The Four-Part Writing Special //Part 1: Story

by - October 04, 2017

So, hey everyone!

First of all: thank you guys so much for the great feedback I've gotten so far on my alpha reading call. I may not actually have to do a separate recruiting period for betas! If you'd like to sign up for THAT, it'll be a little while before I'm ready for that, so you may want to go ahead and sign up, or you can let me know in the comments or through the contact form that you'd like me to add you to that list. Click HERE for more info on that!


Today's post will begin a linkup started by Julian. Several other bloggers are getting involved, so keep an eye out for their posts!

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Are you preparing for NaNo? I'm afraid I'm not 100% sure as to whether I'll be doing it this year or not.
 

But if you are, best of luck to you! I'm going to tell you today about the WIP I'm working on right now, a super-secret project that is no-longer-super-secret. But here we go!

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    LE QUESTIONS 

                        1. What is the title, genre, and current status of your WIP

                        I'm not sure yet about the title. But this is the one I'm thinking about:


                        'Twill be something to do with unicorns, something that involves ink and darkness and beautiful words that invokes feelings of both darkness and hope. It will be the most perfect title in the history of novellas, okay?

                        The genre (I think) is dark fantasy, and I'm about 3500 words into it. But I'm writing it for the ROOGLEWOOD CONTEST and I love it to death.

                        2. What do you think makes your story unique?


                        Well...
                        For one thing, it's a story about writers, as a tribute to the worlds we create and the way it consumes us. Also, it's one of the most unique stories I've ever written (and as my alpha knows, I've got some pretty unique stuff up my sleeve :P)

                        3. Where did the title come from?

                        See: above (no title yet.)

                        4. How long have you been working on your WIP?


                        A month of so? But it's been way inconsistent.

                        5. What do you think people will most enjoy about your WIP?

                        I think authors will identify with my characters because they remind them of themselves (at least, I hope they will) and non-writers can just laugh their little heads off because we're just as weird as they thought we were.

                        Also, as it's a Snow White retelling, I'm hopeful that the whole thing will just surprise people, because I'm working the elements into it very loosely, but they're still there. ;)


                        6. Provide a snippet (long or brief) of a favorite scene.

                                        “Wake up!” Miyo crowed, bouncing on his knees in the middle of her bed. “Wakeupwakeupwakeup!”
                                        Briallen tried to simultaneously pull the pillow over her head and swat at him. Cursing her two short arms, she grumbled, “I hope you realize you’re acting like a child.”
                                        “Am I not a child?” Miyo stopped bouncing like the thought had only just occurred to him.
                                        “No. You’re at university, you moron. You’re eighteen years old.”
                                        “Oh, right.” Miyo leapt off of her bed. “I keep having this delusion that I’m ten again.”
                                        It didn’t take that much screaming to get rid of him, and once he was gone, Briallen plopped into the pillow, which acted like a cloud and deflated as she smooshed into it.

                        7. Describe your WIP in ten separate short phrases.

                        Unicorns in an imaginary forest// fantasy world college// writing// poisoned gold// critique groups// rain and sweat and tears and gold// dance to death// unrequited friendship// learning to love// darkness// storyworld within storyworld

                        8. What is the hardest thing to write with this story? What is the easiest?


                        The hardest thing is that my prose style is very different than usual in this story, and it's hard to keep it up. There's a lot more prose and description than there is dialogue (either internal or more than one character) and so I have a lot of difficulty in trying to keep that going.

                        It's easy to write, though, because all the story does is kind of flow out of my fingers which hasn't happened for a very long time and feels really good. ^_^

                        9. A line where the tension builds.

                        Difficult to do that without spoilers, ain't it?

                        Here ya go:


                        Briallen squeezed her pillow instead of a unicorn’s neck, and she cried into a sheet instead of the Hero’s understanding shoulder, and she whispered to herself in the dark. The journal missing from the desk left a gap that she did not understand and did not like.


                        10. Explain the plot in one line.

                        A girl attending college on a scholarship writes a fantasy novel in an attempt to save her family... but she's not the only one who wants her story.



                        Not too much of a post...but I hope you enjoyed it! Be sure to mosey on over to the other stops on this link-up! What do you think of my story? Do you want to hear more? (If you've been considering signing up to alpha read: does this make you more or less enthusiastic? ;/) Chat with me in the comments!

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                        43 comments

                        1. THIS MAKES ME SO READY TO READ THE BOOK!!!!!! *flails*

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                          1. I'M SO EXCITED FOR YOU TO READ IT! *FLAILS RIGHT BACK AT YOU*

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                        2. I NEED TO BETA!!! OH MY WORD!!!
                          This is great! And love the Kuzco Llama at the beginning. :D
                          This retelling sounds so unique. The concept...everything! I hope we all get to see your name on that cover.
                          <3
                          ~Ivie

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                          1. YES YOU DO! I NEED YOU IVIE!

                            I know, I love it too XD That gif is life.

                            I hope so too. That would be beyond dream come true.

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                        3. This sounds awesome! I love the title so much! And I love any story about writers.

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                          1. Thank you, Sarah! I love stories about writers too. I wish there were more of them.

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                        4. UGH I LOVE THAT TEN PHRASE QUESTION (because obviously it was I who came up with it mwahahahaa). So. I would love to beta for you but *sigh* I AM FREAKING BUSY. I am sure it is awesome tho. I PROMISE I'LL BETA/ALPHA WATCHED OR SOMETHING SOMEDAY SO DON'T WORRY.

