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! 

Interested in linking up? Click the graphic at the top of the page and join us!

A Novel Idea: 7/5/2016

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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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?

 

Wine A Little

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This week’s prompt is:

This week, we want to challenge you to write a scene about the following photo. Anything goes, as long as it relates to the picture in some way. Let your imagination run wild–we can’t wait to see what you come up with!

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Blind dates. You know, I gave them up a year ago when I was setup with a guy that’s favorite thing to do was talk about how much his ex-girlfriend was still in love with him because he was “the bomb diggity.” I don’t even want to know what that means. 

So, why I am, Maggie Sterling, going on a blind date? Maybe it’s because I’ve hit desperation status. I’ve gotten to the point in my life where I don’t know if there’s any other way. I mean, seriously. I’m not getting any younger. And plus, I think I can trust my best friend, Erica, to set me up…right? 

I’m standing outside the fancy restaurant wearing a dress that hugs my hips, but doesn’t reveal more than it should.

And then, I see him. Or at least, who I hope is him.

Dark, brown hair, blue eyes that I notice from even ten feet away. He’s wearing a pair of slacks and a button down shirt, and a smile that says, “I’m a nice dude.” Phew. Okay, maybe this won’t be so bad. 

And then, he stops in front of me. “You Maggie?” 

I nod slowly. For some reason, my tongue is tied. “Yeah.” One word. Better than none. 

“I’m Mike.” He holds out his hand toward me, and I take it after looking at it stupidly for probably a good ten seconds. 

Earth to Maggie – we never get nervous. “Nice to meet you.” 

An hour later, we’ve finished our meal of chicken Parmesan, and now we’re conversing over a couple glasses of red wine. It’s been a good date, where blind dates are concerned. Mike seems like a nice guy. Do I think it’ll go anywhere? Who knows. 

“So, Maggie, tell me why you wanted to come on this blind date with me.” 

I smile despite myself. “Well, Erica practically made me.” I hold up my wine glass. “Plus, I knew there’d be wine. And I never say ‘no’ to a good glass of sweet red.” 

A Novel Idea: Meet Ty

This week we are asking you to describe your character without using a picture. What do they look like? What do they wear? What is their personality like? Help us get to know your character without using any pictures at all!

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I have so many characters that are near and dear to my heart. Unfortunately, I haven’t been writing much lately (hence when Kylie and I decided to start A Novel Idea back up), so I couldn’t decide who to describe without using a picture! I mean…where do I even begin? 

So, Kylie and I talked about it, and decided we’d both introduce you to characters that we’ve developed together. Years ago, Kylie and I started writing together. We went through a time when we didn’t, but have since gotten back into it. And thus, Ty Mellaney and Poppy Spencer were born.

Head on over to Kylie’s blog sometime in the next week to be introduced to Poppy. Today, I’m going to share about Ty.

Full name: Ty Andrew Mellaney
Age:
25
What He Looks Like:
Dark, brown hair, cut short. Sometimes he wear scruff on his face, sometimes he shaves it off – depends on how he’s feeling. He’s about 5’10” and 150 pounds. He smiles a lot. His smile is rather small, and he’s got perfectly shaped teeth. Small dimples can appear sometimes when he laughs.
What He Wears:
Mostly jeans, t-shirts and hoodies. Ty goes for comfort, no matter what. He sometimes rolls around on the floor with his little brother and sister, so he prefers comfort over style. 
Personality:
Ty is the most kind-hearted, loving person you’ll ever meet. He’ll do anything for anybody. He doesn’t get mad often, but if you hurt someone he loves, he’ll go crazy on you and won’t let you get away with crap. He laughs and smiles a lot, despite his difficult past. He will listen while you talk (especially if your name happens to be Poppy Spencer). He’s got a temper that will flair up sometimes, but he tries to keep it under control as best he can. 
Back-story:
Ty grew up in a home where his mom and dad fought constantly. His dad was an alcoholic and abusive to both of them. Ty remembers a lot – his dad hitting his mom, his dad yelling at him when his grades weren’t perfect. Ty’s dad died when he was fourteen. He felt relief after that – like everything would be okay. It did get better. His mom remarried when he was 19 – to a guy that actually cared about and loved her. And Ty got two siblings – a brother, Trent and a sister, Mollie. Ty met Poppy when he was about 11 years old, and they’ve been best friends ever since. He would do anything and everything for her (he’s even been in love with her since senior year of high school.)

Dear Teen Girl: College is Not Required

Dear Teen Girl,

If you’re even semi close to graduating (like, within the next three years), you’ve probably gotten the question.

They mean well – most of the time – but it’s a question that you get sick of hearing, and are unsure of how to answer.  At sixteen, seventeen, eighteen, you’re not sure. You don’t know. You just don’t. 

College is a big step.  

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In fact, it’s a huge step, and one that you don’t want to take lightly. It’s expensive, it’s hard, and it’s going to take up most of your time and energy.  But the questions and other concerns still come. 

  • Are you going to college?
  • Which college are you planning to attend? 
  • What is your major going to be when you go to college? 
  • Oh, you don’t think you’re going to go to college? What are you going to do with your life? 
  • Are you sure you can get a job without a college degree? That’s hard. 
  • *nods, and then looks at you like you’re stupid* Oh. No college? 

Wow, okay. 

I had heard all of these (AND MORE) when I was in my junior and senior year of high school. I always answered it the same way: “I don’t want to go to college now, but maybe someday when I decide what I want to do I will.” People look at you like you’ve got two heads when you say that.

And it’s because our culture is so dead-set on sending every kid that it’s in high school, to college, and let’s be frank: 

COLLEGE IS NOT ALWAYS THE ANSWER.

If you know what you want to do, by all means GO. Go earn that degree and work your butt off to do so. I’m proud of you if you know. 

But please, please, PLEASE do not feel pressured by your teachers, peers, or even your parents to go to college.

It’s expensive and if you’re unsure of what you want to do with your life, it’s a waste of your money. And student loans? You’ll have those for a really long time! (I was working at a small business when I was younger and my coworker who was in her forties and went to college straight out of high school told me she still had over two thousand dollars in student loans….twenty years later!)

I have friends who went to college right out of high school and changed their major three times before deciding what they wanted to do. Took them three years to get a two-year degree, or five years to get a four year degree. 

Don’t let the questions, rude glances, or eye-rolling (Yes, you’ll get that!) make you feel like you have to. Take some time to figure it out. Get a job, save some money – decide if college is right for you.

So. Are you going to college?

A Novel Idea: 1/3/15

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Are you a writer? This linkup is especially for you! This is a great way to get to know your characters, as well as your storyline! Join in with me and answer the following questions! 

Welcome to the first ever 2015 edition of A Novel Idea!!! 

  1. How do they dress most of the time?
  2. Do they dress up? If so, how? 
  3. What do they wear to sleep? 
  4. Do they wear any jewelry? 
  5. In your opinion, what is their best feature?

 

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A Novel Idea: 12.27.14

A Novel Idea

Are you a writer? This linkup is especially for you! This is a great way to get to know your characters, as well as your storyline! Join in with me and answer the following questions! 

Wow, the last A Novel Idea until 2015! How in the world is that even possible?! 2014 is coming to an end, and I can’t even believe that!

  1. Who is their father and what is he like? 
  2. Who is their mother and what is she like? 
  3. Are their parents still married, or divorced? 
  4. Describe their siblings – if they have any. 

 

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