Beautiful People: Childhood Edition

Hey peeps! Welcome to another round of Beautiful People! It’s hosted by Cait @ Paper Fury and Sky @ Further Up & Further In. If you want to know more about Beautiful People, you can check out the FAQs page here.

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This month’s theme is around childhood, which is interesting because sometimes when you write about characters you don’t always think about what their lives were like as kids, or even what their futures will look like as adult; you think about what’s happening in the present. So this is a chance to take a closer look at the childhood of one of your characters.

For this particular edition I’m going to talk about a character I just created not that long ago, a man named Celezar (sell-eh-zhar). He is a human man who is twenty years old and is a soldier in his father’s army. Oh, and he’s also in love with a Dragon named Talia. Mind you, in this world, Dragons are able to shift into humans, but they often have one telling characteristic that can distinguish them as Dragons. For some, that may be they are unable to shift away their wings, or they can’t shift away the slit of their pupil, or maybe a patch of scales can still be seen. For Talia, her telling characteristic is her eyes.

But Celezar is a young man who grew up the son of the General, so he has had a lot of pressure put on his shoulders to be strong, the be a warrior, and the vanquish the kingdom of Dragons. He has a free spirit and a heart for people, but he also does not want to disappoint his father or his King and the kingdom. Of course, as you can imagine, that is kind of a predicament.

So let’s explore Celezar’s childhood, shall we?

  1. What are their first childhood memory? Celezar was running in a meadow one day away from the small cottage his family called home. He was about four or five at the time, and he went to go play a farther than he ever had before. In the meadow he came upon a sleeping Dragon – an Earthdrake with a massive jaw, dark brown and green scales, and no wings. He remembers going up to the Dragon and putting his little hand against its massive nose and when he looked up he saw that the dragon was watching him. He stood still with fear, but the Dragon just lifted its head and looked down at him, the scales shifting in color from brown to green to a deep blue, and back to brown. He heard his mother scream from a distance away and the Dragon looked up at her before rising to its feet, looked at him one more time, and lumbered away.
  2. What were their best and worst childhood experiences? Best: Getting to pet the Earthdrake. Worst: His mother passed from a different Dragon attack when he was about nine years old as she tried to protect him. Their house ended up burning, and though she managed to get Celezar out of the house, she couldn’t get out herself and burned inside.
  3. What was their childhood home like? It was quaint and cozy with four bedrooms, a large study, a nice kitchen, and a huge yard that he could practice with his father or play games with the other kids in the surrounding area.
  4. What’s something that scared them as child? Close spaces. He’s still claustrophobic to this day, but as a soldier he’s had to learn to handle it; only in extenuating circumstances would he have a problem.
  5. Who did they look up to most? He looked up to his father, for sure. He was strong, intelligent, charismatic, and fun.
  6. Favourite and least favourite childhood foods? Faves: Blueberry pie, roasted ham. Least Faves: Brussel sprouts, pumpkin anything.
  7. If they had their childhood again, would they change anything? He’d definitely make sure his mother would still be alive to this day, that’s for sure.
  8. What kind of child were they? Curious? Wild? Quiet? Devious? He was a happy child, always smiling and giggling at a lot of things. He was also highly curious and wanted to know all about the world around him. He took an interest in medicine and wanted to help out the local doctors as much as possible.
  9. What was their relationship to their parents and siblings like? He was very close with both of his parents, but more so his mother than his father because his father would always be away at war meetings or on the battlefield. He doesn’t have any siblings.
  10. What did they want to be when they grew up, and what did they actually become? He wanted to become a doctor, one that could study medicine for both humans and Dragons, but he became a soldier to please his father.

And there you have it! You (and I) got to learn a little bit about Celezar and who he is as a character. I’m actually really happy that I got to do this because it gets me thinking about his past and how it can affect him now and such.

Let’s Chat! ≧◡≦

What kind of childhood does your character have? Is it traumatic? Happy? Strenuous? What is your character’s best and worst memories?

Beautiful People: May Edition

Hey peeps! Welcome to another round of Beautiful People! It’s hosted by Cait @ Paper Fury and Sky @ Further Up & Further In. If you want to know more about Beautiful People, you can check out the FAQs page here.

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This month’s questions are all kind of random and dive in more into characters and some of their inner things that make them who they are.

