Thursday, 23 December 2010
First, my novels. Suns and Stars is in first, Firework is in first, and Electric Dreamer is in first-third.
I love writing in first, because I feel it helps me get into the characters' heads easier. But I decided to write Electric Dreamer in first-third as I thought it would be interesting, and earlier this week, I bought Junk by Melvin Burgess which is written that way, even though I haven't started reading it yet.
Third, on the other hand, is good because it means that the narrator can see things from a distance and have several perspectives without interrupting the flow of the story. My favourite example of this is the Harry Potter series, where there are chapters that are not from Harry's POV, but are still important to the plot.
Now for deciding which to choose. Personally, I would choose first for romances and other times when you want the readers to get into a character's head, and third for when you want them to see things from a distance. This is why I think first-third suits Electric Dreamer - first is for the romance bits, and third is for the band bits
Tuesday, 21 December 2010
Amber, Scarlett, Maddie, Beth and Paige are best friends. And a band. Electric Dreamer. This novel follows them as: Amber tries to get over her ex, Ryan; Scarlett tries to discover what's really going on with her boyfriend, Tom; Maddie tries to get together with her best friend and crush of five years, Ed; Beth tries to get a boyfriend; and Paige tries to find out who she really is.
It started life as a novella written in first person, but after getting feedback and being told it wasn't very good, I put it in the trunk. Now I am going to rewrite it as a novel in third person.
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Monday, 29 November 2010
I picked it because this weekend I was having difficulting motivating myself to write the scene I'm currently on, and this is one of my favourites from the album that helped big time (Bmin/E).
Sunday, 28 November 2010
Will is a 15 year old schoolboy. Bullied by the so-called cool kids for being weird, struggles with his schoolwork and rejection by his crush makes Will feel that his whole life is utterly pointless. He is bitten, and becomes a vampire. Eventually, he realises that he is worth it and begins to plot his revenge...
It is told in first person from Will's POV and I am hoping that it'll be full of dark humour, while still being lighthearted in parts. I am hoping that it'll be finished, going by how long I've been writing this version of Suns and Stars, by May, which would be pretty good timing, as I finish uni in April and go back to uni in October, so I could hopefully have written the second draft of Suns and Stars, and maybe even started the second draft of this by the time I go back. But we'll see. Wish me luck.
Monday, 22 November 2010
It's Suns and Stars' overall theme tune, not because my story bears any resemblance to Romeo & Juliet, but because my story features forbidden love and a dad who doesn't want his daughter going out with the guy she loves and some of the lines fit perfectly with some scenes. And there are two versions that really stand out when it comes to Suns and Stars - this version, which fits Dulcie's POV, and Dave Days' (an amazing guy I discovered on YouTube) version, which fits Tristan's POV. Yay for versions of songs in different gender POVs!
Monday, 15 November 2010
I picked it because it is Tristan's and Dulcie's couple theme tune. It's their theme tune because it fits the whole thing of how they are different - Tristan is human, Dulcie is fae - and yet, no matter what, even though they've been through so much crap, they will be there for each other. Because they love each so much. Though it does take them a long time to realise that, but never mind.
Wednesday, 10 November 2010
- Finish the first draft of Suns and Stars by New Year
- Finish the first draft of Fall by New Year
- Start thinking about my next novel.
Monday, 8 November 2010
The reason I picked it is because the whole album, Hot Mess, has been helping me loads when it comes to motivation and writing quickly, and this is one of my favourite tracks on it. Plus, it's the kind of song that makes me want to get up and dance, which is perfect for writing when I'm feeling kind of tired.
Monday, 1 November 2010
My song of the week is The NaNoWriMo Song by All Caps.
The reason why it's my song of the week is very simple. It totally fits my life for the next few weeks!
Saturday, 30 October 2010
October 2010. A new chapter in Natalie's life. University. Within two weeks of starting, she meets Caleb. Instantly, she fancies him and as well as trying to do as well as she can in uni, she tries her hardest to pluck up the courage to ask him out. But will she ever do it? Only time will tell...
It sounds cliche, I know, but hopefully it won't be when it's finished. I'm hoping to write a cute and quirky romantic comedy, with a few twisted motivations. It's inspired by my crush at uni - although there aren't any twisted motivations there - so I'm bound to come up with a few ideas and do okay writing it!
Unfortunatly, Suns and Stars is on hold, due to writer's block, but I'm hoping to finish both of these by the end of the year and start editing them early next year!
Monday, 25 October 2010
So, this week that song is Sugar Rush by Cash Cash.
The reason I picked this song is because it's Natalie's, the FMC from my NaNo Fall (more about that later this week), love theme. She thinks Caleb, the MMC, is totally adorable, and he gives her "one big sugar rush" every she sees him.Just switch the genders in the song around, and it fits. I can also see her listening to it and instantly thinking of him, which makes it even more fitting.
Thursday, 21 October 2010
My last crush was... not very good. It ended up making me really depressed. But in a weird sort of way, the heartbreak was a good thing. It has provided a lot of inspiration for when I write about unrequited love. I still wish we'd got together, though.
Has anyone else been inspired by something that's happened to them? How?
Wednesday, 29 September 2010
This is Ambitons by Joe McElederry. Why is it on a blog about writing, you may ask. Because of the lyrics. It is such a motivating song and makes me ridiculously happy. I recommend it to any creative person who loves upbeat pop.
Thursday, 23 September 2010
- Add to my online presence,
- Get all things all writing related off my chest,
- Build up a fanbase.
My current project is Suns and Stars, which is a YA romance about a human, Tristan, and a faerie, Dulcie, who meet and have to overcome obsatacles they never thought they would have to face to be together. Sounds lame, I know. But it isn't, though I could be biased on that one. I'm more than halfway through the first draft, which I'm hoping to finish in time for NaNoWrimo, which runs through the whole of November.
My biggest inspiration is music and I find it so much easier to write if I have some playing. What do I listen to while writing, you may ask? Well, I'll tell you. Anything from pop to emo, from soundtracks to indie. Anything with inspiring lyrics or melodies that takes my fancy and evokes images in my head at the time of writing, basically.
You might also be wondering: Why YA? Why not anything else? I write YA because I love it, and I am one, ha. I adore teen romances, and I do wonder sometimes if I'm the only one who thinks that they're more interesting than adult ones in terms of fiction. So I write them, though I'm hoping to extend my repatiore to MG fiction and other types of YA. My biggest influences are CS Lewis (who wouldn't like to go to Narnia one day?), Neil Gaiman, Louise Rennison and Cecila Ahren.
Okay, I'll shut up. Any questions, just post a comment and I'll try and answer them in a future post.