A Novel Idea: 8/9/2016

As a writer, keeping inspiration going from week to week can be tough. My friend, Kylie and I, want to change that. The point of A Novel Idea is to get your writing juices flowing even when you don’t feel like writing. We also want it to help you dig deeper into what writing looks like for you and let you share it with the world. We’ll be posting installments weekly, all focused on four things: characters, your novel, you writing process, and writing prompts. Follow the weekly guidelines and post it on your blog, then link up with us! We’d love to hear from you each week.

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This week, make a list of 20 things about your character. They can be as simple or unique as you want, but hopefully it will help you learn at least something new about your character and their backstory.



A Novel Idea: Favorite Authors

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This week’s topic is: Who is an author (or two or three) you aspire to write like? What is it you admire about their work or their writing style? Are there any similarities between you and your writing role model(s)?

It’s impossible just to pick one or two authors that I absolutely love. I mean, there are so many. I read as much as I can – and have read about 25 books in the last 2 months alone. So I’ll just pick a few authors that I have come to admire over the years.
1.) Jenny B. Jones ~
if you’ve never read any of her books, go to Amazon and order them all. Now. I’ll wait. Okay, you done? Good. You won’t regret it. Jenny has a way with words, and I can’t get enough of her books. If she’d get a new one published every month, you’d bet I’d be one of the first in line to purchase it! She is fun, quirky, and her books are just plain fun to read! 
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2.) Morgan Matson ~ Kylie actually introduced me to this author a few months ago by telling me to read Since You’ve Been Gone. Once I did, I was hooked. I have all her books now. Another author who just knows how to right a dang good story. 
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Although, I aspire to be like anyone who has actually had a book published – whether I liked that book or not. 🙂 I can’t imagine how good it must feel to have your words in print. 

A Novel Idea: 8/2/2016

As a writer, keeping inspiration going from week to week can be tough. My friend, Kylie and I, want to change that. The point of A Novel Idea is to get your writing juices flowing even when you don’t feel like writing. We also want it to help you dig deeper into what writing looks like for you and let you share it with the world. We’ll be posting installments weekly, all focused on four things: characters, your novel, you writing process, and writing prompts. Follow the weekly guidelines and post it on your blog, then link up with us! We’d love to hear from you each week.

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Who is an author (or two or three) you aspire to write like? What is it you admire about their work or their writing style? Are there any similarities between you and your writing role model(s)?

A Novel Idea: 7/26/2016

As a writer, keeping inspiration going from week to week can be tough. My friend, Kylie and I, want to change that. The point of A Novel Idea is to get your writing juices flowing even when you don’t feel like writing. We also want it to help you dig deeper into what writing looks like for you and let you share it with the world. We’ll be posting installments weekly, all focused on four things: characters, your novel, you writing process, and writing prompts. Follow the weekly guidelines and post it on your blog, then link up with us! We’d love to hear from you each week.

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This week, follow this writing prompt as a starting point and see what happens. Have fun with it!

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A Novel Idea: When You’re One of Two

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This week, share a favorite quote from your novel: whether it’s one sentence long, a paragraph, or even a whole chapter. It can be from your current novel or one that you’re finished with.

Writing can be filled with self-doubt, but this week, take the time to show off your hard work.

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Here’s an excerpt from my current WIP – Call Me Mack: 

When you’re one of two, people expect you to be the same. They expect you to act the same, to dress the same, to always do the same things. They expect that if one of you enjoys soccer, the other one will too. Or, if one of you is good at playing the piano, the other will, too.
And although we share the same DNA, and are most definitely identical twins, we couldn’t be any more different. We couldn’t deny each other if we wanted to, but we’re so different that if you know us at all, you know that I’m most definitely Mack, and she’s most definitely Lang.

