Snazzy Snippets | NaNoWriMo Edition

snazzy snippets

Snazzy Snippets is an awesome bimonthly link-up for writers. It’s hosted by Emily @ Loony Literate and Alyssa @ The Devil Orders Takeout. It’s a great opportunity to share snippets of your writing (500 words or less).

This month I am participating in NaNoWriMo (find out more about my novel here). I have written about 11,000 words so far and the pinterest board will hopefully keep me from running out of inspiration! Without further ado, I am going to go ahead and share snippets from my WIP: Vivid. 

A snippet without dialogue

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A snippet featuring a friend/family member

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A snippet that took FOREVER to write

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I admit these snippets are very rough indeed (but my first drafts are very messy) so I hope you guys enjoyed reading these snippets anyway. Now time for a bit of context! 

The first snippet is from the start of chapter 1 and sort-of describes a dream Radha has about her girlfriend. I’m was intentionally vague when I wrote it but now I’m not sure whether I should flesh it out more. The second snippet is from the end of the first chapter – my main character, Radha, isn’t feeling so great and she feels like her sister is very annoying (and later, insensitive).  I didn’t really know what to do for the last snippet because the words have come to me pretty easily this first week..so I ended up picking the snippet that took (comparatively) longer to write. It took me awhile because I wasn’t sure whether to “expose Damien and Ming’s relationship or have him tell her. For the sake of conflict (and to prevent me from falling asleep while editing), I ended up having Radha walk in on their make out session. 

You can add me as a writing buddy here & check out my pinterest board here

So are you participating in NaNoWriMo? And if so, how is that going for you? Tell me about your WIPs (is progress slow)? And well, how was your day??

Monthly Recap: September

Hey guys!

This month was a weird combination of stressful and relaxing. I had a lot of down time but there were also a lot of moments where I would be freaking out over that essay I wrote for an AP class or whether I formatted a lab report correctly before submitting it. I got to spend a lot of “me time” just relaxing with a book, fifteen minutes before class started or spending forty minutes in the library on late start days drafting a new short-story. Unfortunately, I am now starting to feel the pressure – I have the PSAT on my birthday – October 14th and I’ve also been trying to figure out my summer plans (not long before I have to send applications!). Oh and three days ago, I got a new phone! I am now the proud owner of an iPhone 6s in gold finish. Unfortunately I also spent two hours, today, updating my laptop and iTunes and backing up to my new hard-drive (because why not?) so that I could sync my phone with iTunes. 

Blog Posts

BOOK REVIEWS

A Court of Thorns and Roses || In Which I Am Disappointed By My Favorite Author

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir || A Book That Felt Cliché

Lips Touch: Three Times || 3 Stories That Left Me Yearning For More

BLOG AWARDS

The Blogger Recognition Award

The Liebster Award

One Lovely Blog Award

OTHER

Book Haul! (5)

Snazzy Snippets | Icecream (sort-of), Pride (not really), and The First Paragraph

Beautiful People :: September Edition

October TBR

I am most definitely a mood reader but lately I’ve been craving a little more structure so I’ve decided to add a tbr aspect to these monthly recap posts. This TBR is based on the books I want to read/finish/start and all of the books below will be books I already own or can borrow from the (digital) library. I’ve been meaning to finish more books I already own so hopefully this will help me do that! (Note: I am currently reading Bone Gap and A History of Glitter and Blood but I will end up finishing them both in October.)

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I’m on Instagram!

That’s right, I have an instagram account which I actually made a while ago and forgot about (AWKWARD). I only started posting photos yesterday so I don’t have anything apart from a selfie and a snap of my Kindle (I was reading One). I plan on uploading more images (of better quality!) as soon as I get my new phone up and running.

So how was your month? Did you get a lot done or procrastinate (like me)?

Snazzy Snippets | Icecream (sort-of), Pride (not really), and The First Paragraph

snazzy snippets

Snazzy Snippets is any awesome bimonthly link-up for writers. It’s hosted by Emily @ Loony Literate and Alyssa @ The Devil Orders Takeout. It’s a great opportunity to share snippets of your writing (500 words or less).

I was actually organizing all my writing projects last night (in terms of importance and what I want to get done first)…and I was feeling a teeny-tiny bit overwhelmed at the thought of writing every day. I’ve sort-of tried to do that this week but it’s harder than I expected and I feel like I’m running love on creativity (if that makes any sense..)… buuut hopefully this will inspire me to keep plowing on. By the way, all snippets have been taken from TGTBTI, a YA contemporary about suicide and friendship (I might end up changing the plot so I’m trying to stay adaptable.)

A snippet with FOOD in it

Screen Shot 2015-09-12 at 7.52.12 PMI searched long and hard…but with only five chapters finished, I don’t really have a snippet with food so I picked this scene (even though I know the focus isn’t even the icecream) However, I am working on a brand new project – one that I’m even more excited about and it is definitely going to feature food (as evidenced by the pins).

