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!

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(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

April Camp Nano Project + I need your opinion :)

Sorry for being really inconsistent with keeping up with my blog and posting on a regular schedule I bet no one missed me, so I might as well resume my posting starting off with what has been keeping me absent, and I’ll finish up with a question for all you wonderful people out there who read my blog!

Besides work, school, psychology exam (I passed!), preparing for the Goldstone Wood Fanart contest, chicken pox, life, and procrastinating in general, most of my time has gone towards working on my Camp Nano project. It’s unofficially titled “The Shark Story” even though, funnily enough, there are no sharks in my fantasy world (emphasis on fantasy). 

The Shark Story is a novel that I’ve been writing off and on since I was thirteen. The main character is a boy named Piper (named before I realised that Piper is actually a girl’s name…) and he stows away on a ship and becomes a pirate. It follows him growing up as a pirate, and documenting the various choices he makes in his life, some good, some bad, and basically I don’t want to tell you any more or I’ll spoil the book.

Also, since I pants most of my novels, there isn’t much more to it than the basic plot (which was written down when I was fifteen and hasn’t changed much since), so I don’t have anything to spoil you with…

The question that is probably on your mind right now: If it’s about Piper and pirating and there aren’t any sharks in your obviously fantasy world, why is it called the Shark story?

Well, there is a secondary character who ties this story into my master series (see this page for more clarification because I’m not going to explain it here) and his name is Shark. Shark is short for something that I forget. I’ve been avoiding the story he first showed up in for a reason. Also, I love my secondary characters so much, it’s no surprise that I would name an entire novel after one of them.

Now, the next question you should be asking is: How is it going?

Heheh…not well. You would think that when I was ill with the chicken pox earlier in the month and therefore free from college attendance and working I would have spent more time on my writing. I can’t remember what I did with my time, but it wasn’t spent working on my nano project. I lowered my wordcount from 50k to 30k and I’m at 18k right now and I’m scared that I might not finish.

And, because this is a rough draft, I can justify making up words and inserting notes in the document so I can boost my word count:

“Men, we have a mission to complete within the next two months. There is a fleet of ships from the country of Not Armilos (please think of name) that will be sailing through the western ocean…”

(I wouldn’t mind some imput on what to call the country because all of a sudden I can’t call it anything but Not Armilos in my head and it’s driving me nuts)

I know this is probably a boring post since I’m not really talking about plot or characters, but here’s some excellent cover art designed by my best friend, with a very unofficial title (though it is accurate, I guess).

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Designed by Wyn E. Owens

So now for the fun(ish) stuff.

I’ve been wanting to write a serial story for some time, but I can’t decide if I’ll do one or not because I know I will never be able to live up to amazing stories like Tried and True or Blank Mastermind. I have a few ideas and was planning on asking you guys which story you wanted, but then I realised I need to find out if you even want me to do a serial story.

Just let me know what you think! I will listen to all your wonderful opinions.

Would you like it if I wrote a serial story

(polls)

Thanks for reading!

Have a great day 🙂

Catherine

New Year Goals

Well, so 2017 is here.

Goodbye 2016. You were a great year, and I can definitely say that I learned, and grew in many ways. I know a lot of people are hating on ’16 right now, so here is me saying that I am not one of those people.

I am here to tell you if I finished December’s goals, and instead of January goals (since my goals for January are in no way writing related), I will put down a few of my new years resolutions.

DECEMBER GOALS

Goal 1: Write other things. I wrote some more Timely Gifts. I don’t have plans to publish this book at any time (it was accidentally a bit like Harry Potter, although I plead innocent on plagiarism because I wrote most of this story before I read that), but it was a nice relaxing book for me to work on.

Goal 2: Share writing. Well, I did the short story at Christmas. Didn’t do anything else. yes, I’m lazy.