Today I’m going to be talking about my character Abby, that I introduced when I first started joining in Beautiful People.

Abigail (Abby for short) is a maid in the palace of Travine, and she performs her role well in the eyes of those who need to see it. But when she’s not under scrutiny, she can be kind, stubborn, curious, sensitive, fun, and protective. She has a secret that not even she knows about, and one that she’ll have revealed to her eventually.

  1. How often do they smile? Would they smile at a stranger? Abby would smile at a stranger because, well, it’s partly her job to be pleasant to guests at the palace, but that’s also just her nature. She’s kind hearted and wants those around her to feel loved.
  2. What is the cruelest thing they’ve ever been told? And what was their reaction? I think being accused of killing a prince and princess is kind of high up there. She reacted as one would expect to react: shock and frustration because of her innocence.
  3. What is the kindest thing they’ve ever been told? And what was their reaction? Probably that she has a kind heart by her mother and her best friend, Morgan. She felt warm inside, like something budded in her heart.
  4. What is one strong memory that has stuck with your character from childhood? Why is it so powerful and lasting? The night her mother died, the sky had cried. The blue sky turned to gray clouds and the heavens opened up, drenching everything in sight. The rain lasted for three days, flooding the landscape and the houses of Travine. Abby’s heart ached like it never had before, and she cried along with the sky for those three days. Her mother had been her nurturer, her protector, her best friend, and her whole world. When she died that night, her strength gone and her eyes still smiling at her, Abby had felt a piece of her heart – her soul – breaking. It was a night she would never forget.
  5. What book (a real actual published book!) do you think your character would benefit from reading? I can see her reading and loving The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson. She’d see a lot of herself in Lia and how she wished she could be free of the palace and all it held.
  6. Have they ever been seriously injured? How severely? How did they react? No, I don’t think so.
  7. Do they like and get along with their neighbours? Oh yeah, she can get along with most anyone. She has one of those kinds of personalities where she makes friends easily.
  8. On a scale from 1 to 10 (1 being easy and 10 being difficult) how easy are they to get along with? I would say a 3. She’s pretty easy to get along with, but once she sets her mind to something and you try to overrule her, she’s not going to go down without a fight. Or get revenge if she can’t fight.
  9. If they could travel anywhere in the world, where would they go? In our world, I think she’d want to see Paris. Of course she’d have Maddock go with her because, hello, city of love and all that.
  10. Who was the last person they held hands with? Maddock. ♥

And that is it for this month’s Beautiful People! I actually really enjoyed these questions because they really got me thinking about Abby and her background. I knew some of it, but some of these were a surprise.

Let’s Chat! ≧◡≦

Is there a major event that happened to your character when they were younger that has stuck with them all of this time? How does it affect them now? And also, because I’m a sap, who was the last person they held hands with and what their significance to your character?

Camp NaNoWriMo Week 3 Recap

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Oh hey, I forgot to post this yesterday, hahaha… And this week had a lot of nonexistent writing. And by nonexistent, I mean I wrote ONE DAY. That was it. This Camp NaNoWriMo I’m really struggling to get anything written, so I don’t know if I’m just going to stop altogether or try to get something done. Maybe if I hit 20,000 words I’ll stop, but we’ll see.

Goal

50,000 words total by the end of April 30th.

That’s the equivalent to a 200-225 page book. So my average daily word count goal to reach my main goal is to write 1,667 words per day.

Stats for Week 3

Day 16: 0 words for a total of 17,660 words
Day 17: 0 words for a total of 17,660 words
Day 18: 0 words for a total of 17,660 words
Day 19: 0 words for a total of 17,660 words
Day 20: 613 words for a total of 18,273 words
Day 21: 0 words for a total of 18,273 words
Day 22: 0 words for a total of 18,273 words

*I’m not including today, April 23rd, as the day is not over yet. Today’s word count will be in next week’s recap.

This Week’s Advice: Keep Going!

I might sound hypocritical here given my own progress, but if you’ve come this far this month in your writing then keep going! We’re almost to the end and your goal may seem far away (like mine), but you can do it! Even if you don’t reach your primary goal, strive to reach a smaller one.

