Saturday, December 1, 2018

KNOW THE NOVEL - PART TWO // participating in a link-up one day too late

You know that moment when you wanted to finish your post on Friday, but then life threw a curveball and you ended up going out of town that day and not coming back until about 12:30 in the morning, and then you realize after sleeping through half of Saturday that the link-up you wanted to participate in has closed?

Because that's how I feel right now.

Well, all I have is this post, and I need to post something. So, I'm jumping into your feed this fine Saturday evening to participate too late in the Know the Novel link-up, hosted by Christine @ Musings of an Elf. I didn't do NaNoWriMo, and I didn't do Part 1 of this link-up earlier, but after reading these questions for Part 2, I just COULD NOT pass up the opportunity to join (even though it's now too late to actually link up with the link-up)! Also, a writer can only go so long before gushing about her WIP again... *cough* I don't even know how many posts total I've written about Dusted Red (including the ones on my old blog), other than it's A LOT.

Click here to read more about the link-up and about November's set of questions! Even though it's DECEMBER 1ST NOW, WUT. O-o

1. How’s the writing going?

You know that writing slump I was talking about in THIS post? Well, I'm finally out of it!! Been out of it since November began, actually. (I would like an eggnog latte for my efforts, please and thank you.) So you could probably say that the writing is going PRETTY DARN WELL up in here. XD School and life and a new love for writing flash fiction keep me from being completely consistent with it, but I'm working on macro-editing (and plotting the sequel, which I'm ALMOST done with!) a lot more again and it feels soooo good. I love my story to pieces. <3

And I'm actually super excited to get to certain sections later on in the story that need serious editing/rewriting, as crazy as it sounds. Maybe because it involves Neverland...

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2. What's been the most fun aspect about writing this novel so far?

Figuring out my characters. Getting to know my characters. Becoming attached to my characters.  Characters, characters, characters. :D

3. Has your novel surprised you in any way?

I pantsed this book several times, so YES, I'VE BEEN SURPRISED A LOT.

I can't really think of any specific way, though. Maybe there are too many cases to choose from. Or maybe school has rendered me utterly brain-dead.

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4. What do you think of your characters at this point? Who's your favorite to write about?

*huggles all my characters*

*especially Hansel*

I hate to play favorites, but looking at my novel as a whole, and if I had to choose one, I'd have to say that Hansel is probably my fave. Many... INTERESTING things happen to him, especially later in the story, that make writing him sooooo very fun. *sobbing in corner*

5. If you were transported into your novel and became any one of the characters, which one do you think you’d be? Would you take any different actions than they have?

I would probably have to be Delmy, since she's the MC, so I'm connected to her and her POV in a more intimate way than with any of my other characters. If we're talking about who I would want to be, I'd most likely say Tink. Tink is smart and doesn't get into much immediate danger throughout the book.

(Then again, the pressure hits her HEAVILY towards the climax... :P)

If I were Delmy, I probably wouldn't have the guts to inch even one toe into Fawood. So me being Delmy would end the story before it even truly began, lol. If I were Tink, I would most likely ruin everything by not being anywhere near as smart as her. XD

Hmm, am I selling myself short here? *taps chin*

6. Give us the first sentence or paragraph and then 2 (or 3!) more favorite snippets!


We held the burning ceremony behind the baker's house.

We're just going to go with one. I know, I'm a rebel.

"Makes me think of a shifter cloak, only red." He stressed the last word, putting extra emphasis on the oddity of my cloak's distinctive color.
I debated for a moment whether to tell him - and Gretel too, who ignored us but could definitely hear us - about the weirdest aspect of my cloak. Even if they were Fawood horrors, which I could no longer believe, what difference did it make whether they knew about my magic cloak or not?
"When she gave it to me at eight years old, it fit me perfectly." I fingered one edge of the red fabric. "As you can see, it still fits."
Hansel's eyes widened. Gretel stopped in her tracks, then whirled around. "Wait, you mean it's magic?"

7. Have you come across any problem areas?

Well, Delmy is one. When I read through my first draft (well, third first draft) I discovered that Delmy acts rather stupid, annoying, and selfish at times. Her character needs a little work - nothing drastic, but still necessary. It's just one challenge editing has thrown at me.

8. What’s been your biggest victory with writing this novel at this point?

Not tearing my hair out.

In all seriousness, though, I'm very proud of my edited beginning. It was an utter MESS before, but after much rewriting (and by the grace of God, no doubt), it is now much improved and I'm so happy about it, because I remember thinking, "How am I going to fix this mediocrity??" as I was originally writing said mediocrity.

Beginnings are tough for me. (Not as tough as climaxes, though. Yeesh.)

9. Be honest, have you killed any characters off yet?

Sorry, that's classified information. Do I kill anyone? Do I not? Do I torture them almost to the brink of death? Who knows.

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10. Take us on a tour of what a normal writing day for this particular novel has looked like. Where do you write? What time of day? Alone or with others? Is a lot of coffee (or some other drink) consumed? Do you light candles? Play music? Get distracted by social media (*cough, cough*)? Tell all!

I hide in my hobbit hole bedroom most of the time, because then I won't have blaring television and chatterbox siblings to distract me. Sometimes, though, (read: rarely) I'll crave a change of setting and go into the living room.

Typically I like to be alone, lots of water is consumed, and no candles are lit. << I would love a library-scented one, though. Or book-scented one, or whatever it's called. As for music... ALWAYS. I need me some of them wordless tunes to get me into the writing mood.

As for procrastination, I've been doing better with it lately (I think), but you better believe it's happened to me MANY a time and will absolutely strike again. :P


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I said last post that I was back into blogging. I promise I actually mean that now. Why? Because thanks to a post by the ever-awesome Abbie, I have all my blog content for December and January all planned out. Get ready for posts by moi every week once again!

The Lord's Truly,


  1. I totally relate to your pantsing struggles ;D NaNo was the biggest pantsing victory ever for me haha ;d

    1. IKR! The struggle is real. XD

      So you won NaNo?? CONGRATS!!!

  2. I loved the snippets! Those characters intrigue me. I'm glad your out of your slump.

    1. Thank you, Skye!! I'm glad you find them intriguing! XD Characters are always my favorite aspect of writing.

      Thank youuuuu. <3 I'm glad I'm out of it too!

  3. Hey, better late than never, amiright? ;)

    And can I just say that the first sentence is AWESOME!!

    1. True! I've gotta be glad I had something to post at all. XD


  4. YAAAAAAY YOUR COMING BACK TO BLOGGING!!! I've missed seeing your posts!!


    1. *grins* EEEEEEEEEEP THANKS, LIA!!!! You're so sweet! <3 Thank you for reading my words; it means so much.


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