Call Me Mack – In 3 Words

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This week’s topic for A Novel Idea is: This week, describe your novel in three words. Get creative. Tell us as much about your story as you can in those 3 little (or big!) words.

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So. Without further ado, Call Me Mack in 3 words! 

Separation

At the very beginning of Call Me Mack, her parents – who have been married for 18 years, decide they are going to separate. It’s a temporary situation, according to both of them, but Mack feels differently. She’s not ready for her parents to get a divorce, but she also doesn’t see them getting back together, either.

Siblings

Mack has 3 siblings. Langley is her twin sister – older by 3 minutes, and never lets Mack forget it. She also has a 3 year old brother, Leland, and a one-month old sister, Lynlee. 
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Surprise

This is more for myself than for anyone else. Although, maybe someday when you read Call Me Mack, you’ll be surprised too! The surprise is…
I have absolutely no idea who Mack’s love interest is. Two great men – her best friend, Grant, and her long-time crush, Nik. 
Who will it be? No one knows.

Beautiful People: August Edition

  1. Give a brief overview of their looks. (Include a photo if you want!)
    Long, blonde hair, blue eyes, pale skin covered in tattoos, tall and slender.
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  2. Share a snippet that involves description of their appearance.
    “Most people tell me I’d be beautiful. That is, if I didn’t cover my body with tattoos. It hurts. Oh yeah, you’re a blonde-haired, blue-eyed beauty, but you’ve got a bunch of ugly tattoos so that makes you ugly. I guess I just don’t care. I don’t care what they think. My body is my body. Not theirs. ‘You’ve got a pretty face’. That’s what a lot of people tell fat people too…Fat, skinny, tall, short, tattooed or not…you’re not your body.”
  3. What is the first thing people might notice about them?
    Definitely her tattoos. She’s got a whole bunch of them! 
  4. What are their unique features? (Ex: freckles, big ears, birthmark, scars, etc.)
    Mack has a birthmark on her leg upper arm in the shape of a heart, which is pretty much why it’s ironic that she wears her heart on her sleeve. 
  5. How tall are they? What is their build (Ex: stocky, slender, petite, etc.)
    5’10”. Tall and slender.
  6. What is their posture like? How do they usually carry themselves?
    Has great posture and always stands tall.
  7. Your character has been seen on a “lazy day” (free from usual routine/expectations): what are they wearing and how do they look?
    Her hair is in a messy bun, and she’s wearing a loose-fitting tank top, sweatpants, and a pair of sneakers.
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  8. Do they wear glasses, accessories, or jewelry on a regular basis? Do they have any article of clothing or accessory that could be considered their trademark?
    She almost always wears jeans and a t-shirt. She doesn’t like to stand out in the crowd so she feels this attire makes her blend in.
  9. Have they ever been bullied or shamed because of their looks? Explain!
    She’s still in high school – a junior – so a bunch of kids look at her weird (or make snide remarks behind her back) about her tattoos. But nothing she can’t take.
  10. Are they happy with how they look? If they could change anything about their appearance, what would it be?
    She’s mostly happy with how she looks, but the truth is… a lot of the time, she feels too tall. While most girls would KILL to be her height, she feels like she towers over most everyone.

A Novel Idea: 8/16/2016

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, describe your novel in three words. Get creative. Tell us as much about your story as you can in those 3 little (or big!) words.

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A Novel Idea: Mack Facts

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This week’s A Novel Idea prompt is: 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.

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  1. Her full name is Mackinley Pearl Davenport. (She hates it. Hence, Mack).
  2. She’s 17, and a junior in high school. She hates school and doesn’t think college is in her future, but what does she know? She’s only 17! Why do teenagers have to make such difficult life decisions? 
  3. Has a twin sister named Langley Pearl Davenport. (born 3 minutes before Mack and never lets Mack forget it).
  4. Has 3 tattoos on each arms. Her parents figure there could be worse things she could be doing, so as long as she has the money to do it, they give their permission for her to get them.
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    she wants a full sleeve eventually

  5. Mack’s parents have been married for almost 18 years, since they found out that they were pregnant with twins in high school. Their relationship is a rocky one, but have withstood everything for this long. However, toward the beginning of the book they decide to separate. (Not divorce, but Mack and Lang know that it’s coming soon). 
  6. Mack & Langley have 2 younger siblings, Leland & Lynlee. Leland is 3, and Lynlee is 4 weeks old. Which makes the whole separation of their parents thing even harder on her.
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    these two make mack’s life a little brighter.

  7. Lang(ley) is Mack’s best friend, through everything. Despite how different they are, they never would be able to live without each other. Which makes things especially hard when their parents decide to separate and their dad moves an hour away. Neither of them are sure where they “belong” at that point. 
  8. Favorites foods are pizza and ice cream. But in order to eat them as much as she wants to, she has to go for runs in the morning (otherwise she’d be as big as a house). She hates that Lang has a higher metabolism and can eat whatever she wants, whenever she wants. 
  9. COFFEE is her beverage of choice. All the time. Every day. Multiple times, despite her mom warning her about caffeine addiction. There are worse things…
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    mmm…coffee

  10. Mack works at a restaurant called The Pirate Ship. The wait-staff dress in pirate getup, and have to say “arghhh” as much as they can during a conversation. She hates working there, but it’s a job. 
  11. Mack has had a crush on Nik Johnson since she was 5, and the Johnsons moved in next door. Dark hair, hazel eyes, killer smile. He barely knows she exists but a girl can dream.
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    Well hello there, nik johnson

  12. Mack’s favorite movie is A Walk To Remember. While she wouldn’t want everyone to know it, she’s kind-of a sucker for a good chick flick. This movie makes her cry like a baby. 
  13. Most people think that Mack is tough (mostly because she has tattoos), but she’s really a big softy. She shies away from any sort-of confrontation. Which is why, when her parents fight, you’ll find her up in her room, music blasting, so that she can’t hear it.
  14. She wants to travel the world. The whole thing. She loves the parts of the USA she’s seen, but she wants – needs – to see more of it. 
  15. Oh, and then there’s Grant Hagelin. Other than Lang, he’s her best friend. They’ve only known each other 4 years, but hit it off right away. Between Grant and Lang, they keep Mack sane. Otherwise, she’d be all over the place.
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    because grant fits him

  16. Mack would rather read a book than watch tv. She loves classics more than anything. To Kill a Mockingbird is her favorite, as well as Pride & Prejudice.
  17. She’s obsessed with Instagram, and posts at least one picture a day. Mack has over 5 thousand followers on her page, too! She posts mostly landscapes, food, or something of the sort. Very rarely, she’ll even post a selfie.
  18. She writes in a journal, but no one knows about it. It’s not that she’s embarrassed, it’s just that she doesn’t want anyone to find it. If they don’t know about it, they won’t find it. Logic. 
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  19. Mack is left-handed. Yet another way that she and Langley are exact opposites, Lang is right-handed.
  20. Has a cat named Muffin. Don’t judge her – Mack named Muffin when she was only 10, and was obsessed with blueberry muffins at the time. 
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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.