All the Extras
This page is where I'll discuss a mix of other topics which either are important or I just want to discuss and let you know about.
Earlier in the week, I did the Rising Author tag in this post, talking about my current WIP. Now, I'm doing the WIP in Gifs tag created by Michelle @TheWritingHufflepuff. So thanks for making this one, Michelle!
I also didn't plan for the two posts to coincide with each other in the space of a week*- when I originally planned to do them, it was for a different WIP novel, which I'm now working to transform into a play instead. #Exciting.
*Does it make me seem more organised if I pretend I did?? :)
Also, not all the Gifs will have dialogue with them, but you'll get the general idea/vibe anyway. I'm still in the first draft stage, but know enough about my characters now to be able to do this tag. Let's go!
First things first...The Rules!
1. Thank the person who tagged you.
2. Credit the creator of this tag and link back to the original post.
3. Try to limit the amount of Gifs you use per question.
Sum up your WIP in 4 Gifs
Time to introduce your main characters
(My modern day MC. Gryffindor. Spectacularly stubborn, but always tries to do the right thing, even if it lands her in trouble or puts her in danger. Being a bookworm inadvertently sets her off on the journey of the novel.)
(My MC in Victorian times. Slytherpuff. Loves her family, mainly her brother and daughter, and will do anything to protect them. Literally. Can be very caring when she's allowed to show it. Sometimes hates the world she lives in.)
(Your typical Hufflepuff. He's Alice's younger brother and is a family man. Like Isabel, he always tries to do the right thing for those he loves.)
How would your main character react in a crisis?
If you were to meet your main characters, how would you react?
If you were to meet your antagonist?
(I've put these together, since they cover both questions)
Is there any romance in your WIP? How would you sum it up Gifs?
Alice and Henry William and Rebecca
Alice and Henry have been married for a while, whereas William and Rebecca's marriage is still quite new, so they're still a little unsure and nervous around each other. I love both these couples.
How do other characters feel about this ship?
William is very happy to have Henry as a brother-in-law and glad his sister is happy. I imagine the men would secretly have some special greeting or something, with how close they become.
On the other hand, Alice is at first happy to welcome Rebecca, and being an annoying older sister in that way- but that doesn't last long.
How do you want people to react reading your WIP?
And a second, because I had it and wanted to use it! :D
That's the end of the tag. I've had so much fun doing this one- though I admit that sometimes finding appropriate Gifs was hard!
Through doing both tags this week, I've developed a greater insight into my novel and the characters, which will definitely help me get a decent-ish first draft that I hope to have finished in about four months or so with a bit more research as well.
What are you currently writing? What would you use as Gifs in place for these questions in relation to your own WIPs? All the best. :)
First of all, it's practically the end of June, we're halfway through the year and what now?? Where did that go? Was I not just organising my shelves on the 1st January to tackle some of my TBR pile for the year officially* known as The Year All** The Books Were Released?
*Ok, I call it that.
*Not all the books during 2018, that would be silly. But it feels like it at times!*
A while ago, I saw this tag done by the lovely Ilsa over at AWhisperOfInk. We talked about how much I loved it and so of course I'm finally ending up doing it. Months later. But that's my general thing with tags, oops. However, I do enjoy doing tags, and I'm a writer, so naturally, this one was going to always be fun for me. I'll just be answering the same questions Ilsa answered on hers, because previous versions of this tag have included lots of questions and, sorry, but I can't be doing with that.
So I'm going to be discussing some of my currents WIP's (haha, am I ready for this?) and why I'm writing them, ect. Plus, I've been doing so much writing over the last two weeks, so I'm really happy with how things are going.
I may share a brief snippet from part of what I used for last week's #1LineWed theme on Twitter, as it got good reactions on there*.
*So some people think I can write?! :D
What is your current WIP about and what are you working on with it?
My current WIP is a mix of time-slip, historical fiction and contemporary. It includes a ghost enthusiast, who gets more than she bargained for, going back to said ghost's world when she was alive and what happened to her. They are linked together history and someone I won't mention too much about. There is some horror type things. No one is more surprised by that last part than me, given I really don't like horror all that much.
I'm currently waist-deep in the middle of my 1st draft. Getting to do lots of research which is fun, but trying to balance research with actual writing can be hard. I think I'm doing it well at the moment. I'd like to hope I'd have it written by the end of the summer, but I'm being realistic and it will probably take me longer this time.
What is your favourite type of thing to write?
