beautiful people #26 ft. my writing process

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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. 

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Beautiful People :: September Edition

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Beautiful People is a writing link-up hosted by Sky and Cait and it’s designed to help writers get to know their characters. Sooo this is awkard but I kind-of may have forgotten to participate in last month’s Beautiful People. I intended to publish a post in the second half of the month but after the first week of August, I was working on smaller projects (poetry and short-stories) and then school started….so I never ended up working on my WIP or the blog post.

But the motivational “you should write every day” posts I was reading this morning finally got through to me and here I am! In case you’re wondering, I have written five chapters or 10K words so far (which is the farthest I’ve ever gotten so I think the fact that I still want to finish this book is a good sign). Also, The Good, The Bad, The Inbetween (still haven’t found a better or shorter title) is written from the perspective of two characters (Sindhu and Sara) so this post is going to feature both of them.

Q&A

1. They’re in a crisis: who would they really like to see right now?

Probably each other. Sindhu and Sara have been through a lot of crazy shit together so I think that no matter what the nature of the crisis is, they’d want the other person to be there for them.

2. Are they easy to get along with?

To put it bluntly, Sara can be a bitch. She doesn’t try to be mean but she’s really blunt/outspoken and occassionally bossy. If you get on her good side, then she will stand up for you and be there for you and just be amazing to you (most of the time). But if you get on her bad side, she won’t hesitate to tell you how she feels. Sindhu is the easiest to get along with. She’s a people-pleaser and semi-shy/quiet around strangers. Sindhu always makes a concentrated effort to be nice.

3. Who was the last person they had a deep conversation with?

Right now..That would be each other. They play Truth or Dare and Sindhu ends up sharing some dirty secrets and agreeing to go to a gay bar (..I know, it’s getting pretty crazy.).

4. They’re in the middle of a huge crowd of people: how do they feel?

Sara doesn’t mind crowds but she finds it annoying when people invade her personal space. Sindhu, on the other hand, hates crowds. She’s a bit of an introvert so she doesn’t really like being surrounded by so many people.

5. Do they believe in luck or miracles?

Sindhu believes in luck and/or miracles…but Sara believes in making her own luck.

6. Do they like and get along with their neighbours?

Gah..I forgot about their neighbours! Well Sindhu doesn’t have neighbours because the flat next door is broken down and the owner hasn’t bothered getting it fixed (yet). Sara doesn’t really know or care about her neighbors. From my experience, most people living in a flat in Hong Kong, usually don’t care that much about their neighbours. I mean yes, we say hi in the elevator and exchange pleasantries but we don’t get up close and personal or spend time together. Obviously there are exceptions, but this has been my relationship with my neighbors in the seven-eight years I’ve lived in Hong Kong.

7. If they could travel anywhere in the world, where would they go?

Sara wants to go to the Maldives because something about beaches and resorts appeals to her. Sindhu wants to go to Italy. She doesn’t know why.

8. How do they feel about their body?

Sindhu is incredibly self-conscious. She can’t help over-analyzing herself no matter what she wears and she always nit-picks for flaws. Sara is a lot more confident because she exercises on the weekends and has a fit/toned body.

9. What is the cruellest thing someone has ever said to them? How did they react?

I don’t think I’ve gotten far enough into the book (yet) to answer this question – especially since Sara because she usually lets stuff just wash over her (she can be a bit self-centered). But in the first chapter, Sindhu remembers overhearing her mother implying that her best friend had suicide because he was gay. This is (so far) the cruellest thing she’s heard.

10. What’s the kindest thing someone has ever said to them? How did they react?

For Sindhu, it’s the moment when Sara tells her she forgives her and demands that Sindhu stop blaming herself for Shawn’s death/suicide. Sindhu reacts by saying she can’t move on. Once again, I’m not really sure about Sara. So far, the focus has been more on Sindhu because she is being abused by her mom and is trying to find her father (I still don’t know how she’s going to do that because the odds are pretty low, he’d be living in Hong Kong..).

