10 Questions About my WIP

I was tagged by the lovely S.J. Henderson to participate in the Liebster Award Blog Hop about my current WIP. I'm working on two novels right now. One is a sequel to my fairy tale (YAY), and the other is a southern gothic that I am having O so much fun with.  I chose the gothic.

What is your WIP about?
Sixteen-year-old Ophelia Fisk is an orphan with severe emotional issues. The novel opens with her contemplating committing suicide, but decides against it when she finds that the new town she lives in is much more unique than expected. There are unexplained things happening, and as the mystery unravels, so too does her purpose.

What is your main character's greatest strength?
She's strong. Crazy strong, despite her depression. She faces challenges with a bravery, even I look up to.

What is your main character's greatest flaw?
The world has been cruel to Ophelia and being an orphan in a small town, where outsiders
are always looked at strangely doesn't make it easier. She has a tendency to be bitter and build impenetrable walls.

Name your character's favorite food and drink?
Pizza and coffee. Though, not at the same time.

What animal would your main character be and why?
She'd probably be a stray dog. She's distrusting, takes a while to let people in, and has a tendency to bite with her words. But if you can ever get through to her, she's the most loyal friend one can have.

If you and your main character were in a coffee shop, what would you discuss?
Easy. The utter weirdness of small, southern towns. It's one of her and my most favorite topics. 

Who would you main character like to date/marry and why?
Someone who feels like her family. Someone who handles her insecurities delicately and who is strong enough not to be hurt by her sometimes thoughtless tongue.

What superhero does your protagonist act like? Why?
Can I pick a guy? Batman. She wants to save the world, but she struggles heavily with her inner demons.

If you made a music video starring your antagonist, what would be his or her song? 
"Demons" by Imagine Dragons. She's afraid to trust or hurt anyone, so she just pushes them away.

What fictional character do you like the most and why?
If you mean ever, I'd have to say Jo March from The Little Women. I wanted to be her when I grew up. Still do. If you mean in my own stories, I'd have to say Rowena from my fairy tale. She's starts off being passive and shy, but by Book 2 she's the firecracker I've always wanted to be. 

Now that you know what my WIP is about, it's your turn! :D I tag two fellow writer friends, Tammy Theriault and Sarah Ahiers. Here are your ten questions:

1  Where did you find the inspiration for your WIP?
2  What is the setting and how important is it to the story?
3  What is your MC's most likable quality?
4  Does your MC prefer coffee or tea?
5  If you met your villain in real life, would you run away, slap him (or her), stop for a chat, or ask for his autograph? 
6  What are three words that best describe your MC?
7  If your MC could have anything in the world, what would it be?
8  What's your favorite line in the WIP so far?
9  What's the overall tone of the novel?
10 If you had to compare your novel to any fairy tale, what would it be and why? (Because you know I love fairy tales!) 

If you decide to take on the challenge too, be sure to leave a link in the comments. I want to read about your WIP too! 

NaNoWriMo: Beat the Block

So you’ve been chug-a-lugging so far and now you’re stuck. You’re no longer flying through words, and your stamina is fading. So what do you do when you find yourself staring at the screen with no more words to write? Here’s a few tips I've learned over the years to beat the block:

• Create a new character. Sometimes an interesting new person in your novel will push the story forward and add additional interest.
• Browse Pinterest for inspiration. Maybe create a board?
• Skip around. You don't have to write a novel from beginning to end. Don’t know where you're going with this chapter? Move on to the next one.
• Which brings me to scene writing. Sometimes I don't know where I want to go with a novel but certain scenes are vivid in my mind, so I write those. Then I worry about how to put them together later. 
• If you're like me, you have several story ideas written in your dozens of pretty notebooks. Try weaving one of those stories into your current WIP. 
• Take a break. Sometimes your imagination fairy needs a day off. Do whatever relaxes you. 
• Get out of the house. Step away from the distractions of home and find solace in a coffee shop, library, or park.
• And if you still feel uninspired by this WIP, start another project. It’s okay, really. Not every story is meant to be finished, and you can always work on it later. Maybe your heart is simply pushing you to write something different. 

Remember, all words are good words in your first draft. Write just to write. There's no pressure. Set realistic goals and forgive yourself if you stray a bit. Writing shouldn't feel like a job as much as a passion. 

Write passionately and ignore word countsYou’re the only one who can tell your story, so despite what your stubborn character may try to convince you, he/she will wait. 

Happy writing!

Book Blast: THE ATTIC OF SANDS AND SECRETS by Medeia Sharif

by Medeia Sharif

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Middle Grade Historical and Fantasy, Featherweight Press, November 2014

Lily, a learning disabled girl, attempts to unravel the mystery of her abducted mother using supernatural clues from an ancient stranger, even when it means posing a danger to herself.

Learning-disabled Lily desires to prove herself, although her mind freezes when presented with big problems - such as her mother's abduction. With a French father and Egyptian mother, Lily worries that her mother hid her ethnicity from her French in-laws. However, there's something deeper going on. Lily finds a way into an attic that's normally locked and encounters a mysterious, moonlit Egyptian night world. There she finds Khadijah, an ancient stranger who guides her to finding clues about her mother's whereabouts. Lily becomes a sleuth in both the real world and magical desert, endangering herself as she gets closer to the kidnapper.

The book takes place in 1976. Every host for this book blast is going to post one fun fact for that year. For some of you, this will bring back memories. For younger blog readers, you'll learn something new.

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NaNoWriMo: This is Not a Race

It's November, and for writers across the land, the craziest month of the year. We will scramble to write pretty words, will consume ungodly amounts of coffee, gain five pounds from stress-eating chocolate, and flutter around in our own lil book worlds for the entire month. Sounds like fun, right?

It is. It truly is. When the whole world around you feels like it's all caught the same book fever you have year-round, it's delightful. There is a downside, though. With 50,000 words to conquer and such little time to do it, sometimes we tend to run instead of sprint when the gun is fired. But we, smart people as we are, know this isn't a race. I mean, it doesn't matter that your best online friend has already written 15,000 words on their supposedly "new" WIP, and you've only written a measly 2,000. It doesn't matter that every time you look on your Twitter feed you're reminded of all the impressively disciplined people who are seemingly #amwriting every hour of the day. You, my dear friend, have a life. And while 15,000 words on day four seems impressive, let's see how well this hare fares by day thirty.

The key to winning is persistence. The hare starts faster, goes further, but eventually gets distracted.

Remember: Distraction is the root of all evil. 

The goal and key to being productive anytime, not just in NaNoWriMo, is to be the tortoise. It's slow, yet steady. Determined yet mindful of its hurdles. It just keeps pressing on.  So I encourage you whether you are off to a fabulous start, are just barely making headway, or haven't even started at all, just write some everyday you can. Never be ashamed of your word count. All words are good words. (At least during the first draft.)

It's not about how fast you get there. It's not even about getting there by the end of November. It's about the journey, the story, and the characters you meet along the way.

Go ahead, join the movement. #teamTORTOISE