You really wanted to get to a specific scene that you were building up to? Write it. You’ve got your beginning and ending down, but the middle seems kind of funky? Write an imaginary one as filler. Play around and experiment and see what kinds of things you can come up with because even if you can’t reach your goal you’ve still made progress this month and you should be proud of yourself!

This week was a rough one for me and I don’t know that I’m going to keep writing, but I’m going to see what happens.

How was your third week? Have you hit a lull or given up? Or have you soared higher than anything your expected? Let me know!

Camp NaNoWriMo 2016

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Oh man, guys, it’s that time of year again! I’m going to be participating in Camp NaNoWriMo in the month of April and I’m pretty pumped about it!

If you don’t know what Camp NaNoWriMo is, it’s a more relaxed version of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in which the goal for NaNoWriMo is to write 50,000 words in one month. NaNoWriMo takes place every year in the month of November, but Camp NaNoWriMo takes place in both April and June of each year. The only thing is is that the goal for Camp is set from 10,000 to 999,999 words. So you have a much broader range in which to write!

Check out their FAQs for any questions you might have.

I didn’t participate in last year’s NaNoWriMo (well, I started to, but didn’t get far), and soo with this upcoming Camp NaNoWriMo I decided that instead of working on the same project I worked on last year, I’m going to start a whole new one! Yup, I’m that ambitious.

What’s my new project going to be about? I wrote out the synopsis the other day and I’m actually pretty pumped about this one:

Nara is a thief of the Rising City, and she’s been one since she was a little girl, trained and abandoned by her father. Now, as a twenty year old, she is one of the most infamous thieves in all of the Rising City. But when one mistake almost costs her her life, she is thrown into a life debt by someone she never would have thought she’d ally herself with: a Magician.

Mikail is a Magician, a rare breed that is seldom seen in the world anymore, and he is still honing his skills. When his powers manifested at a young age, he didn’t expect to be in the eye of every powerful person in the Rising City – especially that of the Queen. But when one day his magic goes haywire and he saves a thief from most certain death, he thinks that maybe she is his ticket to freedom.

Though the two cross and their lives mix, neither one could be prepared for what happens to them – or their hearts.

I’m pretty excited about this one because I’m picturing more of a steampunk kind of setting, but we’ll see if I stick with that! My characters will take me wherever they want to go and that may not be the direction they want.

So with this new story I hope to write every day, at least something per day. I have a goal of 20,000 words set for the month, but if I write more than that’s awesome! If not, well, that’s okay, too.

My average words per day in order to reach my goal is 667 words. Very easily doable, honestly (considering some of my reviews are over 1,000 words, I’m pretty sure I can easily do this per day, haha!).

If you want to check out my progress and add me as a friend, you can check out my profile!

I’ll be posting weekly writing updates and wrap-ups, so be sure to check back to see my progress and how my writing’s going. And in those wrap-ups I’ll also talk about writing advice and tips and such for any of those who may need a bit of help or inspiration.

If you’re participating this year, please let me know! I’d love to hear your ideas and talk about writing with you. If you’re not participating, then let me know if this is something you’d be interested in in the summer months. Maybe I’ll even join you and participate then, too!

Do You Write Fanfiction?

Hey guys, today I thought I’d talk about something that I’ve thought of doing before but have never actually really tried: fanfiction.

We’ve all heard of fanfiction, if not read it before: works of fiction written by individuals who are fans of a certain piece of literature or show. Some big examples are Harry Potter, Supernatural, and even My Little Pony. People love writing different endings, new couples, or even inserting themselves into the world somehow, but fanfiction usually encompasses some aspect of the original story into their own.

Now I’ve never personally read fanfiction (at least that I wasn’t forced to as a teen from my friends, by my friends), but I’ve really wanted to write fanfiction and I just don’t know where to start!

I have lots of couples that I wish actually happened or scenes that I wish had been played out more or differently, and I want to write them in my own style and everything, but I just never have.

I think my biggest reasoning is that since they’re not my characters and it’s not my piece of work, I feel I don’t have the right to do so.

I mean, I know that fanfiction is a big thing and a lot of people like writing it – and that’s great! But how do I get over that barrier and actually write some fanfiction?

Anyone have any tips for writing fanfiction? Where to start, what kind to write, publishing it on Wattpad or another fanfic site? Please let me know!