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. 

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Beautiful Books #1 // Introducing my NaNo WIP

So this weekend, I finally got around to plotting my NaNo novel and since I finally have a better idea of what this book is going to be about, I threw together a Beautiful Books post! This is only my second time doing NaNoWriMo – the first time was two years ago anddidn’t win but I wrote 16,000 words. Last year I was planning on doing NaNoWriMo but I kind of fell out of love with my novel idea and ditched it (I had no backup okay!!). By the way, Beautiful Books is a writing link-up that focuses on your NaNoWriMo novel or another WIP you would prefer to talk about. 

beautiful books

How did you come up with the idea for your novel, and how long have you had the idea?

I was on tumblr and I saw a post about how there should be more books with magic in a “modern-day setting” like you can go to Starbucks and there will be witches who serve you drinks with “a little extra.” This idea just kind of stuck with me for a few weeks and evolved into something else where I decided that I want my book to have magical realism (the acceptance of magic in the rational world) but that shouldn’t be the plot or main focus – instead I  want the story to focus on the main character’s struggle with anxiety & panic attacks (which means it’s also going to have a bit of a contemporary feel to it). Anyway, I guess I’ve had the idea for about two months (I really don’t keep track of these things haha).

Why are you excited to write this novel?

(Correct me if I’m wrong but) I don’t think a book like the one I want to write for NaNo exists yet so I feel like my idea is really original. Maybe it isn’t but the fact that wrote it will (hopefully) make it different from whatever is already out there. But I’m actually equally nervous because my NaNo novel  will be very diverse and there will be at-least two if not more issues that I’ll be addressing through the MC’s POV (which haven’t personally experienced).. 

What is your novel about, and what is the title?

I initially named it magic and madness but like I said, the magic isn’t supposed to be the focus of the novel so the working title is now Vivid. My novel is about an 16 year-old girl named Radha, who belongs to an Indian family of witches, and is struggling with depression and anxiety while trying to keep her younger sister (Sathya) from doing something stupid in her quest to be the “stereotypical teenager.” (Also, everyone is aware that magic exists because they possess at-least a shred of magic.)

Sum up your characters in one word each. (Feel free to add pictures!)

Okay this is incredibly difficult (especially since I am still getting to know my characters) so I’ll have to cheat a little! 

Radha (main character) – Artist // Loves swimming in the Sea

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Sathya (Radha’s sister) – Reckless

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Which character(s) do you think will be your favourite to write? Tell us about them!

Sathya will be very interesting to write because she’s a very reckless and impulsive character. She will make the most random decisions and find ways to justify them.  Another interesting thing about her is that she has chromesthesia (sound-to-color synesthesia) and she’s a pianist. That means that when Sathya plays the piano, she will hear music that she will associate with different colors. 

What is your protagonist’s goal, and what stands in the way?

Her goal is to survive the school year (and hopefully have a decent GPA) and the only thing standing in her way…is well her mental illness. There’s also the fact that her sister is not making the best decisions.

Where is your novel set? (Show us pictures if you have them!)

Hong Kong! It’s actually perfect because Radha happens to love swimming in the ocean (which is actually possible where I live – there’s even a small beach five minutes away).

What is the most important relationship your character has?

I think Radha’s relationship with her sister is incredibly important because Sathya is the one who is there for her when it matters despite her fickle/flighty nature. They look out for each other. 

How does your protagonist change by the end of the novel?

I think she will be way more confident and more likely to advocate for herself and her needs. 

What themes are in your book? How do you want your readers to feel when the story is over?

I guess the main theme is growing up (and making less bad decisions?..idk..) and there’s definitely diversity (main characters are Indian).. I want the ending to feel bittersweet (because that’s the way I always feel at the end of the day). 

I just don’t know which genre my NaNo novel belongs in because there is magic but it’s not the focus of the book at all. 

I’m skipping the bonus question this time because I want to write 50K in a month first before I start dishing out advice. 

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#AmWriting :: Publication News // A WIP // Short Stories

This week’s #AmWriting post is basically an explosion of all the writing related things I’ve been up to for the last month and week..Which is actually quite a lot because I was on holiday with nothing to do but read, write and blog.

publication news

My poem, you ask” was one of those poems and was recently published by Germ Magazine which is “for girls—high school and beyond—that celebrates beginnings, futures, and all the amazing and agonizing moments in-between.” This poem was kind-of an experiment – I was trying to put myself in the shoes of a character I’d just invented and wrote down thoughts from their perspective. Later, I ended up converting it from prose to poetry. Other poems are forthcoming in Parallel Ink and Scrittura Magazine (I’m excited!).

I’ve been over the moon about the fact that my poetry has been accepted and published by these amazing magazines (that have also happened to feature work from writers that I’ve admired and recently discovered). This was my first time submitting to literary magazines but I’m glad I took the plunge. 

my WIP

Last month I participated in some word sprints here and there (even though I wasn’t doing Camp NaNoWriMo) because these sprints motivated me to write. I’m currently on the fourth chapter of the The Good, The Bad, The Inbetween (and no, I am not any closer to finding a better title!). Self-doubt has always crippled me to the point where I never got past the first couple of chapters of every novel I started. So it’s a weird feeling to be on the fourth chapter of this book and realize that I’m still passionate about this book and I still want to finish it! However, I’m feeling rather passionate about poetry at the moment and want to keep writing poems while I feel inspired.

Short Stories

One of my writing goals for this year was to write more short stories (because practice makes perfect and I really need the practice). And I’ve finally started working toward achieving that goal by writing and posting my work on Figment! My username is Rachana (if you were wondering.. you probably weren’t).

So what are you guys working on at the minute? Do you guys struggle with self doubt when you write? Do you have any writing successes to share?

Do you prefer to read?