                          lisa-on-hiatus-but-randomly-yelling-for-no-reason

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                          1. THAT WAS YOU? I CAME REALLY LATE TO THE PARTY LOL.
                            I'd love you to beta too- maybe you can ARC it when I publish it (because it's going to get published even if I don't win this contest ugh.) YOU MUST READ WATCHED SOMEDAY YOU'RE SO GOOD AT IT.

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                          2. Yes, the ten phrase question is THE BEST! I love reading everyone's choices. I think it says more about the story than any of the other answers. *but I could be wrong*
                            ...
                            ANYWAY IT'S AWESOME.

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                        5. INTRIGUING! Can't wait to hear more *hint hint hint*

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                        6. FAAAAITH. THIS SOUNDS SO EPIC OH MY WORD. A storyworld within a storyworld? YESSSSS. Your answer to #7 just awakened my sense. Oh my goodness, what an intriguing story! It just sounds SO unique. AND it's a Snow White retelling? SO UNIQUE. ALL THE UNIQUE.

                          That line you shared in #9 made me FEEL things. I'm already emotionally invested in this story and I've only read like 3 snippets!

                          GAH. This just sounds amazing!

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                          1. THANK YOU CHRISTINE. I think it's very unique, which is weird but... also kind of awesome??
                            I'm so glad!! I want to win this contest really badly... and the thing is that with this story I think I might actually be able to. O_O

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                        7. You go girl! This book sounds will look (many more o's) epic!Can't find words to describe emotions this book brought out of me... Faith....... You have outdone yourself;)

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                        8. Seriously. This sounds so cool!!! I can't wait to learn more as you answer the rest of the questions!!

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                        9. Oh my gosh!!!! This sounds sooo good!!!! Your writing is amazing!!

                          -Lilah
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                        10. I CAN'T WAIT TO READ THIIIIIIS!!!!! *bounces around squealing* It sounds sooooooo good. :D :D :D

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                        11. Me after the first few questions: *nods head* Looks kinda interesting.

                          Me after the one line plot: *frantic flailing and screaming* I NEED THIS BOOK FAITH OMG WRITE THIS THING SO I CAN READ IT BECAUSE I NEED THIS IN MY LIFEEE!!!

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                          1. I'M WRITING IT AS FAST AS I CAN!!! (But don't worry, it'll be done as soon as I can write it and send it to my alphas/betas...) XD

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                        12. This sounds so cool. I definitely want to read this, you had me at unicorns.

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                          1. Thanks, Skye :) The unicorns definitely need to have a bigger presence in the story than they do at the moment... but I'm working on that XD

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                        13. Okay, so HOW did I never hear that you were asking for alpha readers????? Good gracious - the next two months are going to be INSANE for me (... I'm freaking out just thinking about it ... *shudders*) BUT I might have to go ahead and sign up for beta reading anyways xD. This post was so epic to read, and your story sounds INCREDIBLE. I really hope that you get to be one of the five winners! <3 <3

                          ~ Savannah | Scattered Scribblings

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                          1. Ugh, I'm so sorry. Busy months are the worst. :P I hope so too, and good luck to your story- it deserves to win also!

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                        14. This sounds sooo good!!!! Your writing is amazing!! thanks for sharing that..
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                          1. Thank you so much, and thanks for commenting!

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                        15. Wow, this looks REALLY good! I can't wait to read your answers to the next questions. Your snippet was so funny! Who ever Miyo is, he's GREAT. "Am I not a child?" lol

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                          1. Thanks, Evangeline. I need to come and read your answers too. XD and Miyo is amazing.

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                        16. "she cried into a sheet instead of the Hero’s understanding shoulder" < This spoke to me as a reader... ;P

                          I think your story sounds fascinating, Faith! - writing about a writer is pretty cool. :)
                          Jem Jones

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                          1. Thanks, Jem. The whole thing is kind of a tribute to writers, and readers.

                            Your answers were epic! Can't wait to read the rest of them ^_^

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                        17. The plot line is fantastic!!! Go for it!!!

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                        18. THAT SOUNDS AMAZING!!! Can't wait to hear more!!! I think I am too late to sign up as an Alpha reader, but I will definitely try to be a Beta reader. ;-D
                          (Loved your GIFs btw. ;-D Especially the Quicksilver one and the Emperor's New Groove one. XD)

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                          1. You're not actually too late, but I'm so happy to have so much interest in my little story!

                            The gifs are amazing, aren't they? XD

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                        19. THIS. SOUNDS. AMAZING!!! :D I would really, really love to read it someday. ^_^

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                          1. I hope you get the chance to! ^_^ Thanks for your sweet words!

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                        20. Oh my goodness. I signed up!!! I have a couple questions though. Am I automatically able to alpha or beta read, or will you inform us later? And, did my form go through? I had a couple troubles and ended up going back to the page a couple times. I want to make sure that it went through. lol
                          “Oh, right.” Miyo leapt off of her bed. “I keep having this delusion that I’m ten again.” —xD
                          God Bless! ;)

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                          1. Yay!

                            I got your response, no worries :) It came through, and I'll be sending you some info on that in a couple of days, along with everyone else who has signed up.

                            Lol, I love that part.

                            Thanks, you too!

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                          2. lol, I'm glad. I'll be waiting and I can't wait to see what you've written. Hopefully, I'll be able help you through some rough spots, if you have any. ;)
                            Thank you!

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