beautiful people #26 ft. my writing process

beautiful people

HI EVERYONE!

Now that summer break has arrived, I finally have more time to blog and write. This year, I decided to participate in Camp NaNoWriMo for the first time ever. I’m usually traveling during July but this time I’m spending the summer at home so I decided to make some progress in writing my book. I have never won NaNoWriMo before although I have attempted it several times (and regretted it). Bad decisions were made people. Anyway, I checked Cait’s blog, Paper Fury, for the eighth time today and realized I should do Beautiful People!! I’ve intended to join in for awhile (ever since I did it back in 2016) but either forgot or didn’t have time. 

Q&A

How do you decide which project to work on?

I don’t?? I attempt to work on five projects at once and make zero progress?? Ok real talk: I prioritise projects based on interest and time (or deadlines!). I’m currently focusing on my Camp NaNo project because I want to finish a book by the end of the year. I decided to work on this book project because I’m in love with the idea, the characters are awesome, and I managed to successfully outline the book. If I can successfully flesh out an idea and I’m still passionate about it after a few months, I know it’s a project I want to work on. Unfortunately, interest often fizzles out or ideas don’t hold upon closer inspection.

Other ongoing things I write include poetry and short stories. Poems can take an hour or a week but if I’m excited about it, I will come back to it and keep working on it. When I’m deciding what short story to write, I usually consider upcoming deadlines and where I might submit it. Then, I try to pick the ideas with the most potential and if it doesn’t work out, I move on to the next thing. 

How long does it usually take you to finish a project?

This is my first time writing a full length novel but I estimate it will take me a few months of dedicated writing to finish the first draft. I try not to drag out projects because I’ll eventually lose interest and want to move on. It takes me a day or two to draft short stories or poems and then I’ll spend up to several weeks editing them. 

Do you have any routines to put you in the writing mood?

I like to listen to music. Right now, I’m obsessed with the soundtrack for Goblin (one of my favorite Kdramas!). I also spend up to an hour reading books or short fiction by authors I admire before I begin writing. I think consumption and creation go hand in hand.

What time of day do you write best?

I’ve noticed that I tend to get a lot more writing done in the evening and at night but that is mostly because I procrastinate in the morning and feel the pressure to be productive when the day has almost ended. But I’m trying to be flexible because I don’t think it matters what time of the day I write.

Are there any authors you think you have a similar style to?

I’m not sure. Instead, I will tell you some authors whose writing style I absolutely love: Victoria Schwab, Renee Ahdieh, and Nina LaCour.

Why did you start writing, and why do you keep writing?

I started writing because I wanted to express myself. I keep writing because I hope that someday, people will read my stories and see themselves represented in them. 

What’s the hardest thing you’ve written?

Some poems I’ve written lately were very honest and raw and personal. I’m not sure whether I’ll eventually share them with the world but for now, they can hibernate in my drafts folder. 

Is there a project you want to tackle someday but you don’t feel ready yet?

I don’t think I’m 100% ready to tackle any of the writing projects I begin working on. After all, I’m still learning how to plot and develop three dimensional characters and establish conflict. That said, I want to write a book based on Hindu myths and I don’t feel ready to tackle that yet. I’m worried I won’t do it justice. Last year, I brainstormed ideas, created some characters and wrote random scenes but stopped because it felt too ambitious. I hope to tackle it sometime next year after finishing editing my Camp NaNo project because I think I’ll be more prepared and “ready” to write the Hindu myth book then. 

What writing goals did you make for 2017 and how are they going?

I shared some writing goals in my new year’s resolutions for 2017 post and provided an update last month in an  #amwriting post! 

OK BUT TELL US YOUR GOALS.. My writing goals were basically to finish projects, write more short fiction, continue to write poetry, and to write a full length novel! I also wanted to write more often. I was hoping to rewrite The Deadline and draft the Hindu myth book. Another goal was to request feedback and submit writing. 

HOW HAVE YOU DONE SO FAR? I’ve done a better job of finishing short stories. I’m not satisfied with anything I’ve written so far though so I haven’t submitted them anywhere. I’m still writing poetry and getting it published. I ended up completely changing the plot and characters of The Deadline and the result is the book I’m drafting for Camp NaNo. Like I said, I think I’m going to hold off writing the Hindu myth book. 

Describe your writing process in 3 words or a gif!

Tedious, frustrating, and painful. 

So tell me, how is your writing going? Are you participating in Camp NaNo? Did you achieve your writing goals for 2017? How has the year been so far? 

book review: lady midnight by cassandra clare ~ an wildly compelling story

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Release Date
: March 8 2016

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Rating: 5 stars
Goodreads Blurb: 

In a kingdom by the sea…

In a secret world where half-angel warriors are sworn to fight demons, parabatai is a sacred word.

parabatai is your partner in battle. A parabatai is your best friend. Parabatai can be everything to each other—but they can never fall in love.

Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter, and the best in her generation. She lives for battle. Shoulder to shoulder with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries—the most powerful of supernatural creatures—teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries turn up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge—and Julian’s chance to get back his brother Mark, who is being held prisoner by the faerie Courts. All Emma, Mark, and Julian have to do is solve the murders within two weeks…and before the murderer targets them.

Their search takes Emma from sea caves full of sorcery to a dark lottery where death is dispensed. And each clue she unravels uncovers more secrets. What has Julian been hiding from her all these years? Why does Shadowhunter Law forbid parabatai to fall in love? Who really killed her parents—and can she bear to know the truth?

The darkly magical world of Shadowhunters has captured the imaginations of millions of readers across the globe. Join the adventure in Lady Midnight, the long-awaited first volume of a new trilogy from Cassandra Clare.

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book review: splintered by a.g. howard

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Publisher: Amulet Books
Release Date: January 1 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Rating: 5 stars
Goodreads Blurb: 

This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence.

Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.

When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.

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book review: flame tree road by shona patel

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Publisher: Mira
Release date: June 30 2015
Genres: Historical Fiction
Rating: 5 stars
Goodreads Blurb:

From the acclaimed author of Teatime for the Firefly comes the story of a man with dreams of changing the world, who finds himself changed by love

1870s India. In a tiny village where society is ruled by a caste system and women are defined solely by marriage, young Biren Roy dreams of forging a new destiny. When his mother suffers the fate of widowhood—shunned by her loved ones and forced to live in solitary penance—Biren devotes his life to effecting change.

Biren’s passionate spirit blossoms as wildly as the blazing flame trees of his homeland. With a law degree, he goes to work for the government to pioneer academic equality for girls. But in a place governed by age-old conventions, progress comes at a price, and soon Biren becomes a stranger among his own countrymen.

Just when his vision for the future begins to look hopeless, he meets Maya, the independent-minded daughter of a local educator, and his soul is reignited. It is in her love that Biren finally finds his home, and in her heart that he finds the hope for a new world.

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3 reasons why “hold” by rachel davidson leigh is awesome

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Publisher: Duet Books
Release date: October 20, 2016
Genres: YA, LGBT
Pages: 270
Rating: 4 stars
Goodreads Blurb:

Luke Aday knew that his sister’s death was imminent—she had been under hospice care for months—but that didn’t make her death any easier on him or their family. He returns to school three days after the funeral to a changed world; his best friends welcome him back with open arms, but it isn’t the same. But when a charismatic new student, Eddie Sankawulo, tries to welcome Luke to his own school, something life-changing happens: In a moment of frustration, Luke runs into an empty classroom, hurls his backpack against the wall—and the backpack never lands. Luke Aday has just discovered that he can stop time.

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