Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Beautiful Books #2: NaNoWriMo Novels


One again this is a Meme hosted by Cait @ Notebook Sisters and Sky @ Further Up and Further In. Basically we're talking about our NaNoWriMo novels again this month, if you want to find out more about all this pop on over to their blogs!

Alex Steele's Novel:

1. Be honest: how is your writing going? Pretty good! I'm ahead of schedule and my book is turning out pretty much just how I wanted it to! I'm enjoying taking my time on it, and I love writing it.

2. What’s your first sentence/paragraph?
  Some days are destined to be full of sunshine: weddings, birthdays, carnivals. Some days are destined to be full of snow and that warm glow of a fire. Then there’s the other days, the days that should be full of rain clouds, not a ray of sun in sight. Days that should be filled with mournful howling, and weeping trees, collapsing under the weight of the world.

3. Do you have a book cover, and/or pictures that reflect your book? I did make a cover...but it's kind of lame...



4. Do you have pictures of each of your characters? If not, describe them for us! (Be as descriptive as you can.) No pictures, I will do my best to describe them!

Lacey: With a heart shaped face, wide eyes, and sharp features(sharp chin, high cheek bones, small yet pointed nose), Lacey looks like some kind of pixie. Hair cut short and choppy into a pixie cut and dyed a deep royal blue that has faded at the ends, she's about 5'3, on the short side.

Grace: See above^. "The differences were small, Grace and I were always switching places, you had to be trained to tell the difference. Of course, the illusion was broken the moment one of us would talk. 
Grace had a dimple in her right cheek, I had one in my left, like we were each given half of the same smile. Grace would smile with her mouth open, teeth on display, while I was always the closed lips kind of smiler."
The main difference is that once they cut their long blond hair, Grace's hair was short(like Laceys') and pink.

Oz - Skeleton like in how tall and skinny he is, looks like the goof ball he is. Dark skin the color of dark roasted coffee beans. Narrow dark blue eyes, a narrow and round face, and a bald head. He often wears cargo shorts and tshirts, plain colors, the kinds with the little pocket that no one EVER uses.

Mason - Tall(though shorter than Oz), with wide shoulders and slight, well defined, muscles. He has messy blond hair that's just a touch too long as if he's trying to grow it out, or simply forgot to get it cut. Wide eyes that could either be blue with green specks, or green with blue specks. His eyes are wide, with matching lips, you tend to forget to take in the rest of his face. Slender neck and matching face, with a nose just slightly too big, and a sharp chin.

Okay, done. Oddly enough I think that's the most I've described Mason so far...which is why it kind of sucks!

5. What scene are you most excited to write? It's a scene later in the book (somewhere in the last third or so of the book) and it's the introduction of two of my favorite characters: Erin and Darla. I'm very excited for it!

6. Share a snippet or a scene that you really enjoyed writing.
 These were the moments that Grace came alive. That she stopped thinking, stopped caring, about the fact that she was wedged in on all sides, surrounded by strangers and would no doubt go home with a little of all of their sweat on her. She just existed. She was as loud as anyone, screaming and jumping around the two feet of space she had and I couldn’t help but be drawn in with her. Those were the moments that I understood Grace’s love for music, because nothing else, not books, not movies, not the biggest beer fest in the world, could bring people together like this. Everyone in that room with us was united and alone, all that mattered to them was the music and that united them even though they more than likely would never be able to recall the face of the person next to them.
  Grace had always said that music is life, without life there’s no music, and without music life becomes dull, pointless. Sometimes it seems as if Grace was my life. And I know that’s dramatic, and maybe a little creepy, but when you go through your whole life as part of a duo, one half of a whole, never straying away from someone who was your best friend, your other half. That’s the way the world looked when they were gone; dull, pointless, gray.


-This is from a flashback chapter that I wrote yesterday, it's about the first concert they went to by themselves.

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? The two main things that have turned out a bit differently are actually two of my characters. Besides that, not much has changed from my original outline and plot...yet.

8. Is there a character or aspect of your plot that's difficult to write? There's an aspect and a character both. My story mostly consists of inner monologue and my character being alone (it's supposed to), so anytime she's around other characters it's a little difficult to balance her still being depressed and anti-social, with her reluctantly making friends and almost having fun. 