One of original forms when I started out writing was novels, so that's always good for me to get to. It'd familiar and kind of feels like coming home. I'm really enjoying this current one. :)
However, I've recently started writing poetry and spoken word, something I used to hate and was convinced I could never do. (Spoiler alert- it turns out I can!) It means I can be more personal with some of the things I write and hopefully, get to be more relatable to people who listen to/read my work.
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
I'm a plotter. I don't always have a firm outline, but it's always nice to know where the story is going. I did a full outline only the other day to stop getting myself confused and to set some scenes in order. It really has helped for this project.
Though for my first NaNoWriMo last year, I was a pantser, which felt REALLY weird. But I think it worked for that story at that time.
Everyone is different in this though- just because one way might not be how someone else works doesn't mean either are any less valid.
Out of the characters you've written so far, who are your favourites?
I've gotten to the stage where I've introduced all of my characters yet, but most are in play. My favourite so far has to be Alice. Sometimes she's nice, sometimes she's not, but I think the reasons behind her actions are always relatable or understandable, even if they don't justify her actions. But I have a soft spot for her.
Occasionally, I feel bad for putting her through some not-so-pleasant things, but that's part of her character arc, plus there needs to be conflict and suffering to everyone, right? :)
What (or who) motivates you to write?
In real life, my friends who are writers. We discuss each other's ideas and encourage each other, which is always a bonus. Then recently, some of my non-writer friends persuaded me to send a few poems and they really liked them, which was lovely and made me continue, of course! :D
Online, I'd say Twitter is a big source of inspiration within the writing community. I follow several accounts who throw out lots of encouragement for writers, and then doing the #1LineWed themes or #WIPJoy and seeing so many different writers come together is so helpful.
The big one of course is that one day I hope to get published myself. With my poems, I already have my name attached to various I've worked on with my creative writing group in that form of writing. It's a huge encouragement that if I can see my name in a collective published works, for the small things, that I can one day see my name in big things, like a published novel.
What genre will you never try, and why?
Until a few months ago before I started this WIP, I'd have said horror, but there we are! :) I don't think I could write a full-on horror, like Stephen King because I don't like the genre in films or books myself as a viewer. I also can't see myself writing sci-fi, because I have no idea where to start with it.
What is your favourite genre to write?
Fantasy! I LOVE making up new worlds and a whole host of characters that would look really weird in our world, yet somehow are still relatable. It's also a great escape from the real world at times. Though the main reason is that I solely blame the amount of time I spent in Narnia and at Hogwarts as a child. *shrug*
What brings you the most satisfaction as a writer?
Having an idea that initially feels good, but doesn't seem like it will work. Then cultivating it for a while in my head or on paper and then it eventually does come together. This is where I'm finding myself with my current WIP. Due to the nature of it, I highly doubted it would develop beyond Shiny New Idea stage- and I'm here a few months later, still working on it, still loving it, and very, very proud of it.
In poetry terms, the pinnacle of satisfaction there for me was the first time I wrote a poem and didn't hate it. People later liked it when I read it out, and despite it being short, that was the moment I knew I actually could write poetry and I'd most likely been going about it all wrong for years beforehand!
What type of characters do you prefer writing?
Characters that are layered and flawed because they're realistic to life. Characters who don't always apologise, or feel any need to, for their actions and what they believe is right. Ones who don't exactly fit whatever the norm is. People who feel real.
Which of your characters is based off you?
Hahaha. I think they all have bits of me in their somewhere, but I wouldn't say any of them are based off me. I'd hope I'm making them all unique enough and distinct from one another that they don't become one-dimensional or confusing/muddled together. But I think I'm managing that well.
Isabel definitely has my stubbornness, so I'd say she's the closest? Alice often has the kind of confidence I sometimes really wish I could have, though she can very caring, so I hope that comes from me. Actually, now I think about it, I'd put William in Hufflepuff with me. But he's still more confident than I am.
That's all for today. Hope you enjoyed this look into a project I'm loving, despite it being out of my comfort zone. Aren't the best things like that though?
If you're a writer, what would your answers to these questions be? What are you currently working on? Happy writing! Good luck and all the best. :)
This wasn't planned to resemble a 2-part post, but here we are. Last week, I wrote this about my writing influences and the people who inspire me that way. Today, I'm going to talk about films/TV/music that have inspired me in my writing or that frequent my writing playlists, ect. :)
1. BBC and British Legends
When I was early in my teens, the BBC made the shows Robin Hood and Merlin, both based off their respective legends in English and British culture. I enjoyed Robin Hood, but enjoyed Merlin way more. (Case in point- I have all the box sets and up to Series 3 in my current re-watch.) I didn't know much about either legend until these shows, so I have to thank the BBC for that one.
