Today we return with WIPpets & Snippets, in which we feature writers and their WIPs and prompt each other to keep on writing. On the blog today is Jinan of All the Crannies! You can also find her on Twitter and Goodreads.
Genre: High Fantasy
Summary: To gain her second set of wings, Lorelei must cross the fabled and treacherous Elder Woods, where even the air wants to kill you, on her own.
Tell us about yourself! Hello everyone! My name is Jinan but I also go by J or Jay, whichever one you’re inclined to use. I’m a senior Engineering student, as well as a book blogger with a side of writer. I’m also a self-taught baker and a lover of dresses, heels, and lipstick.
My writing is something that’s very special to me. I rarely share it with anyone and I don’t see it turning to be my career. That doesn’t mean that I don’t take it seriously, because I do, it just means that in the future I hope to find a job that’s related to my BS degree.
Describe your perfect writing moment. Where are you, what do you use to write, are you listening to any music, what are you eating/drinking?
Sitting at my desk, completely alone, not eating or drinking anything, with the window open and a slight breeze blowing in. Occasionally I like to listen to soundtracks, but I prefer silence most of the time.
What are your writing inspirations?
I don’t really have any inspirations per se, but sometimes the place I’m in or what I’m doing causes a whole scene to play in my mind. Sometimes the scene isn’t even part of my WIP and is completely unrelated. When that happens I usually take my phone out, quickly open Evernote, and word vomit (sorry!) everything down. I don’t take care with the spelling or grammar or punctuation. My most important goal at that instant is to get all my thoughts down. The thing about my writing life is that what I write doesn’t fall under one category. Yes, I always have a WIP, and by that, I mean a story with characters and a plot, but I write other things too. I write free verse as well as short pieces that talk about whatever it is that I’m feeling at that instant, be it happy or sad. It’s not very structured writing, I know, but it works for me.
I also feel that reading a lot helps. I always say that if you want to be a writer you have to be reader first. Reading exposes you to different writing styles, methods, words, and expressions, and if you want to be a writer you need to have a lot of those.
How often do you get distracted by the internet while writing?
Never! Since I don’t write for very long periods of time, I’m usually very absorbed in getting my thoughts down that I don’t have time to be distracted.
“The air had claws and it was raking them down my wind pipe, shredding bone and I gasped, gasped for something, anything, to just please stop the blinding pain from overtaking my senses. My shaky hand clutched at my throat, at my chest, as if that will somehow stop the agony that caused my legs to shake so bad I could barely stand anymore.”
Holy moly! That sounds incredible, Jinan! Thanks so much for taking part in the second round of WIPpets & Snippets, and I hope we see you here again.
Your main character is a woman in her fifties, who is very considerate. The story begins in a nursing home. Someone receives a marriage proposal. It’s a story about envy. Your character sets out on a rescue mission.
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