Mason,the love interest, is probably the hardest character to write.

9. What’s your favorite aspect of this novel so far? Favorite character? I really love how...simple this book is. It's not some complicated plot or anything, I love all the metaphors and how my character, Lacey, views the world.

Hmm. Overall my favorite character so far is Oz, I just love him. But Lacey and Grace are my favorite characters to write.

10. Have you drawn off of any life experiences or people you know to create your novel and characters? Umm. Well the character of my main character (Lacey)'s grandmother is highly influenced by my own grandmother. 

The main theme of this story is grief and death so I've definitely drawn on my own experiences with those things. Also, it's Lacey's sister who has died, and they were super close, and I am super close to my siblings, so I draw on that stuff and how I would feel if something happened to one of my brothers.

11. Do you have a playlist or certain song for your novel and/or characters? Yes. An enormous 147 song playlist! I'll just share one song for each of my most important characters!

Lacey - Memories by Panic! At The Disco
Grace - I Don't Care by Fall Out Boy - because it's her favorite band!
Mason - Stars and Boulevards by Augustana
Oz - The Downfall Of Us by A Day To Remember
Darla - Angel With A Shotgun by The Cab
Erin - Song For Someone by U2
Dakota - How You Get The Girl by Taylor Swift

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? Oz. He sort of becomes Lacey's best friend and I love him. He's basically a male version of me, in his most basic characteristics.

13. How do you keep yourself motivated to finish your daily wordcount?(Pinterest? Internet breaks? Chocolate?) Well, I don't really reward myself daily except with sleep. For the month as a whole though, my brother is holding my Fall Out Boy concert tickets hostage and I don't get them until I win NaNo.

14. What’s your favorite writing quote or piece of writing advice?
So, it's kind of weird, but it's this one:
“Writing stories is a kind of magic, too.”
― Cornelia Funke, Inkheart

Who doesn't want to have magic? And I guess for me writing has always been about the magic, so I just love this quote.

15.How does this book make you feel so far? Are you laughing? Crying? Frustrated?
Oh jeez, I don't know. I'm not really laughing, definitely not. I'm happy and excited still? I think. Yeah, this book, even though it's sad, still makes me feel happy and excited to write.


Penelope Grace's Novel:

1. Be honest: how is your writing going? Honestly? It is done. Finished. 75K and finished. First draft. I'm thinking about working on a second novel, but I don't feel the spark... No spark like the first... I definitely am not going to write the second book. I'm probably going to wait until I find my inspiration again.

2. What’s your first sentence/paragraph?
'“Checkmate,” says Gloria, moving her black rook against my white king. She smirks at me while Grandmother Four watches on.' -The Black Queen, first paragraph

3. Do you have a book cover, and/or pictures that reflect your book? Nope. Sorry, but I don't have any pictures that inspire me. For either book. 

4. Do you have pictures of each of your characters? If not, describe them for us! (Be as descriptive as you can.) Well, no. But I can tell you that Ashlina (narrator) is Chinese and pretty short. Eric (main character) is much taller than her and is French. Simon... Well. That guy is a douche.

5. What scene are you most excited to write? Oh... There are so many. If I tell you which scene I'm most excited to write, I'm going to be giving so much of my plot away.

6. Share a snippet or a scene that you really enjoyed writing. No! Sorry. I can't give away my plot! Let me tell you that there is a lot of hint, hint, nudge, nudge kind of thing.

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? Subplots, definitely. Main plot... Um... Not so much. 

8. Is there a character or aspect of your plot that's difficult to write? Oh, yes. There are two of them actually (not going to tell you their names). But they are those Russian dolls. You pull off a mask, and there is another within. Countless number of character layers. So many. And it is hard to write their POVs, because they are complicated and they are guarded. They don't want the world to see who they really are. 

Sorry, I probably gave too much away.

9. What’s your favorite aspect of this novel so far? Favorite character? Definitely the hints. As I said before, I'm pretty much pooping them everywhere. Thanks, Alex, for taking that to Twitter. 

As for characters, I'm definitely a fan of Liesel, the Black Queen.

10. Have you drawn off of any life experiences or people you know to create your novel and characters? Of course! But I'm tight-lipped on this. 

