Recently, I spent about a month turning this:
An 80,000 word draft that is nearing completion. Along the way, I have immersed myself in fiction, taking a break from the usual nonfiction books I read most, in order to re-inspire the story teller in me. It has been a welcome, and effective, change. And with today, April 1st, marking the beginning of Camp NanoWrimo, I’m planning to continue with my fiction frenzy, for a while, anyway. My goal is to finish the novel!
I haven’t written a whole lot here about my endeavors in the world of fiction, partly because I haven’t wanted to give too many details before the story is finished. But also because it isn’t the primary focus of this blog. However, since I haven’t posted for a while, and fiction has been consuming most of my writing time, I thought I’d do a quick post with some of the things I’ve shared on Twitter about my novel.
There are so many writers and artists supporting and encouraging each other on Twitter with hundreds of different hashtag games and I’ve been enjoying connecting with some of them. I recommend some of the one-line prompt hashtags for a way to discover some incredibly talented writers. There are a lot of these, I haven’t discovered them all, but the two I sometimes participate in are #1linewed and #2bittues. A search of either will bring up loads of great lines.
Another hashtag game I’ve really enjoyed is #authorconfession, hosted by author JM Sullivan. This game is a series of questions about one’s work in progress (WIP) or just general questions about writers and writing. Since I’ve enjoyed the game, I thought I’d share some of the answers I gave for the months of January and March. So, here is a little sneak peak at my own work of fiction.
Day 1: Who is your favorite character in your WIP? Answer: This guy:
Day 5: Describe your main character in three words. A: Full of rage.
Day 6: What word do you use too much? A: Hmm, probably some four-letter words…just, that, the f-bomb.
Day 12: Describe your villain in three words. A: I have many villains. The worst one described in three words: psychopathic, corrupt, ruthless.
Day 15: Tell a secret about your WIP. A: It is about a really big secret.
Day 16: Who is your least favorite character in your WIP? A: Paul Douglas. You’ll have to read the book to find out why.
Day 21: What do you want to accomplish with writing? A: I want to get people to think about the reality of never-ending war, among other things.
Day 22: What is your favorite scene in your WIP? A: My favorite scene is a confrontation between MC (main character) and antagonist that takes place in a bombed Afghan farmhouse.
Day 30: Claim your hashtag! Explain your choice. A: I’ll claim #compasscode, I’ll explain later.
Day 31: Pitch your WIP. A: A young US soldier finds himself targeted for his father’s secrets.
Day 1: What is the first line of your WIP? A: It was a powerful sense of impending doom that awoke James North with a start.
Day 3: Describe your WIP in three words. A: War, corruption, secrets.
Day 4: What is your MC willing to die for? A: Revenge.
Day 5: Do your protagonist/antagonist have anything in common? A: Yes, they are all guilty of something.
Day 8: How would your antagonist describe your MC? A: One antagonist would describe my MC as a dangerously impulsive smart ass, but a potentially useful idiot.
Day 12: Is your MC superstitious? A: Although others have described him as a walking good luck charm, my MC is not superstitious.
Day 18: Do any of your characters ‘get lucky’? A: Of course my characters get lucky, but you’ll have to read it to find out which ones.
Day 25: What is your character’s worst memory?
Day 28: When is your main character’s birthday? A: My MC’s birthday is September 12th, something he prefers to keep to himself so he doesn’t have to celebrate it.
So, there you have it, just some little hints about my story, I hope you enjoyed them. I’ll be sharing more details as it gets closer to completion. Which will hopefully be soon, so I can move on to other writing projects! Like part two.