Commence Author-Fangirling– Beautiful Books #2, How’s the Writing Going?



Ahem! Sorry about that. But I really am excited. I can read back over what I’ve already written and it feels so real!

Okay, enough author-fangirling for me for a few minutes.

I am doing Beautiful Books by the Notebook Sisters and Further Up and Further In!

Now, some of these answers will not be very good ones, because I can’t tell you guys a lot and keep my momentum.

Just a warning– I am going to tease.

Be honest: how is your writing going?

Decently. Yeah, I don’t make my wordcount every single day, but I am enjoying writing and that’s more important to me.

What’s your first sentence/paragraph?

“A broken heart can heal, but it will become callused in doing so. That’s what Shamira said.”

Do you have a book cover, and/or pictures that reflect your book?

Not a cover, but definitely pictures. But I am not revealing my Pinterest board yet, so you will have to wait.

Do you have pictures of each of your characters? If not, describe them for us! (Be as descriptive as you can.)

Again, not revealing that Pinterest board yet.

What scene are you most excited to write?

Ooh… possibly the one I’m currently working on. A ball. The dance I never had. Sorry, my hopeless romantic is showing…

Share a snippet or a scene that you really enjoyed writing.

Ooh… I’ve enjoyed writing most of this story. So, have a very uninformative to the plot snippet about food.

“Phil’s was an old diner-style resturuant, dating back to at least the 1950s, possibly earlier. It wasn’t hard to close your eyes and imagine teenagers in motorcycle jackets and poodle-skirts hanging out to the music from the jukebox in the corner. Red and white tiles checked the floor; black and white tiles checked the walls.

The best thing about Phil’s was the food. The burgers were always thick and hot and greasy. The fries were perfectly salted, hot and fluffy on the inside, crispy on the outside, and they were suitable for dipping into milkshakes. You could dip the fries into ketchup, mustard, or ranch dressing if you wanted, but Phil’s Puritans held it that the fries were perfect and to dip them into anything other than a milkshake would defile them.”

Now that you’re writing, have any of the plot details, or the process itself, turned out different from what you planned or imagined?

Yes. But such is the life of a pantser. I certainly did not expect a scene about NaNoWriMo or that Nick would say that I was his older sister (I don’t think I actually need that specific scene, so it will probably be cut out…)

Is there a character or aspect of your plot that’s difficult to write?

The fantasy element. I’m concerned I don’t focus on it enough.

What’s your favorite aspect of this novel so far? Favorite character?

My favorite aspect is probably the dynamics between characters (read: MC’s developing romance). My favorite character… The main character, Isabella. If I’m not allowed to say main character… Hunter Jackson has been an interesting character to write.

Have you drawn off of any life experiences or people you know to create your novel and your characters?

Wow. Oddly enough, I have never fought werewolves, taken French, shot a pistol, or learned how to fence. I’m not left-handed, either.

I have had my fears about love though. A crush. The thought that I might be in love. The worry of being hurt if it came to nothing. The worries that I am not perfect and while “he” probably wouldn’t care, I’m still flawed. While I’ve never had them to the extent my MC has had them, hopefully it’ll still ring true for the readers.

Okay, you’ve had your glimpse into my soul. Moving on!

Do you have a playlist or certain song for your novel and/or characters?

You aren’t surprised, are you?

Let’s have some fun for a moment: imagine you are somehow transported into your book’s world. Which character are you most likely to be found hanging out with?

Nick’s older sister and her writing buddies.  Um… Mr. Carp, the weapons coach for the apprentices at LASER. (Don’t look at me like that!) Picking a more central character… I have no idea. I don’t know that I would mingle well with any of them.

How do you keep yourself motivated to finish your daily wordcount? (Pinterest? Internet breaks? Chocolate?)

What daily wordcount? Knowing that my goal is to finish this book by the end of November. I want to finish this story so that someone else can enjoy it (I don’t like keeping this book a secret!).

What your favourite writing quote or piece of writing advice?

Only one? What is this madness?!

“So remember, it’s not that the parking lot is lonely. It’s that it’s empty, and there’s one seagull picking at an abandoned bag of cold French Fries next to an old Escort with a dent in the door and a dirty, crumpled battle of the bands poster.” ~Maggie Stiefvater

How does this book make you feel so far? Are you laughing? Crying? Frustrated?

I am shrieking in joy, hating the loneliness because I am the only who knows the awesomeness, worrying that I’m messing this up, looking forward to editing (okay, Robyn, you’ve lost it), and noticing that my writer’s callus is only getting deeper (that’s somewhat disturbing). I love this story. And I want to share it!

I’m going to finish up this post before I start author-fangirling again.

How are your novels coming?



51 thoughts on “Commence Author-Fangirling– Beautiful Books #2, How’s the Writing Going?

  1. I’m not surprised….but I do like I See Fire. XD I’m glad it’s going so well for you! HUZZAH! And enjoying writing is super important. It’s a lot nicer than pushing through drafts you hate, right?! Ugh. I loathe that. Although I had a wildly wonderful time with my NaNo book. xD I’m glad it was fun. It totally makes me want to do this again next year!
    Thaaaanks for linking up with us!



    Well, let’s see. Liam fences. I’m left-handed. (Sorta.) Probably one of your sisters or someone else you know has taken French. 😉

  3. You made me excited for your book!! I want to know more…I WANT TO READ IT!! And the diner sounds fantastic. I want to go there.

    I See Fire is a great song to write by.

  4. Oh this looks like it’s coming along fabulously! I love it.

    You know how I said that I’m going to sort of take it easy on the wordcount goals this NaNo? Well, you were sort of in the back of my head as an inspiration that it was an okay thing to do, and that things can still work out, even if I’m not doing the full 1667 daily NaNo. So. 🙂

    Darn it, I really want to see your Pinterest boards! I can’t wait until you remove at least a bit of the secrecy here. It’s so exciting!

    WAIT YESTERDAY I just talked to someone who said she loved dipping fries in milkshake. IS THIS A THING?

  5. Love this post! So glad you’re into your story. Writing a story you’re in love with is the best.

    Awesome first line. Also, is Phil’s a reference to Phil Phorce? Or Agent Phil Coulson, perhaps?

  6. I am in love with your snippet about food, and I would join the Phil’s French Fry cult, if I could. It’s so cool that you’re able to do this for Nano, even if you don’t meet the what word count? every day. Good luck writing!

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