And if you don’t know us well enough to tell us apart, then we probably don’t want you as a part of our lives.
Three years ago, when Lang was dating Mike Davis, he mistook me for her and tried to kiss me – ew – and I punched him in the face and broke up with him for her.
Lang was glad. I was glad, ‘cause Mike was a jerk.
But, no matter what, Lang and I..we’re joined together. In more than one way. She’s my twin. She’s my sister. She’s my confidant. Being without her would be like being without air.
I need her to make it through the day – and she needs me to make it through hers. Living with her isn’t an option.

 

A Novel Idea: 7/19/2016

As a writer, keeping inspiration going from week to week can be tough. We want to change that. The point of A Novel Idea is to get your writing juices flowing even when you don’t feel like writing. We also want it to help you dig deeper into what writing looks like for you and let you share it with the world. We’ll be posting installments weekly, all focused on four things: characters, your novel, you writing process, and writing prompts. Follow the weekly guidelines and post it on your blog, then link up with us! We’d love to hear from you each week.

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This week, share a favorite quote from your novel: whether it’s one sentence long, a paragraph, or even a whole chapter. It can be from your current novel or one that you’re finished with.

Writing can be filled with self-doubt, but this week, take the time to show off your hard work.

Call Me Mack

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This week’s prompt is:

Make a collage with pictures that describe one of your characters. You can use pictures of your character or pictures that describe him/her (or both!). Have fun with this – don’t overthink it! Hopefully it’ll be a nice break from actually writing and help you learn more about your character at the same time!

Mack is my newest character – and one of my favorites, ever. The only problem is…I can’t think of a story line for her that suits what I want. I have such high expectations for her.

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A Novel Idea: 7/12/2016

As a writer, keeping inspiration going from week to week can be tough. My friend, Kylie and I, want to change that. The point of A Novel Idea is to get your writing juices flowing even when you don’t feel like writing. We also want it to help you dig deeper into what writing looks like for you and let you share it with the world. We’ll be posting installments weekly, all focused on four things: characters, your novel, you writing process, and writing prompts. Follow the weekly guidelines and post it on your blog, then link up with us! We’d love to hear from you each week.

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This week, make a collage with pictures that describe one of your characters. You can use pictures of your character or pictures that describe him/her (or both!). Have fun with this – don’t overthink it! Hopefully it’ll be a nice break from actually writing and help you learn more about your character at the same time!

Beautiful People: July Edition!

Oh my word, I haven’t linked up to Beautiful People in AGES. However, since my blog has somehow, over the last month or so, become a blog more about writing than anything else, I figured it wouldn’t hurt to link up and to learn even more about my characters! 

I’d like to write today about Mack Davenport, one of my newest – and most adored – characters that I’ve ever created. She’s witty, fun, and just plain interesting! I can’t wait to get to know her even better. 

 

Mackinley Ruby Davenport 

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Do they want to get married and/or have children? Why or why not?

Marriage isn’t necessarily out of the question, but Mack doesn’t like kids (unless they’re her 2 year old brother, Leland, or 2 week old sister, Lynlee. Then she’s in love with kids). She wants to be able to live her life on a whim – without anything or anyone to hold her back. 

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What is their weapon of choice? (It doesn’t necessarily have to be a physical weapon.)

Actual weapons, Mack is 100% against. It’s not that she’s a pacifist, she just know that she’d never be able to physically hurt anyone. However, she’s got stubbornness on her side. She doesn’t let anyone – or anything – get in the way of her doing what she wants to do. 

What’s the nicest thing they’ve done for someone else, and why did they do it?

It’s not that Mack’s not overly nice…but she’s not. She doesn’t go out of her way to be nice to everyone – especially not people she barely knows. What could be considered the nicest thing she’d ever done was when she allowed her best friend, Hannalee, to move in with her family after some issues Hannalee was having with her own. 

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Meet Hannalee

Have they ever been physically violent with someone, and what instigated it?

Absolutely not. She would go out of her way to avoid confrontation. 

Are they a rule-follower or a rebel?

A mix. When it came to school, Mack followed everything down to a tee. She was always there on time, never missed doing her homework, and was a straight A student. When it comes to life in general, she’s often late to work, always goes above the speed limit, and rarely takes advice from her parents (even when they are right!) 

Are they organized or messy?

Messy! When Hannalee first moves in with Mack’s family, she can’t even see the floor in Mack’s room! There are clothes, magazines, books, whatever, on Mack’s floor. It’s like having carpet without having carpet. And she HATES to clean.

What makes them feel loved, and who was the last person to make them feel that way?

Leland makes Mack feel loved more than anyone else in the world. He’s only 2, but he’s the loviest, doviest kid in the world. He’ll wrap his arms around Mack’s neck and make her feel all warm and cozy inside – something not many people can do. 

What do they eat for breakfast? 

Cereal is Mack’s breakfast of choice. Usually Cheerios or Peanut Butter Puffs! 

Have they ever lost someone close to them? What happened?

Her aunt Andrea. They were so close when Mack was growing up but her aunt passed away due to cancer a few years before. Mack has never been the same since.

What’s their treat of choice? (Or, if not food, how else do they reward themselves?)

TATTOOS. This girl would get a new tattoo every week if she could get away with it. Her plan is to eventually have sleeves on both arms.

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A Novel Idea: A World Without Sound

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This week, tell us about one of your first stories. When did you start writing it, and why? Do you remember the characters’ names? Are you still writing it? If not, do you think you’ll ever rewrite it? What did you learn while writing it?

I have been a writer for a very long time, so I had a hard time thinking back to my first story. So, I’m going to introduce you today to A World Without Sound. While it wasn’t the first story I ever wrote, it is the first one that I actually vividly remember sitting down to write, the one I remember putting my blood, sweat, and tears into, and one that I hold near and dear to my heart.

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I don’t even know where this plot came from, but I started writing it sometime early into my senior year (August or September of 2011). At this time in my life, I was doing all my writing on notebook paper – somewhere I still have all the pages upon pages of the first draft in a binder somewhere. I dated everything – so if I could FIND the binder, I could tell you exactly when I started it.

This story focuses on Shae(lyn). In her early teen years, she was in a terrible car accident leaving her deaf with no prognosis on when (if ever) she’d be able to hear again. But that didn’t stop Shae. She learns how to sign – taking it as far as learning how to read lips). 

Shae’s family is broken. Her dad, a writer, left when she was 15 years old. Shae, too, is a writer, although she hasn’t done any writing since her dad left them. The two of them used to write together, but she just doesn’t feel up to it since that all happened.

Then, there’s Shae’s Mom and her two brothers, Trent & Landon. Overprotective and highly annoying. The three of them get along, but she’s not crazy about how they treat her like a child. 

And then there’s Cody. Trey’s best friend, and the one person in Shae’s life that she feels she can be open and honest with. (Not to mention the fact that Shae has been in love with him since before she can remember!) 

Early on in the book, Shae’s family moves from big-city life in Pennsylvania to a farm in Texas – her oldest brother, Trent, wanting to get away from his ex-fiance. Shae HATES the idea. She doesn’t want to leave behind all she has ever known. But..she goes.

And she finds out, there are good people everywhere – you just have to look for them. In Texas, she meets Trevor — bad boy. He’s got a past that is catching up with him – one he’s not necessarily proud of. And a line of girls a mile long that he’s dated and broken their hearts. 

Shae changes his world, though, and makes him look at it in a way he never thought was possible. 

Unfortunately, I haven’t written this story since it was finished in 2012. It was my senior project, so to speak, and once I was done with it and got a proof copy, I haven’t worked on it since! ButI miss it! Maybe it’s time to dig this book out and try to rewrite it!

I always learn something from every story I write — this one taught me to dig a little deeper. Make something happen to the main character that hurts them (Shae’s dad leaving). This book…it will always be near and dear to me. 

I think it’s time to go dig it out! 

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