A Snippet You’re Really Proud Of

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To be honest, I’m not really that proud of this scene – I’m pretty sure it needs to be edited but it’s part of the first chapter which I sort-of edited before posting online..So I figured why not! But I don’t think I’ll have any scenes that I’m proud of until I start editing this book.

The First Paragraph From A WIPScreen Shot 2015-09-12 at 8.11.46 PMI would be more nervous about sharing this..but the entire first chapter is already on wattpad and figment. (But I am nervous.. my blog gets way more views than my profiles on those sites probably do!) Also this is more like a couple of paragraphs but since the first scene is less than 500 words, I thought I may as well share the entire scene.


Soo this was fun! Even though I did cringe a bit when I imagined all my blog readers eying my poorly written snippets. (Please keep in mind this is a FIRST DRAFT. I REPEAT: IT IS A FIRST DRAFT.) So what are you guys writing? Have you hit 10K, 20K, or accomplished some of your writing goals?

Snazzy Snippets

snazzy snippets Snazzy Snippets is a bimonthly link-up hosted by Loony Literate and The Devil Orders Takeout. Ever since hearing about it on Twitter, I have been thinking about this link-up. And today I finally got around to writing up a post and sharing my snippets. (By the way, if you want to participate, go here.)

The first two snippets are from Sindhu’s perspective but Snippet #3 is from Sara’s perspective. All snippets are taken from the second chapter of my WIP (The Good, The Bad, The Inbetween) but the first chapter can be found here. I’m not sure if I’ll keep posting chapters because I feel like the rest of the book is going to be a lot more messy and I’ll just be focusing on getting all the words out..And hence I won’t bother editing it afterward just so I can post online.

Snippet #1: A snippet that shows your MC’s personality

“Apparently I have disciplinary issues, Ms. Liu,” I blurt, regretting the words the instant they slip out of my mouth.

“Call me Aria.” She jots something down. “How do you feel about being described that way?”

“I don’t know,” I mutter. “She’s my mom so I guess she knows best,” I parrot back at her what my mother tells me every time I question her decisions.

“You really think that?”

“Yes,” I say listlessly and to my satisfaction, disappointment glimmers in her brown eyes.

“Describe yourself,” says Aria.

I sigh, deciding to play along. “Um..I hate crowds, I like eating cookies n’ cream ice-cream, I can be anti-social, I love Bollywood music..” My voice trails off but Aria is nodding encouragingly. “You know I’m fine right?”

“I know that it’s okay not to be fine,” says Aria. “And I know I wouldn’t be fine if my best friend killed himself.”

“I’m not fine,” I say meekly.

Snippet #2: A snippet featuring the villain

“What the hell did you do?” snarls my mother. She slaps me across the face, so hard that I fall to the floor, clutching my phone. I know what comes next. I know what comes next. She grimly stares at me, zeroing in on the phone but surprisingly doesn’t try to take it from me.

“You are in so much trouble. Your therapist charges a shitload of money and you just walked out of there before your appointment ended.” She pulls her hand back, winding up to slap me again but I recoil and she misses. “You bitch,” she grabs my arm, nails digging in like claws and shoves me in the direction of my bedroom. “Go to you room but first, take a shower. You stink,” her lip curls as she surveys me. I scrabble to get out of her way, almost dropping my phone in my hurry to escape to the bathroom.

Snippet #3: A snippet that’s mostly dialogue

“What the hell Sindhu?” I begin. Anger for her irresponsibility mingles with concern and she has the grace to look ashamed. “Are you trying to kill yourself?”

“No,” whispers Sindhu. “I’m sorry, I ..” her eyes focus on her muddy clothes and hair. “My mom is going to kill me.” When she turns her face I notice a fresh bruise on her cheek.

“Who did this to you?” I ask.

“My mom,” says Sindhu faintly.

Oh my god. Ms. Mehra is into child abuse? That cruel witch.

“Sara?” Sindhu rasps. “Can you help me clean off my clothes?” Rain is still falling heavily from the sky..and I get an idea. I explain it to Sara and she hesitantly takes of her shirt, shivering in a black bra.

How did you faint?” I ask as I scrub the mud from her shirt by rubbing it against the blank grave stone. I still can’t believe his asshole parents would do something like that to him. I hand her the shirt and wait for her response.

My mom was mad at me because I ditched my therapist before the appointment ended..and I wanted to see Shawn’s grave..I had to avoid her..she’s going to be so mad when she see’s I cut myself..but it was raining..” That’s technically not even an answer but Sindhu’s voice peters out and I’m just relieved that she’s okay so I let it go. Or that she’s going to be okay. Take your pick.

“Pants.” Sindhu obediently slips out of her black pants and I scrub them too.

So what about you guys? What are you working on right now? Do you share snippets of your WIPs online or do you prefer to be secretive? Feel free to link to your own Snazzy Snippets posts in the comments below – I’d love to see them!