So! What’s up? How is your writing going? And what do you think is the hardest part about writing? AND most importantly, if you have writing-related pinterest boards like “character inspiration” – please tell me! I WILL FOLLOW YOU. 🙂

Beautiful People :: July Edition

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Hey guys! I finally took the plunge and decided to participate in the July Edition of Beautiful People. Beautiful People is a linkup hosted by Sky and Cait and it’s designed to help writers get to know their characters. For a while now, I’d been wrestling with the plot of my book (The Good, The Bad, The Inbetween or TGTBTI) and writer’s block but yesterday I finally sat down and fixed it..I think. Anyway, I decided I needed to flesh out my characters some more and I know Beautiful People will help me do that. TGTBTI alternates between the POVs of my two MC’s: Sara and Sindhu so this post is going to feature both of them. (The images below were taken from the pinterest board dedicated to TGTBTI. The girl on the left is Sara and the girl on the right is Sindhu.)

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Q&A

1. What’s their favourite ice cream flavour?

Sindhu loves cookies n’ cream icecream while Sara prefers vanilla.

2. Your character is getting ready for a night out. Where are they going? What are they wearing? Who will they be with?

Sindhu is a very shy, introverted character but she does love her night outs with friends. I think Sindhu would probably wear a sweater dress over black leggings and boots. Sara would probably pick something like a black strapless mini (that just happens to show some cleavage). The MC’s usually play the role of “good girls” and hang out at the nearest Starbuck’s coffee shop in Stanley but if they really want to party, they’ll head to a bar in Lan Kwai Fong. Sindhu doesn’t have very many friends because she can be pretty antisocial but Sara occasionally hangs out with people from their school.

3. Look at your character’s feet. Describe what you see there. Do they wear dress shoes, gym shoes, or none at all? Are they in socks that are ratty and full of holes? What do they consider comfortable and what do they consider agony?

Sindhu is all about comfort so she’ll be wearing sports shoes 90% of the time. Heels are the bane of her existence but Sara loves them (too bad you can’t run in them right?).

4. Do they have any birthmark or scars? Where are they and how did they get them?

Sara doesn’t have a birthmark but Sindhu has one right next to her belly button.

5. What kind of music do they listen to? Does it change depending on their mood or is it always consistent? (Feel free to share samples!)

The music definitely changes depending on their mood – they both like to listen to something that matches their mood and gravitate toward the more “popular” songs. Sindhu likes bollywood music and Sara occasionally listens to American pop music.

6. Do they have any musical talent? Play an instrument? How’s their singing voice?

Sindhu is in Women’s Choir so she has a great singing voice (but she never does solos because *ack* stage fright!). Sara’s really outspoken and confident but unfortunately she doesn’t make music.

7. What kind of book would you catch them reading?

Sindhu: The Fault in our Stars

Sara: Pretty Little Liars

8. How would they spend their summers (or their holidays)?

Sara would go to Hawaii and spend 90% of her time on the beach. Sindhu, on the other hand, would probably be holed up in her room, reading something or watching youtube.

9. It’s Saturday at noon. What is your character doing? Give details. Ex. If they’re eating breakfast, what’s on the menu? Are they hiking, shopping, lazing around?

Sara will be waking up because she slept late last night. Then she’s going to eat some frozen yogurt and granola bars for breakfast (she’s lazy). Sindhu is probably trying and failing to do homework because she has a huge stack of library books waiting to be read…and then decides to just eat lunch (dhal and rice).

10. Is there anything your character wants to be free of?

Sara is trying to overcome her anxiety issues – she used pills to cope before and that ruined her friendship with Sindhu. But after Shawn’s death, she can’t bear the thought of living life in a daze any more. Sindhu is struggling with the guilt she feels for not taking action after finding out what Shawn was going through. She thinks that if she had done something, he might not have had suicide.

So what are you guys working on at the moment? I’d love to read any teasers/snippets/summaries and anything else you want to share with me.