Goal 3: Harry Potter review. Okay. I’ve been procrastinating on this so much, I’ve decided to do it right here and right now, and since I like a challenge, I will write it in ten words:

story/characters/themes: AMAZING!

movies: blech

Christians read?: Be discerning

And here it is as a Haiku since I’m feeling creative:

These are very good books

despite magic, you must read

It is the best story

Goal 4: I made Christmas presents! I opted to go with what I know, so I made my five youngest siblings and one of my best friends amigurumi Pokémon. I also made or am making presents for my other friends, but since they read my blog I will not talk about them here.

So on to my New Year’s resolutions.

I know most people don’t follow through with their resolutions. Some of them are far fetched and just said to make the speaker feel better about the new year, but I am hoping to follow through with these, and hopefully I’m giving myself enough time by making them resolutions for the year.

Number one:

Publish a book. Maybe before I become an adult in November. I’ve always wanted to be a child author 😀

Number two:

Get a real job. yes, writing is a job, but currently I’m not getting paid so I need some form of income.

So, those are my basic resolutions for the next year.

Sorry for the boring post, these posts are mainly for me so I can stay on top of my responsibilities.

Thank you and Happy New Year!

God Bless!!

Catherine

December Goals (and NaNo report:D)

I am freaking out right now. December?? Can it be??!? It snuck up on me without announcing itself, which means now I have to quickly get in the Christmas spirit and find presents for everyone *internal screaming while I maintain a calm exterior*.

Also, since November is over, it is now time for me to announce my goals for December. This probably doesn’t interest anyone, but I like doing it because I have a reputation to uphold and that (no surprise) is a serious motivator.

So, my goals for November were simple:

No. 1: nanowrimo_2016_webbadge_winner

Do NaNoWriMo. Yep. Complete. I got to 50k on the seventeenth, and slowly worked my way up to 70k over the next 13 days. #laziness.

But, in a way I failed. I do not think I will be posting any excerpts from this novel on here. I have vowed to ignore this book for the next seven years, and that means no one will be reading it, and I am perfectly okay with that.

However, on another note, I came up with a semi-permanent title for my novel. The Novel of Unnamed Proportions. Doesn’t it sound lovely?

No. 2:

Have my birthday (why did I make this a goal?). Yeah. I did that. Turned seventeen years old, and as an added bonus I got my driver’s license the day after! 😀

No. 3:

Work part time on my other novels/stories.

I wanted this to happen soooo bad, but it didn’t. 😦 I wrote an approximate seven sentences on other works.

But that will change!!!

Now for my December Goals:

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Last month has shown me which stories I truly care about.

Timely Gifts, I love you and I miss you and I am sorry for neglecting you for these past four months *sniff*. I will write more of you this month.

I also have a novella I’ve been working on for two years which is begging for an ending. It might be a potential serial story…we will see.

Goal Two:

Actually share some of my writing on this blog. I have a Christmas short story that I wrote last year that will be perfect. A little Christmas present for my potential readers 😀

Goal Three:

Finish that Harry Potter review. I should have incentive now that I can also add my opinions on the movies in there.

And no optional goal this time, except for getting Christmas presents for people which really shouldn’t be optional at all.

Thank you for reading, I hope I didn’t bore anyone…

Merry Christmas!

Catherine

November Goals

So, last month I gave myself a few goals to complete. Here I am today to tell you if I did them or not.

First: I challenged myself to outline, or set a few checkpoints, for my novel. I will say I completed this one. I still am not entirely certain where the plot will go, but I have a few ideals in mind that will hopefully keep my imagination in check.

Second: I challenged myself to worldbuild for this novel. Yes. I certainly completed this one. While I don’t have nitty gritty details down like commerce and monetary value and all those other bothersome things, I’ve got down what the world looks like, basic government, country names…etc.

Third: I said I would write a book review for Harry Potter. It’s…coming along. I actually completely forgot about this one until about a week ago. I got all my ideas out onto paper, just now I have to structure it and edit it (the horrors).

Fourth: The challenge was to outline Days of Deception. I did not even work on this at all. I didn’t forget about it, I just didn’t do it.