11. Do you have a playlist or certain song for your novel and/or characters? Mostly the Billboard. Some old songs from the old days like Billy Joel's "Vienna." 

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? Ha! That one is a easy one. Definitely Eric, because he is... Oh. Darn. Giving that away is a minor spoiler. 

13. How do you keep yourself motivated to finish your daily wordcount? (Pinterest? Internet breaks? Chocolate?) NaNoWriMo itself. I had been thinking about The Black Queen for a long time. Like two years ago, and it has already remain in my mind. Seeing it come alive... Well, that is a beautiful experience.

14. What’s your favorite writing quote or piece of writing advice? Gosh. I think my favorite says something like "Write on!" That kind of thing. I'm not one for looking up quotes and finding advice, though I do like giving people a piece of my mind. 

15.How does this book make you feel so far? Are you laughing? Crying? Frustrated? Laughing for sure! After writing a long scene with a bunch of hint, hint, I can't help but giggle for the rest of the day.


How's your NaNo going? Don't forget to leave us links to your posts in the comments!

Happy NaNo-ing!

-Grace & Steele

17 comments:

  1. Ohhh, holding Fall Out Boy concert tickets hostage?? That is definitely huge motivation to finish!! o.O I hope you win, Alex! And if I ever have to write sad/grief scenes, I think about what it'd be like if my family died too...which is super awful. I'm lucky that I've never had that level of catastrophic grief in my life though. *huddles in corner*
    Congrats for finishing Penelope!! WOOT!! Did you write 75K all this month?? Because that is amazing and I am in awe of you. o.O I finished on 65K and I'm quite excited! I sort of thought about starting a new book...but I have a lot of books I feel like reading instead. hehe. I'm lazy. ;-)
    Thanks for linking up with us!!

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    1. Yep. I'm at 79K, right now. I'm trying to get over my Writer's block, because... Well, I want to write something for the rest of the month. Twenty days, another novel. Or two.

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    2. Yeah, I figured that's about the best motivation ever. Luckily I'm actually about to win so I won't have to worry about him destroying my tickets!
      It is so awful to think about those things, but it does help when writing about it.

      And wow, I guess everyone's just ahead of me! What can I say? I'm a slow writer! Congrats on finishing though!

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  2. I love the playlist for Alex's story and Penelope's first line. I'm just disappointed there isn't more... I'm that person who loves spoilers. Regardless, way to keep writing.

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    1. Awww... Thanks! But I can't be all spoilery... That would be terrible of me...

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    2. Haha, I like spoilers too! Besides, the way I figure it no one will ever remember reading spoilers anyway. Thanks, I too love my playlist, though I spent way too much time working on it!

      Good luck with your writing! =)

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  3. Wow!! Awesome stories, you two!! These are great! :D congrats on finishing, Penelope! Good luck continuing, Alex! :D

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    1. Thanks! And I'm still working on second novel. Still got a bit to go!

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    2. Thanks! Good luck with your writing!

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  4. Both stories sounds amazing!!!!!
    Penelope: I love how you refuse to tell us much of anythingXD
    Alex: The premise for your story sounds really cool!!! Very different from anything I've ever read. And the snippets are amazing!

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    1. Yep. It is guarded. And extremely protected.

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    2. Aww thank you so much! Different from everything I've read is exactly what I'm going for! Thanks for the kind words!

      Good luck with your writing!

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  5. Whoa, you've both already surpassed 50K! Congrats! I think my brain would've melted writing so much that quickly, lol.

    Alex - The imagery in your opening lines is so pretty! I loved reading them. :)

    Penelope - Also, loved your opening lines. The characters you mentioned for #8 sound fascinating!

    Have a wonderful day!

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    1. Thanks! I honestly don't know how my brain hasn't melted yet!

      Yeah, with the opening scene that's the mood and feeling and imagery that I'm trying to keep for the whole book... It's a little hard!

      Good luck with your writing! =)

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  6. Ooo both your book sound so interesting! Steele - I just love your opening, it's great you're almost done (GRACE YOU'RE FINISHED?!?!); Grace - your concept is so fascinating. I've read so many awesome BB#2 posts today my head is just mush and jelly. e_e Best of luck to both of you. =]

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    1. Oh, yes. I'm finished. And I'm insane.

      Thanks for the luck!

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