeeeryone. Well, okay, not everyone. But someone, because REASONS. Books with no death are no fun, I've always said ;)

      (YES BUDDY. Let's do this!)

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  6. I had no idea you wrote! That is awesome. Good luck with it!!

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    1. Thank you!! I'm really excited to finally finish this novel because it's been killing me for so long!

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  7. I've added you as a buddy! The title and plot sounds intriguing!

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    1. Ohhh, yay! Can't wait to inspire each other and get cracking. November can't come soon enough!

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  8. Ooh! You're currently reading Anna Dressed in Blood? I just finished that one not long ago (it had been on the list FOREVER) and I LOVED it. Can't wait to read the next one.

    I'm doing NaNo too...although I swore years ago I was never going to do it again. Ah, deadlines. Anyhow, I love your concept. Very cool. (And I want to read your book from it!) Way to go!

    Unleashing the Dreamworld

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    1. Yes, and I'm LOVING it. It reminds me so much of Supernatural – it's awesome.

      Ohh, this is my first time doing NaNo, so I'm yet to experience the craziness!

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  9. You have a way with words, oh great one. The three big scenes question was my favorite, I NEED TO KNOW MORE! This is the first I've heard of NaNo actually but it sounds like fun. I wouldn't take part in it though seeing as if I wrote anything the words awesome would be used to describe anything and everything hehe. Very intriguing concept for your book though, Allie! Is that the cover by the way because I LIKE. And yessss to groups of characters and bromance!! Suffering, major death, reveal and cliffy? *strokes imaginary mustache* I'm starting to see you've got an evil edge to you.

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    1. LOL. Ahh, shucks <33
      I have to try and tone down my useage of 'awesome' as if given free reign it'd be in every sentence I wrote :P
      Not really a cover, just a random little thing I did. I suck at photo but I felt like I needed SOMETHING to put on NaNo.
      YES ALL MY EDGES ARE EVIL. I have no nice edges. Mine are pointy and sinister and designed to impale the feels of readers

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  10. (I previously commented this, but deleted because I had more to say. :P)

    Duuuude. DUDE! I found my new favorite blog. ;) Your blog design? *faints* Actually, scratch that, I love everything about it.

    Your comment on my Beautiful Books post made my day! Thank you so much!

    Your novel sounds AMAZING, seriously. I completely relate to plots turning into things you don't recognize, and not being sure whether characters or plot came first. That's totally me.

    And I just have to say, I love your character names. I'm seriously in admiration/slight-envy here. Your plots sounds so fleshed out. I'm in awe. (Despite the tiny vague sentences. They only make me want this book MORE. Also, your gif usage is amazing.)

    I'll have to add you on the NaNo site! My username is ScarlettGamgee. (Ah, the perks of making your username five years ago...)

    I hope you have a fabulous day! Like I said (which I shall reiterate because I'm too enthusiastic) love, love, LOVE your blog!

    -Sky

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    1. AHHH THANK YOU! The design's actually pretty new, so I'm still in the 'stroking it and drooling' stage.

      The character names, I wanted things unusual but not TOO whacky. It's not high-fantasy, but I certainly hope it's fantastic enough to have unique names. I'm just not a 'Jane' and 'Bob' type of person, I guess :P

      HAHA my vagueness is only because I'm hoping this will genuinely be published one day and the plot is so twisty, I don't want to give things away. I apologise for being so obtuse ;)

      Totally buddied with you on NaNo. LET'S DO THIS THANG. Can't wait to fangirl with you more over our novels and go crazy with the NaNo madness!!

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  11. Oh I love this post! I am going to have to work through this! I cannot wait to get started - October always seems to be a waiting period for November!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

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    1. That's exactly how I'm feeling. Why can't it be November already??? Saying that, when November comes the pressure will probably make me wish it was October again :P

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  12. Um, this sounds AMAZING. I am so impressed, and I kind of wish you were finished and it was published, because I would most definitely read it!

    As for NaNo... I want to. But I tend to get irrationally competitive with myself. The thing is, I don't actually have time to write 50K words in a month. I just don't. But, I could make progress. Or would I just drive myself insane? (Now I have basically just talked myself in and out of it 10 times on your comments section!) And I have these three... quasi-ideas. With a few characters. And a few plot points. And like, a handful of paragraphs. Basically my point is, I have nothing ;) But we shall see. I created an account, so progress?