But when I started exploring Arthurian legend more as Merlin went on, I soon realised I was going to be a fan for life. I've watched and read so many versions of the legends, and am intrigued by each take and what the focus is. That's the fun part. There's so much to them! :)
So one day, way back when I'd written my first, very terrible-and-will-never-see-the-light-of-day play as I started out in that area, I needed something more that would make me want to learn how to actually write a decent play and want to stick with it.
In the end, I wrote my own version of the King Arthur legends. There were gaps I'd found/questions I had that research didn't answer, so I set about to make my own answers. My play is about Arthur's sister, Morgan le Fay, who is by far my favourite character in the legends cause she's so darned complex and I love her.
Thanks to one TV show, I have a piece of work I'm still beyond proud of, three years (and counting) after I finished it! :)
2. Old But Golden
Next up are two films from the 1990's and I was very, very young when they came out. Nevertheless, they make my All-Time Favourite Films list, which means these films are ones I don't need an excuse to watch and can watch them multiple times without being bored. So far this list consists of only 8 films.
So. Which films am I talking about?
The 1994 version of Black Beauty. The 1996 version of Romeo and Juliet.
3. Unusual Inspiration
Also in Part 1, I mentioned how I don't like horror. Not film, and rarely in books, though I've read some of Daphne du Maurier's work. However, in 2015, the film Crimson Peak was released. It's a Gothic romance/horror and is also on my Favourites list. The house itself was made specifically for the film and may as well be another character. The costumes are also important and again, to me feel like a character.
But aside from all of that, the last time I watched it, I wrote a poem afterwards from the POV of a certain favourite character, kind of like a prologue. But for once, I really wondered what would happen after the film's end. Apparently, I asked myself the right questions, because the idea has become my newest novel I'm writing. It's a historical with some horror and the time-slip element. I'm having so much fun working that out. :D
From a spark due a film, the idea has grown into so much more and taken on a life of its own. Here's to making it work- and all from a genre I could never have imagined writing in at the start of the year! :)
4. Scenes in Audio
Before I start any writing, I always make a playlist to fit the mood of what an idea is and I use both instrumental pieces and lyrical ones. Some will inspire key scenes, other things will come along as I flesh out the idea and keep building on what I've got. I'll sometimes even cut bits of the playlist if I don't think they'll work, or another piece will work better. The playlist always moves around from how I initially write it out as I put scenes in order and match the playlist to fit.
Now when it comes to music with lyrics, I can write with those in the background. If it's a specific scene, I'll loop it on repeat. At first, I'll try and map out which lines match the scene or character, but after a listen or two, I'll just let it fade into the background and just write.
My favourite non-lyrics music is often in film scores or by film trailer companies. The amount of times something on TV will be playing and I recognise the piece of music is honestly ridiculous. But it's useful. The first companies I ever heard of where X-Ray Dog and Immediate Music, when I was a kid and I researched the music from a film's trailer. While I'm still fond of those, today, a favourite company of mine is Audiomachine, who recently released their new album, La Belle Epoque. (It's on YouTube as a playlist)
Their piece, Manticore, was very useful in an important scene for the 1st draft of a novel I wrote in last year National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), so I've added it below.
If I'm also lucky, I'll be able to find the instrumentals online for songs with lyrics, particularly if it's an older song. But I like a mixture on a playlist, so sometimes they can be a bit varied. But that's always fun. :)
That's it for today. These have all been some of my influences talked about in each part, both in established writers and how other people's creativity influences my own on a daily basis.
What or who are your own influences? Do you write with music behind it, or do you prefer to work in silence? And, like me, do you write in multiple formats?
I'm going to leave you with my current mood. All the best. :)
Today I wanted to talk more about my writing, since I don't always, therefore I'm coming at you with some of my writing influences for various styles and formats I write in. I got the idea from reading this post on influential writers for this author.
So the following people are ones who inspire me or who have careers I admire, ect. I'll talk a bit about each person as I go along.
For anyone who doesn't know, here's what I write:-
- Short stories (not so much nowadays, but this is how I started out)
- Novels (also how I started out, and still my go-to area because I've been doing it for so long!)
