Beautiful Books – Novel Update

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My face when we’re already halfway through November and so much has happened in my country… and nothing has happened in my book.

JK, A LOT HAS HAPPENED, BUT IT HASN’T BEEN WRITTEN DOWN.

Most of what has been written down, though, is gold. And I’m really humble.

SO, that means it’s time for the obligatory Novel Update, featuring Cait from Paper Fury.

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Overall, how is your mental state, and how is your novel going?

My mental state is never that of the best, but this month, it just… kind of… imploded. But let’s not go into details.

My novel seems to be coming along nicely, EXCEPT THAT I’M ONLY FIVE THOUSAND WORDS IN. I AM SO LAME. BUT I REALLY LIKE HOW IT READS.

What’s your first sentence (or paragraph)?

First sentence: “Don’t make war sound like an exciting and thrilling game.”

If I gave you the first paragraph… I don’t know, it’s kinda boring…

Who’s your current favourite character in your novel?

MY MC IS AWESOME. Read my last post to hear about her awesomeness.

For the character you don’t know about, his name is Champion and he’s really arrogant and I’ve never written anything from a (semi) villain’s perspective, so it’s been fun. He makes me grin wickedly.

What do you love about your novel so far?

CHAMPION. He makes me happy that I can write that well. All my characters make me happy. So, yeah, that.

And I’m currently writing from three different POV’s. That might change to two later, but for now, we’re being ambitious.

Have you made any hilarious typos or other mistakes?

Well, Microsoft Word corrects all my typos, so no, not any that I can think of. And I’m not that funny anyways…

What is your favourite to write: beginning, middle, or end — and why?

BEGINNINGS ARE ALL THAT I’VE EVER WRITTEN, I AM SO LAME.

But really, I have never finished a novel before. I’m really looking forward to the middle of this one, because that’s where all the ‘fun’ stuff happens, but the end should be good too. Although, as a pantster, my end is not clear. I’ll figure it out when I get there.

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? Feel free to show us a picture of your writing space!

Writing habits include: sitting down and writing. Well, informing my mother that I will be writing, and then sitting down to write. I can usually can crank out about five hundred words or so if I don’t have interruptions, and then I need to take a break. On good days, I’m closer to 1,000.

I don’t really eat, because I forget when I’m writing (I NEED MY HANDS). Although I stocked up on some chocolate from the candy store. I’ve been devouring that.

I do listen to music. Anything from Twenty-One Pilots to Anthem Lights (yaaasssss) to the Doctor Who soundtrack.

I write best in the late afternoon, like from 4:30 or 5 to whenever dinner is. I can write after dinner, but I usually like to sit with my family and watch TV. So that leaves me about an hour or two to write. If I write at any other time, I’m prone to getting more distracted. Once, I actually didn’t go on the internet at all the whole time I was writing, and I was really proud of that.

How private are you about your novel while you’re writing? Do you need a cheer squad or do you work alone (like, ahem, Batman)?

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“Guys, I’m Batman!”

But, really, if anyone comes near me while I’m working, I will not let you read it. If I offer to let you read it, you’d better take me up on that offer because I WILL NOT BE GIVING IT AGAIN UNLESS I DIE and then I won’t be able to stop you.

But also, my family doesn’t understand how dramatic I can be when it comes to my stories and fandoms. I NEED TO BE UNDERSTOOD AND THEY JUST CAN’T DO IT.

What keeps you writing even when it’s hard?

My story. Don’t kill me guys, but if I’m stuck at the part that I’m on, I write a scene that will happen later. I have a few of those sitting around from the last couple days. I usually write a bit while I’m at English class, BECAUSE IT’S THREE HOURS LONG AND SO BORING.

What are your top 3 pieces of writing advice?

It’s cliché, but ‘if you don’t write it, no one else will’. I heartily believe this is true.

‘I would advise anyone who aspires to a writing career that before developing his talent he would be wise to develop a thick hide.’ — Harper Lee

^^ THIS

‘You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.’ ― Ray Bradbury

That’s how everything’s going with me, guys! Weeping, chocolate-covered fingers, and destruction everywhere! How are your novels (and your sanity) doing? Let me know in the comments!