For the last fifteen days I’ve been participating in a couple of writerly hashtag Q & A games on Twitter—namely, #authorconfession (hosted by @_JM_Sullivan) and #WIPjoy (hosted by @simmeringmind). Each day participants are provided with a new question about their work-in-progress to answer, and it’s a lot of fun both to answer the questions, and hear what other authors have to say as well.
So for today’s blog post, I thought I’d treat the last fifteen days of author confessions and work-in-progress joys like the book Q & A’s they are, and list the questions and my answers, which correspond to Warriors of Aralan 7, the next of the series to be published, and its brand-new protagonist Ben. (Spoilers may be contained).
#authorconfession Question: Is your main character a prankster?
Answer: Ben could be, but the story happens at a time in his life when he's too troubled for things like that.
#WIPjoy Question: Introduce your work-in-progress!
Answer: This is the story of a troubled 9-year-old named Ben and his path to reconciliation with his father and the death of his mother.
#authorconfession Question: Are you doing Camp NaNoWriMo? Why?
Answer: I'm not doing Camp NaNo unfortunately. I have more than one editing project to attend to.
#WIPjoy Question: Describe your main character for us.
Answer: Ben is a mischievous, troublemaking 9-year-old with big blue eyes rimmed in dark lashes, auburn hair, and an irresistible smile. (I found this image on Pinterest and thought it looked almost exactly like an older Ben).
#authorconfession Question: Three words a character uses to describe the main character.
Answer: Ben's friend Mercy described him as a cheat, a thief and a liar once. :P (He did deserve it though).
#WIPjoy Question: Share a visual that goes with your work-in-progress.
Answer: Ben plays marbles! (Although the clothes are all wrong in this pic since I write fantasy).
#authorconfession Question: What’s your main character’s favorite school subject?
Answer: Ben's favorite subject in school is avoiding going to school. ;)
#WIPjoy Question: Share a song that inspires you for this story.
Answer: Just Be Held by Casting Crowns. It applies more to Ben's father, Allister, but it's part of the story.
#authorconfession Question: Thoughts on bad language in books?
Answer: It isn't necessary. “Cursing is small minds expressing themselves forcefully.” There are ways around it.
#WIPjoy Question: Share a line of description.
Answer: Allister looking on his wife right before she dies. The moment his heart broke.
He turned back to look at Ava, and his expression shattered into a thousand little creases of agony and grief.
Sometimes there's nothing like a good old-fashioned writing prompt to get those creative juices flowing again. After all, we all have those times where we hit the wall of our creativity, and even though the story is ours, can't think of a way to answer to the simple question, "What happens next?" Hopefully, these prompts will help remedy that.
1.) He still remembered the first time he tasted oxygen.
3.) Being turned into something else by magic is always a punishment. What if someone wanted to be turned into an animal? What would make someone that desperate?
5.) A world where parents can choose one personality trait for each of their children, based on the meanings of the first name they choose. (And for a special fee can add a middle name for an extra bonus).
7.) "I'm not yet eighteen, and I've seen it all—love and hate, peace and war, joy and pain—but nothing has prepared me for the consequences of tinkering with time."
9.) "Hey, wait, you can't just kill my parents like that!"
"I'm the author. Can, and am."
"Great, now I'm an orphan. Haven't seen that done before."
"But you have a rich uncle that will take you in and—"
"Ooh, even better. Let me guess, he has a mansion?"
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Progress for round four of edits on Warriors of Aralan #9: