November 20, 2015

Beautiful Books #2: The Writing Process | Blocked

Linking up for Beautiful Books #2 in the midst
of somewhat of a block. Perhaps it's the return to normal life, two queries rejected,
and wondering if my writing style is really all that great/readable. *sigh*
Kind of in a funk.
Hoping the link-up reinvigorates me To Just Write and not overthink so much.
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1. Is the book turning out how you thought it would be, or is it defying your expectations? Can I answer by saying, "Both"? :) It's going where it needs to go, and it is surprising me. The beauty of writing by the seat of my pants (more or less.)
2. What’s your first sentence (or paragraph)? Keep in mind it is rough and will look differently in the end result, ya'll.


Blinking back into reality, Connor looked around before taking the witch hazel from the proprietor looking at him askance. Connor focused on his hands; the tremors were getting so bad he could hear the witch hazel sloshing in its bottle beneath the brown paper. The visions dissipated but the drugstore still seemed shrouded in a half-dream and the tremors were uncontrollable now.
He let Adam down. 

3. Are you a plotter or a pantser? Have you ever tried both methods and how did it turn out? I am more of a pantser but I do do some light plotting before and occasionally through out the actual writing.
4. What do you reward yourself with after meeting a goal? Some episode of TV. ;) Or chocolate.
5. What do you look for in a name? Do you have themes and where do you find your names? The names in this book I've had since I was in fifth and sixth grade for this story--the main characters at least. Margaret is my favorite female name, Connor I just...love. For obvious reasons. I try and keep to names that are period-correct for the most part, but that still sound pretty, strong, etc.
6. What is your favorite to write: beginning, middle, or end — and why? The beginning. I thought about it for a moment and realized this was true; ends are so hard to write. To get just the right ending is so much pressure, at least to me! But I do love the sweet satisfaction of finishing the first draft of a novel.
7. Who’s your current favorite character in your novel? Connor Doyle. Wounded soldier now homebound due to his injury at Gettysburg, his healing is quite a process, but its happening. And it's really great to write. And I picture him as looking like Jared Padalecki, so... ;) 
8. What kind of things have you researched for this project, and how do you go about researching? I have a gazillion Civil War encyclopedias and atlases for details about the battles' landscapes and such, but my favorite book I've utiliized was courtesy of my parents for my birthday. It's a simple booklet of published letters from people in Chambersburg at the time of the Great Fire of 1864 when McCausland raided and burned the whole city. I'm super close to writing this into my story, and am so excited!
9. Do you write better alone or with others? Do you share your work or prefer to keep it to yourself? I write better alone, but word-warring across the miles with friends is wonderful. I got to word-war once in person with my longtime friend Brittany and we more talked writing than actually writing but it was still just as fun and productive.
10. What are your writing habits? Is there a specific snack you eat? Do you listen to music? What time of day do you write best? I'm in the process of training myself to write whenever, wherever. My headphones help to block out the background noise of my awesome family ;) and Spotify playlists are a beautiful thing. I write best in the afternoons but of course that seems to be the busiest time of day, so I try and write before lunch and after dinner. After 9 o'clock in the evening though, most days now, I clock out of writer mode unless I'm really driven or in the mood to just write.