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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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: 06/28/2016

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, 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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Two people, only their hands visible, sit at a table drinking wine and having a conversation.

A Novel Idea: Been There All Along

This week’s prompt is: What would the back cover of your novel say? Try to make it as intriguing as possible. Remember, this is all readers have when trying to decide if they’re going to read your book or not. Do the best you can to convince a hypothetical reader to pick up your book.

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Poppy Spencer has dreamed of her wedding day since she was just a little girl. Beautiful, white dress, pretty flowers, a handsome groom who loved her more than anything. What she didn’t expect was that her boyfriend would be dragging his feet, brushing off the idea of marriage at every chance he got. 

Enter Ty Mellaney, Poppy’s best friend and confidant, who has been in love with Poppy since they were in high school. Only problem is, he can’t have her. After joining the Army to get away from his feelings, Ty and Poppy are separated for the first time in years, something neither of them are used to.

Will Poppy choose the guy she’s been with for three years – the one she’s in love with, and pictured herself having a future with? Or will she choose the one that’s been there all along?

A Novel Idea: 06/21/2016

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’s prompt is: What would the back cover of your novel say? Try to make it as intriguing as possible. Remember, this is all readers have when trying to decide if they’re going to read your book or not. Do the best you can to convince a hypothetical reader to pick up your book.

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.)

A Novel Idea: 6/14/16

As a writer, keeping inspiration going from week to week can be tough. We (my best friend, Sky, 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 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!

 

Writing Styles

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If you’re a seasoned wanna-be author like I am, you know that the writing process changes by the day. There is no perfect way to do it, and it never seems to be the same from one book to the next, or from one day to the next day. I have been writing since I was around ten years old – I love having a way to get my words out onto paper, while enjoying every minute of it. (Or hating it. Either way- that also depends on the day.) 

But, there are some things that never change. My writing process usually starts with a general plot line. I then decide which characters would fit into that plot, and I start developing them. I don’t do a whole lot of character development before I write because I like to have “free reign” so to speak, when I write. I don’t want to be tied down to one idea because that’s what I developed before I even started writing. 

I choose a cover model for my characters and I give them a name, and a general personality, and then I start writing. 

I usually write in first person, present tense. Anything else is a lot tougher for me. I think that I like to get into  my characters heads, and I’m able to do that more with first person. I’ve written in third but I feel like it takes a lot more out of me as a writer and I have to think way too much about it. 

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I also tend to write on paper more than I do on the computer. I was that person – and still am in some ways – that carried a notebook with me wherever I went so that I could write whenever I wanted to. 

Writing is something that I have to do. It’s ingrained inside of me. If I don’t do it – I would probably explode from all the ideas inside. 

Writing is a process…but it’s worth it. 

Introducing A Novel Idea

 

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. My friend, Kylie and I, 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, your 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.

This week, tell us about your writing style/what you like to write. Whether it’s POVs, genres, tenses, topics, or settings, tell us everything. This can be as deep or as simple as you want it to be–just have fun with it!

 

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