Everything is grey nowadays, and I’m also feeling a little grey…(
It has nothing to do with my estranged job hunt or career search.) There has been lots of hurt and anger recently from the heartwrenching news in our neighbouring country, America. At times like these, the most important thing to remember is love. Hate will not get us anywhere, only to more hate. And before we are the colour of our skins or gender, we are human beings, created by God who is able to do immeasurably more than we can imagine. I’m learning to trust in him more and lean in on his guidance in these hard times.
Bleak news aside, I have a happy announcement to make. I was nominated for my very first blog award by the wonderful Creative Girl’s Everything Blog! (Be sure to check out her blog; she’s awesome.)
It’s called the Original Outstanding Blogger Award, and this is how it works:
- Provide the link to the creator’s original award post. (very important: see why in step 5)
- Answer the questions provided.
- Create 7 unique questions.
- Nominate 10 bloggers. Ensure that they are aware of their nomination. Neither the award’s creator nor the blogger that nominated you can be nominated.
- At the end of 2020, every blog that ping-backs the creator’s original post will be entered to win the 2020 Outstanding Blogger Award!
This award was created by Colton Beckwith.
What colour is your bedroom?
I want to say dusty baby blue, but it is actually light brown wood panelling.
Have you ever broken/ dropped and broken a glass plate or cup?
I hope I shall never have to count how many I have broken. Plus, living in a small house with two other younger persons will guarantee such accidents.
How many siblings do you have? (If you have any)
It’s the aforementioned two: My brother, who a lot of people mistake as my twin, and my sister, who is the boss lady.
Do you like the colour rose gold?
Yes! It’s quite beautiful.
Are you allergic to cats?
Yes. I will die if I am exposed to cats. (Okay, that is a bit of an exaggeration, but I do have a severe reaction to cats. And more. You don’t want to know how many allergies I have.)
Do you like badgers?
Am I a Narnia fanatic? (Yes, I do love badgers. There’s no way one wouldn’t love the striped furry cuteness that is a badger.)
Have you ever written a book? (Published or not, Poetry or story)
Yes. Counting from my adolescence, I have written at least eight books. Perchance more that I wish to forget about.
- You are invited for a dinner with God. He tells you that you can invite anyone (dead or alive, fictional or nonfictional) to the dinner. Who would you invite, and why?
- If you were a music period, which one would you be? (Baroque, Classical, Beethoven, Romantic, 20th century, Modern → Pop culture)
- Would you rather be named after a university or a city (could be a road, idk)
- Would you rather work in a music studio or in a book store?
- Top three of your greatest authors?
- Do you have a book-character crush? If so, who was your first?
- If you were the book’s antagonist, which type would you be?
- the evil villain
- the insane villain
- the envious villain
- the ethical villain
- Jenna Terese
- Kenechi Duatron
- Writing for Christ
- Bella Putt
- Emma Starr
- Mere Colloquials
- Bree Dawn
- Ash Ronnel
- Jai Lynn
Thank you Lrose5!
And now for a quick update on my WIPs.
As most of you might know, I’ve been working on a new WIP, Woodstone Abbey, for the past two months or so. And here, I want to divulge to you a little snippet of how my writing looks like a little:
This is where I create a library that is a Pinterest board for my WIP, document endless character charts and whatnots in the Google Drive folder for the WIP, and write my 0.5 draft.
Yes, that’s it. I start with a draft of the WIP with version 0.5, which is where I write everything I believe is what the story should contain. I usually start with a vague outline just to see where the story takes me. I write more documents about the WIP like short stories based on the WIP, timelines, and whatever else I see fit.
This is actually where the outlining phase comes in. I stop writing my 0.5 draft (I don’t finish it, I just need to have a solid idea of the WIP) and set it aside to stew for a while. I continue my Brainstorming as I pull together the story structure together into something coherent. This is also where I start thinking about what my story composition is, such as the theme or thesis, as I like to call it. I use the Story Ember’s Three-Act Plot Sheet as my rough estimate and also consult story structures like those on K. M. Weiland’s website.
I try to make my outlines as vague and as precise as possible, which makes no sense, but it essentially means I know enough to move the story along in the “right” direction, but not enough so that I can let my creativity run amok.
And we come full circles! I write a 1.0 draft of the WIP, then a 1.5 and up to 2.0 drafts. That’s usually as far as I write, but in the future, I may write more drafts.
For example, my WIP Juliet the 1100th is in an interesting place since I initially planned it to be a trilogy. I developed an unremovable loathing for trilogies; I ended up smashing the three stories together into a book with three parts. Hence, this is one of my WIPs where one section is still a 1.5 and another is 0.5 or 1.0. It does get a little confusing sometimes.
And that’s basically how I would write a given novel. I have a penchant for writing volumes upon volumes, and editing is still a faraway dream. Once I do get there, I might share how I would tackle edits.
As usual, send me any questions you have about me for my upcoming blogiversary!
Thank you for reading thus far! Do you get nominated for blog awards? Is there a system to how you write? What are some things that work for you? Let me know in the comments below; I’d love to chat with you!