There’s a lot of things I have a hard time with in writing (see: everything having to do with writing), but starting often poses a big challenge. I always put a lot of pressure on myself to create a memorable first impression, whether it’s the beginning of a scene, the first lines of a book, or introducing a brand-new character to the story.
The moment you introduce your main character(s) to your reader can make or break your story. No pressure, right?
I don’t have any advice to share today, but I was thinking about some of the character introductions I’ve written, why I chose to introduce them that way, and I thought it would be fun to share some from one of my works in progress, Project Quest. Bear in mind that these are still drafts, so it’s probably not my best work… but hey, we all have to start somewhere.
To make a long story short, I was on a student leadership retreat last weekend fighting mosquitos, so I didn’t have a chance to write a blog post as usual. Instead, I’m participating in the Language of Worlds linkup, hosted by Liv K. Fisher.
If you’re unfamiliar with the linkup (since I’ve only done it once before), Liv posts 10 questions every two months for bloggers to answer about their writing projects, characters, or writing life in general. It’s a lot of fun, and I’m excited to participate again and talk about my fantasy work in progress, codenamed “Quest.”
It’s every college student’s favorite time of the semester, and by favorite I mean that we have a week and a half of classes left before exams and it seems like everything is due all at once.
Anyway, in between working on research papers and rewriting the end of Jane Eyre, I’ve spent the past month starting the rewrite of my fantasy project. The working title for this project is Quest, though I have been playing with some more official ones… but I’ll save them for another day.
I set my goal to write 25,000 words by the end of April, or about 850 words a day, give or take. I knew that wouldn’t complete my story by any stretch, but I wanted to hit the ground running and get off to a good start before life got too busy. Fortunately, I did reach my goal on April 26, which has given me some breathing room to complete my other responsibilities.
Anyway, as part of my big writing push this month, I’ve been sharing my favorite lines on Twitter every day. I did it as a way of motivating me, because sometimes when you write a lot in a short period of time, you get frustrated with the quality of your work. And yes, I know that a lot of what I write will be cut and revised and altered in the future, but I wanted to appreciate the parts that I do like, as a reminder that there is still some good that comes out of this first draft (other than it being written, of course).
So as April is coming to a close, I thought I’d celebrate what I accomplished this month and share a few of those favorite lines here. Most of them don’t have context, but hey, that’s part of the fun!
I’ve got Camp NaNoWriMo on the brain lately, so I’ve decided to do something fun today to share the project I’ll be working on starting next month.
As you may recall, I participated in NaNoWriMo for the first time in November 2017 with a fantasy project I called “Quest,” mostly because it was inspired by other fantasy quest narratives I enjoy, like The Legend of Zelda series. Even though I completed that 50,000 word draft (and learned a lot from it), I’ve since decided to scrap it and start again from the beginning. Not the beginning beginning – I’ll be keeping the same world, characters, and much of the same ideas, but I’m reworking the plot and making it a better story.
One of my less-explicitly-stated goals for 2019 is to complete a draft of what I hope will be the first book in a series. Since November will probably be a crazy time for me – it’ll be my senior year, after all – I plan to use Camp NaNoWriMo in April and July as my intense writing sessions, but also allow myself to write in between.
All that to say, I recently rediscovered an older blog post of mine called “The Six Question Character Challenge,” where I shared a bit about the three main characters of my “Summertime” project. Since Camp NaNoWriMo is just around the corner, I thought I’d do it again with the three main characters from Quest! I’ve written posts about them in the past, so I’ll link those as well in the post.
Anyways, I do talk about my projects every so often, but it’s usually limited to a specific character or incident. So, sort of in the spirit of NaNoWriMo, I decided to share some “fun facts” about my three writing projects. If you’re not familiar with these stories, don’t worry – I’ll link to their “About” pages below.
Without further ado, here’s some trivia you can impress your friends with when I’m rich and famous*
*let’s be honest, that doesn’t usually happen – but hey, I can dream.
Those who have been following my blog for a few months probably remember the Beautiful People linkups I participated in a few times last year. For those unfamiliar with it, Beautiful People is a linkup hosted by Paper Fury and Further Up & Further In, and each month, they would share a list of questions for writers to answer about their characters. For us writers, it was a great way to get to know our characters a little better, and it was always fun to visit other people’s blogs and learn about their writing projects as well.
Sadly, this month marks the end of Beautiful People (for the time being). Although I started participating a little later than most, I had a wonderful time being a part of this, and I would be remiss if I didn’t participate in this last linkup.
Typically, I would share these types of posts on Wednesdays, since they’re not really a “normal” Monday post. Since this is a “Favorites Edition” of Beautiful People though, I thought it would be fun to share some favorite things from my various writing projects, as well as a few of my favorites when it comes to writing overall.
Another month, another linkup! This October, I’m participating in another one of Paper Fury and Further Up and Further In‘s linkups, but instead of Beautiful People, it’s Beautiful Books! Every year around NaNoWriMo, they forgo the typical character-based questions and instead focus on questions about writing projects. Since I’m actually participating in NaNoWriMo this year (cue internal screaming), I thought I’d use this chance to officially introduce my NaNo novel to you.
For those unfamiliar with it, NaNoWriMo is the abbreviation for National Novel Writing Month, a writing competition that takes place every November. The goal is to write 50,000 words in 30 days, giving you your first draft of a brand new novel. Although I participated in “choose your own goal” NaNoWriMo’s in the past, going for the full 50,000 is a new experience for me, and I’m really excited.
Without further ado, allow me to introduce to you my project for NaNoWriMo this year!
Another month, another edition of Beautiful People! For those who don’t know, BP is a monthly blog linkup hosted by Paper Fury and Further Up & Further In. Each month, they share a list of ten questions for writers to think about for one of their characters, and then the writers share their answers on their blog! It’s a great way for fellow writers to connect with each other, so for more information, click here.
The last time I did BP was back in June, when I introduced my character Myrina from a new fantasy-based project that I’m working on and planning to draft for NaNoWriMo this November. The plot details are still a little iffy, but I’m really excited for the story.
This month, I’d like to introduce another main character from that story, one that comes from a much different background than Myrina. This character is Adrien Bryton, the crown prince of Reystrell, which is another one of the nations in my world. He’s younger than Myrina by a few years, and under normal circumstances, it’s unlikely that the two of them would ever meet. However, Myrina protects Adrien from an attack on the palace during one of her diplomatic missions to Reystrell, and when it’s discovered that the prince’s life is in danger, it falls to Myrina to protect him while he’s a fugitive.
That pretty much covers everything you need to know about Adrien to start, so read on to learn more about him!