- Plays (way different from the above two, but still great)
- Spoken Word/Poetry (a recent thing but one I've grown to love)
1. William Shakespeare
Since Shakespeare invented half the modern English language, I think he definitely deserves a spot on this list. His plays are very distinctly set into three categories- Histories, Comedies and Tragedies- and the characters are all so human, whatever their archetype and despite the language changing over 400 years. That is the part that always interests me.
Now it wasn't always this way. From the start of high school, I was put off because Shakespeare is just something on the curriculum and teachers didn't care either. I never understand any of it- until the year we started Romeo and Juliet.
For the first time, something in that play stuck with me and though I didn't get the language, I understood the story. It's still my favourite Shakespeare play to this day. Thanks to a few of my favourite actors in screen/film adaptations- as they're meant to be performed- I became a fan and have been for a few years now. I haven't read all of the plays yet, but I'm working on it! :)
2. Leigh Bardugo
I picked up Shadow and Bone when it was released only going by the blurb, and I don't often do that. It was a very good decision. Leigh Bardugo is now one of my favourite authors and I'm excited for her future releases, both inside the Grisha-Verse and out. Her characters are all flawed yet still human, even the villains and her world building is fantastic. Her career definitely inspires my own writing and what the YA fantasy genre can be.
3. Kiersten White
Another one of my favourite authors, Kiersten White was one of the first whom I can remember really puling me into the YA genre. Fun story- when I first picked up Paranormalcy, I somehow mistook one of the author blurbs on a side of the cover to meant they'd written the book! It was a good mistake though and, to quote Shakespeare, all's well that ends well. :)
Now, her books cover so many themes and categories, such as And I Darken being a re-telling of sorts about Vlad the Impaler (Bright We Burn is out in July, people!), which is really dark at times, but I love them. I'm really excited for her future books. And she is the sweetest and really funny online, like Twitter. Her career is definitely one that inspires me for when I get to the period that I'll be aiming to get published.
4. Emily Bronte
While she and her sisters are best known for their books, Emily Bronte started out her work as a poet. I didn't actually know this until I watched a fictional TV programme a couple of years ago, To Walk Invisible, which was based on their lives and struggle for publication being women.
So while I'm still not the most knowledgeable about her poems, the fact that she did both is proof to me that doing multiple forms of writing is possible. Plus, I'm also from Yorkshire and know how beautiful and inspiring our countryside and landscape can be for lots of things, and I guess writing poetry is one of them. I'm rather lucky. :)
5. Kate Mosse
I'm most familiar with the novels Kate Mosse has written, and Labyrinth was made into a small TV series a few years ago. She manages to fit real historical events, fiction and modern times within each other by using the time-slip method and they still flow together almost effortlessly, making stories that I highly enjoy. Along with her books though, Kate Mosse has also written a few plays- again, telling me it's possible to do both.
I would like to try my own time-slip novel one day- I have the idea about half planned out currently, but even if it doesn't work out, I'll have something there I can use in the future. But I want it to. I like my idea. Along with the short and full length plays I've written, I also have several more ideas and WIP's going on. So many things!
6. Daphne du Maurier
Not a huge fan of horror, I've only been reading Daphne du Maurier's books over the last couple of years- including reading Rebecca for the first time ever last year. One of my favourite things about hers are how she brought so much atmosphere to the little things as much as the big ones, keeping the suspense, high stakes, and guesses from the reader coming.
At least, that's how I always feel. I'm always wrong about something, which is fun- as well as often being left with lots of questions. Her books have definitely changed the way I look at my own writing in these ways, and to pay attention to foreshadowing and the little details.
7. Kate Tempest
Finally, I want to mention Kate Tempest. Being fairly new to the Spoken Word scene, I've only recently heard of her, but she's certainly an inspiration to me. Her main thing is Spoken Word and poetry with rap put to her words. The poetry is also often done with music and done lots of both. She's also written a novel and a couple of plays.
Sometimes, it feels as if I do too much writing, in terms of writing novels and plays and now poems- the latter is something I could never imagine doing only a year ago, as I only joined the group I'm in around October 2017. But Kate's body of work is proof that it can be done, and I enjoy writing in each style, so I'll continue to do so.
I'm currently working on my own zine and our Spoken Word group are about to finish our first collective one in a month or so- and it will be the first official thing I'll have published. Onwards and upwards. :D
That's all for today. All the best.
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