Good day, Wonderlings!
Welcome back to yet another round of WIPpets & Snippets. I hope you guys are enjoying this feature as much as we are, because it’s been a blast so far.
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Summary: Charlie knows her life is a mess, but a blind date that ends in a kidnapping is extreme even for her. When she’s thrown into a magical world she never knew existed, she quickly realises that fairytales may be fun in children’s books but less so in real life. As her life is threatened, and she is thrown into a wild goose chase to find an object that might or might not save her family, she has to learn quickly or die trying.
I always thought these were only there for procrastination purposes, but it’s actually helped me with inspiration. I also have a playlist I listen to when I’m writing, but it’s a work in progress.
Tell us about yourself! I’ve always been a reader. I spent my childhood attending Hogwarts, travelling through Narnia, and flying across fantasy lands on the back of a dragon. Literature was my main escape as a child, and I remember thinking that I would like to provide that same chance to others. Reading and writing are connected for me – it’s just another way of experiencing a story, but when I write I can decide what happens (sort of, sometimes the characters decide). Growing up, whenever I went through something major, writing it down helped me to work through my emotions. But it wasn’t just self-therapy: I was writing stories for friends in which they finally got together with their crush, or a eulogy for my mum’s beloved car that broke down. There was always something to write about, but it was more fun with an audience. Internet communities helped me get more serious about writing, because they offer beta readers, writing tips, and support when you’re convinced your story sucks (as well as advice on how to improve it when it does suck). I love writing, but it’s important to see there are others out there doing the same thing when you feel isolated, so events like NaNoWriMo are great for motivation. I’d love to be a professional author someday, but I know it’s a long and stony road, so for now I’m just stumbling along and enjoying the scenery.
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?
I need to have a free head to write, so ideally I don’t have any other obligations. In terms of equipment, I really just need my laptop and electricity. I sometimes listen to music, but it has to be a specific playlist, movie scores, or classical music. I do my best writing when I’m alone, but it can feel a little isolating, so it’s great if I have people to talk to on social media in between breaks (word wars are great too!). In a perfect writing moment though, I’m just inspired and forget the world around me. I don’t think about word counts, or plot holes, or making everything sound perfect. It just flows, and my hands can barely keep up with my ideas. This doesn’t happen too often, but when it does, it’s magical.
What are your writing inspirations?
Everything around me! Sometimes, when I read, my mind goes off on a tangent, and I get an idea for my own story. It can be a feeling I get when I listen to a certain song, a sequence of words that makes me wonder ‘what if’, or a conversation with a friend. Occasionally, I write down the first sentence that comes to mind, and then go from there.
How often do you get distracted by the internet while writing?
Come on. You know the answer to this is always. I get forever distracted by the internet when writing. I’ll go to look up a word, and an hour later I’ll find myself reading an article on what’s inside the Queen’s handbag, or trying to learn the rap bits to Hamilton’s My Shot (I’m getting there). The internet is like the world’s biggest paradox to me – a wealth of inspiration, but so much distraction that you never actually make use of it.
Snippet: This book was meant to have a lot of DARK and DRAMATIC scenes, but really it’s just lots of people bantering.
Sarah looked at her gravely. Charlie was fairly sure it was an act, but it was hard to tell with her sister sometimes. “Oh, I’m out of the woods when it comes to the dating game,” Sarah said. “It’s you I worry about. I’m pretty sure the last time you got any was when you conceived Leia.”
“It’s a constant mystery to me how anyone who still calls it the game found someone to marry,” Charlie said, ignoring the latter part of her sister’s comment. Mainly because she was right.
“It’s because I’m a catch.” Sarah flipped her hair back the way they had practiced together after watching Sex and the City when they were younger.
“You are,” Charlie agreed. “As in ‘this is too good, there must be a catch.'”
Sarah glared at her, but this time Charlie was sure it was just an act. “Remember when I apologized for setting you up on a date that almost got you killed earlier? I take it back.”
There is absolutely nothing that appeals to me more than sisterly banter. Thanks so much for joining us, Vlora!
“You had time to call the police. Why didn’t you?”
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