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    1. AHH <3 you are the sweetest. I want to bake you some form of cake for that.

      Yeah, the timing thing . . . work is normally slow around November, so I'm hoping I can be cheeky and do a bit of writing when the day is dragging on. SUCH A REBEL, I KNOW. But creativity waits for no one!

      You should give it a go. even if you don't do 50k, ANYTHING is better than nothing. Even 10k. It's all progress!

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  13. But most importantly, when can I read it!
    It sounds AMAAAAZING! You had me at bromance and scattered droplets of romance. YES! I'm sick of YA focusing on these horrid and totally pedestrian teen drama romances, especially when there's a killer on the prowl, lets pash on. Fighting a revolution? Now's the perfect time to admit by love after 24 hours together. Blergh. Hooray for droplet romances!

    I'd copywrite that. All the kids will want to claim that one.

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    1. Droplet Romances © Allie @ Little Birdie 2014. DONE. CAN'T TOUCH THIS *nananana*

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  14. A non-male villain! A bunch of misfits coming together! FRIENDSHIP (IS MAGIC)!

    I'm sold! Also, the cover looks stunning (though the font looks a bit out of place).

    - Nana

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    1. Yeah, I'm all for girl power in this book. We need a villainous women who's not just used as an excuse to slut-shame someone. We need a truly devious character and I'm hoping I've created that!

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  15. This sounds really interesting, and I like your little "book cover." It's very mesmerizing in a way, even though it's super simple. haha I need to get back into the routine of writing. I have various ideas that i really want to work on!

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    1. I'm not at all artistic, but I needed SOMETHING for the NaNo cover, so that was my sad attempt. I should really get someone to design something ultra creepy and awesome for me!

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  16. Smoke and Vinegar? That's awesome, Allie. I love your mock-up cover, and I hope you enjoy NaNo!

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    1. Thank you! I do quite like my title :) non-bookish people seem to think it's weird though. BUT YOU FOLKS UNDERSTAND!

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  17. AHHH! That's so cool you're a writer Allie! <3 And it's so cool that you're participating in NaNo; I'm not much of a writer myself but I've heard it's an awesome platform for writers. Your story sounds absolutely fabulous, and I can't wait to hear more about it! <3

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    1. It sounds awesome; this is my first time doing it though. I think it's going to give em the kick up the butt I so desperately need. Because, seriously, this book needs to be finished already. It's slowly eating my soul

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  18. Good luck with NaNo! I hope you meet your target. I am totally intrigued and now really need this book to be published so I can read it. So... make that happen, okay ;)

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    1. I will, I will!!!! Well, hopefully. I've spent far too many years on this, so it needs to come to fruition SOON. Or I may go insane

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  19. Sounds deliciously creepy with the idea of possession and that is certainly something I haven't read enough about

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    1. Thank you! I'm hoping it'll be uniquely eerie enough to draw people in. There aren't many YA stories that deal with ghosts in this way (I don't think)!

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  20. I have always wanted to try out NaNoWriMo, but I never got the right chance to.I hope I can go for it next year.
    Your story sounds interesting! I love your characters' names, especially Isla.
    Good luck, Allie.

    Mishma @ As the page turns

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    1. Thank you, I'm hoping the names of my other characters aren't too 'out there'. I want the right balance between weird and wonderful.

      You should try NaNo this year :) it doesn't start until November and the support system looks great!

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  21. Loved the article and now I'm thinking I'll have to do something similar with my own blog. I always seem to ramble when trying to concretely explain my process, whereas, this was fun to read lol Your story sounds interesting, and I can't wait to see more about it in the future. I can't believe NaNo (the insanity) is about to begin. Good luck to ya!

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    1. NaNo cannot come soon enough! I think it's going to be beyond insane; I have a feeling twitter will explode with it haha

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  22. Good luck for your NaNo! Can I just say, we have the same (and similar!) protagonist names it's scary...

    My female character's name is Isla, and I have a male protagonist named Colter.
    I've had them for years now, so long that when "Isla and the Happily Ever After" came out, I was a little disheartened because I worried people would think I stole the name.

    It would be awesome to read about your Isla ;)

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    1. Ohhh, really? LOL. That's actually so weird :P

      There are a lot of similar names in YA books, so I'm never worried :) I can't count the amount of times I've read about an 'Olivia' or a 'Ember'

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