So, now I am here to write down my goals for November. They shall be simple.

Goal 1:

NaNoWriMo. Complete it. Write 1,667 words a day (or more!) and hopefully have a finished novel at the end, or at least some good excerpt scenes I could post on here. Or maybe a title. My novel still needs a title, well, an official title. it’s called “Emile is Awesome” on my document, “SciFi Story” in my writing notebook, and “Novel Title” on NaNoWriMo’s website.

Goal 2:

Have my birthday. Yeah, this is a pretty easy one for me since it will happen whether I want it to or not.

and for my optional one:

Goal 3:

Work on some more writing. Last year I cheated on my NaNo novel by writing a fairy tale retelling for no reason other than I was in a writing mood. So maybe I’ll do it again this year and try to finish one of my unfinished stories. such as that fairy tale retelling that is the sequel to the one I worked on last year…

We shall see if I am able to complete these goals this month. I look forward to this challenge.

Until later,

Catherine

Reading, ‘Riting, and ‘Rithmetic

Good morning! I am here to apologize for my failure to post something last week. I have a good okay excuse, and it involves the three Rs: Reading, ‘Riting, and ‘Rithmetic. Although honestly I don’t need excuses. This is my blog so I can do what I want, but I want to have a more goal oriented life, and blogging at least once a week is a good start.

‘Rithmetic

Now, my excuse actually only involves the third R. ‘Rithmetic. Last week, I was absorbing math. I was doing (or at least trying to do) algebra problems three miles long, graphing parabolas, memorizing formulas, and solving for X. Those of you who know me are now quite certain that I am out of my mind. Since Pennsylvania only requires three credits of math, I have not been taking any form of algebra, geometry, or calculus this year. Math is poison to my brain, so therefore I try not to touch it. Not even with a three foot pole. But last week was different because I was studying for the SAT. I took it on Saturday and frankly have no idea how well I did.

Despite those worries, I am happy. Hallelujah that it’s over! No more math for the rest of my days!

Reading

Also, since Saturday, I finally got out of a reading slump. I’ve read barely anything in the past few months, and what I did read took me ages to complete because I just wasn’t into it. But all that changed and in the past seven days, I have roughly read one book a day excluding Sunday. In these six days, I have read The King’s Fifth by Scott O’Dell, (very good book, but don’t expect a book report from me on it) and the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling. I am currently reading the fifth one which is an astounding  one thousand two hundred twenty-five pages long (solely because the only copy the library had was the large print one). Due to the great controversy concerning this series, and just because it sounds like fun, I will be writing a review of it and posting it on here. I’ll probably finish the series in the next week, and therefore should have my review out sometime this month. However, no promises 🙂

‘Riting

Here comes the third R. Yes, I know you noticed these are all out of order. My apologies. Haha. Just kidding. I actually have nothing to apologize for.

So, to talk about writing, *clears throat**mumbles incoherently* I haven’t done any recently.

Geez, Catherine. I thought you were a writer.

Heh. Me too. Sorry.

But, I am hoping to write some more this month, and as I said before, I want more goals in my life. Therefore, I’ve decided to set myself some goals specific for October.

Goal 1:

Since NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is coming up in November, I will be writing another novel. I have the idea, but I want to outline my plot. Note that by outlining I mean setting a few guidelines. Essentially, just give myself an end goal and a few checkpoints.

Goal 2:

Worldbuilding for my new novel. I want to be prepared for next month, and what is a story if it doesn’t have a believable world to live in?

Goal 3:

Write my book/series review for Harry Potter, and try to give a clear, unbiased view of it.

Goal 4:

Outline Days of Deception. This is an actual outline with structure and no loopholes. This goal may take me a while, so I’m not going to be sad if I fail to complete this one.

Yay! I have a list of things I need to do. I’d better get started! I’ll post at the end of the month to see if I finished these goals.

Until next time,

Catherine