July-Beautiful People: Author Writing Process Edition

I’m excited for another beautiful people since I missed the last few and ~voila~ this month it’s about authors so I don’t have to decide which character to do mine about. Choosing between characters is like choosing a favorite child. 

Does this also mean I’m beautiful? *hopefully crosses fingers*

Anyway. Here goes.

Introducing me, the author.

  1. How do you decide which project to work on?

Well, it is a complicated sort of decisions. First I decide based on what I should be working on (usually something I have hopes of publishing) and then go and work on something else. #procrastination

2. How long does it usually take you to finish a project?

Honestly, it depends. My very first novel took me two years, my second one about a year and a half, my third a year, and my fourth one month (my first NaNo). I haven’t finished a novel since NaNo ’15. Short stories, on the other hand, take anywhere from thirty minutes to two years to complete.

3. Do you have any routines to put you in the writing mood?

Freewriting about worldbuilding or character motivations often gives me motivation to work on the actual project. Sometimes I’ll also get in the mood after watching a good movie or listening to an interesting song.

4. What time of day do you write best?

The evening. I am a night owl through and through and will do anything to avoid going to bed. 

5. Are there any authors you think you have a similar style to?

Not…really. I don’t think I’ve fully developed my “writing voice”, so it fluctuates from project to project. Though I’ve really been impressed by the style of C. S. Lewis, Anne Elisabeth Stengl, and Markus Zusak, so my style might borrow from theirs.

6. Why did you start writing, and why do you keep writing?

I started because my friend had written a novel and it sounded like fun. I scrapped a few plots and first chapters, then found a good starting point and never really stopped. I keep writing because I think, once I become better, I’ll be able to share through my stories. I want to give people something they will enjoy and show them the things I’ve learned through the challenges my characters face.

7. What’s the hardest thing you’ve written?

Research papers for school. Those are really really hard because you have to research everything and I hate research which is why I do not write historical fiction.

8. Is there a project you want to tackle someday but you don’t feel ready yet?

I want to write a musical soooooo bad. I don’t have any solid ideas yet, but it sounds like a lot of fun. You get to write dialogue, action, lyrics, and music. I’m just not ready yet because my music composition skills are rusty and I can’t rhyme to save my life.

I also want to write a screenplay. I feel more prepared to write a screenplay than I do to write a musical, but I just don’t have any solid ideas yet: just a few started projects that I am rather pleased with but ,sadly, very stuck in. 

9. What writing goals did you make for 2017 and how are they going?

One of my two goals for this year is to publish a book.

I don’t know if that’s going to happen. I haven’t been focusing on a project in particular.

But, my other goals for this year are to complete all the NaNos, and so far I managed to complete April’s goal. So far June is a bit rocky, but I’m hoping to catch up soon.

Also, my goal is to finish at least one entry for the Five Poisoned Apples contest. I have two ideas so hopefully I will be able to complete this. 

10. Describe your writing process in 3 words or a gif!

giphy-downsized.gif
(actual footage of me trying to create words)

So, I hope y’all liked that! 

Let me know your own answer to question #8 in the comments. That’s a really good question. I like that one. 

Until next time,

Catherine

Beautiful People~Zane and Jewel

Today I am doing Beautiful People, which is something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time but haven’t done because I am not an ambitious person (my character flaw, everyone) and I couldn’t think of a good character to do. However, when reading through this post (which is focused on couples thanks to Valentine’s day), my OTP popped into my head and now I just have to do it about them.

10928109_595959117172101_1450331761_n 1_zpsw3b8il6s.jpg
This is supposed to be a button. I hope it works

I would like to introduce to you Zane and Jewel. They’re not really from a WIP, although I

zanejewel
{Pinterest bc I can’t draw well enough to do them justice}

have written a few one shots featuring them. They’re actually side characters from two projects in the same universe that I just decided would be stinking cute together, and they have since turned into my OTP.

1. How and why did they meet?

Zane was a sophomore in college when Jewel came to school and they both hung out in different circles, but they would see each other around campus or in class. However, the first time they spoke was the time Zane asked her out on a dare from his best friend.

2. What were their first impressions of each other?

Well, for Zane I know it was pretty much love at first sight (so cliche, I know). Jewel, going off the first time they spoke, saw him as awkward and adorable which are the probably the best adjectives to describe him.

3. How would they prove their love for each other?

Zane proves his love for Jewel by staying up late to talk with her (although he has been known to fall asleep around midnight, even in the middle of a sentence once), or watching a movie with her even when he sees that as a horrible way to spend time together. Jewel proves her love by giving him a hug or a kiss at random times, or forgoing a social gathering so they can hang out, even if that time is spent doing nothing.

4. What would be an ideal date?

Doing something they love together, whether it be taking a walk in the park, or going to the beach. They’d talk, mostly having deep conversations that can migrate into stupid little arguments over anything from grammar to whether the book was better than the movie.

5. Is there something they empathetically disagree on?

It would probably be theology. Jewel is a more of a charismatic Christian, while Zane is Presbyterian. They do have arguments about baptism, which might turn into a problem when they have kids, but they both are people willing to compromise, so I’m certain they’ll think of a way to make both of them happy.

6. List 5 “food quirks” they know about each other. (Ex: how they take their coffee, if they’re allergic to something, etc….and feel free to mention other non-food quirks!)

1. Zane doesn’t like the taste of coffee, but Jewel does. However, caffeine doesn’t work on her while it works on him, so college forced Zane into a coffee addiction.

2. Zane and his pal JJ love donuts, although Jewel introduced Zane to his favorite type of donut: Boston Creme.

3. Jewel is rather health conscious, and is incredible at coming up with innovative ways to eat gluten, sugar, and/or dairy free although she generally keeps it a secret from everyone.

4. They met in a coffee shop and meet there at least once a week and they chat about life and compare notes for their shared classes.

5. Zane’s hair is always sticking up in several directions because when he’s nervous he runs his hands through it.

7. What’s one thing they know about each other that no one else does?

Jewel knows about Zane’s family problems. He has a whole family with his mother and father happily married, and a few siblings, but he feels pressured to live up to their expectations, and thinks doing otherwise will bring their disappointment upon him. Jewel has a lot of private thoughts, despite being an open and outgoing person, but there are hardly any things that just Zane knows, for she also shares a lot of her deep and dark secrets with her friend group back home.

8. What’s one thing that they keep a secret from each other?

Jewel has a tendency to not talk about her family, so Zane knows little in regards to that part of her. Zane doesn’t usually keep secrets from her, so the only reason Jewel wouldn’t know something about him is if she doesn’t ask him about it.

9. How would their lives be different without each other?

Jewel: Without Zane, she probably would have gone the path that she went even when they were in a relationship. she would have graduated college, gained her teaching degree, and went on to work, although she might have wound up in a different career without his helpful advice. However, the main difference is that she probably would not have as much fun in her life. She’s not a pleasure seeker or anything, but Zane brought out her sense of humor and showed her an adventurous part of her. Without him, those would both remain deep inside of her.

Zane: Without Jewel, he also would probably have gone the same path of life with his career choices and everything, but without her, there are also parts of his personality which would have remained a secret. He would not have become as outgoing, or happy. Also, with Jewel’s influence, he probably would never have decided where he stood on multiple issues.

10. Where do they each see this relationship going?

Neither of them have a desire to date just “for fun”, so they are in this with long term views. However, both of them are reluctant to mention marriage because they are still young and don’t know how the other would respond, or their families. Sadly (for them) I am the only person who knows their future.

So that’s it! Thank you for reading. Let me know if you want me to ever share any of my writing with these two.

God bless!

Catherine