Beautiful Books #2 | The Writing Process | #NaNoWriMo2015

1.  Is the book turning out how you thought it would, or is it defying your expectations?
Yes and no to both questions haha  A lot of it is coming along well and smoothly.  But there are certain parts that have been difficult to write…that I didn’t think would be so difficult.  It’s coming along well, though.  I’m worrying about editing much, much later….

2.  What’s your first sentence (or paragraph)? 

First few lines from the prologue:

“Remember your commitment.  To protect and serve.”
“You trying to appeal to my guilty conscience, Bowen?”
“Is it guilty?”
A heavy silence ensued between the two angry men, both in police officer uniforms.  
“Imagine all the money we can get from this, Bowen.”
“No.  We’re not in it for the cash.  We’re in it to put an end to this - to protect this city!  You’re letting greed get in the way of - ”
A fist caught Bowen in the jaw and he stumbled backwards in surprise.
“Don’t!  You may be my partner but you’re not my boss.  I can make my own decisions and if this is what I choose to do, then not you or anybody else can stop me.”

First paragraph of first chapter:

I absent-mindedly stirred the spoonful of honey into the hot tea, my eyes lingering on the new frame I had hung on the wall of my studio apartment.  I had worked hard to become a professional journalist, and now I, Fathom Brooks, was proud to display my degree.

3.  Are you a plotter or a pantser?  Have you ever tried both methods and 
how did it turn out? 
Well I’m definitely a plotter when I’m first developing my novel.  I won’t sit down and begin writing
it UNTIL I have the plot line sketched out, my characters named, etc.  But as far as day to day
writing, I TRY to think about what I’m going to write before I sit down and start typing, but that
doesn’t always work out, and I usually have to rely on my characters to communicate with me and
get me going.

4.  What do you reward yourself with after meeting a goal? 
Sleep, usually.  My brain is most active at night, so I make myself write before I allow myself the
luxury of sleep.  Or chocolate.  Chocolate is good too.  
I definitely plan on rewarding myself with bigger things once November is over.  Or I hit certain
word counts throughout the month.  Such as - No Mockingjay Part 2 until I reach 25k.  (I cringed as I
wrote that.)

5.  What do you look for in a name?  Do you have themes and where do you find your names?
Honestly, my characters name themselves.  I’ll think about names and sift through them until I find
the one my character wants or likes the best and just go with it.  I definitely try not to name them after
people I know in real life.  UNLESS I am somehow basing the character off of that person.  Which I
may or may not be doing in my current WIP……

6.  What is your favorite to write: beginning, middle or end - and why?
Definitely beginning.  And end.  Middle kind of sucks, because sometimes, I feel like I’m scrambling
for things to say, merely to hit a certain amount of words.  I hate that.  So when I start feeling that
way, I refocus on my plot line and WHY I’m writing it.

7.  Who’s your current favorite character in your novel?
Honestly, probably Xaquerie.  I like writing from his point of view.  And he’s kind of a boss, and
attractive, and legit, so yeah.

8.  What kind of things have you researched for this project, and how do you go about
researching?  (What’s the weirdest thing you’ve researched?!)
A lot of police-related stuff.  I love using my thesaurus too.  Is that considered researching?  
Weirdest thing so far?  Well, I searched for another word to use instead of ‘passionate’.  That was a
little interesting, I guess.

9.  Do you write better alone or with others?  Do you share your work or prefer to keep it to
Alone.  But I have noticed that when I write in my family’s living room, with activities going on
around me, people talking, laughing, and children playing, I sometimes am able to zone out and
really FOCUS on what I’m writing.  Whereas, when I’m in my room, it’s just me and, for some
reason, I can get more easily distracted.  (Usually with internet related stuff.)
Oh heck no.  Nobody is reading this until it’s finished.  And edited.  And in its fifth draft.  I kid, I kid. 
Or maybe I don’t……

10.  What are your writing habits?  Is there a specific snack you eat?  Do you listen to music? 
What time of day do you write best?
I’m ALL about snacks while writing.  Lately it’s been frozen blueberries, salty pita chips, hummus,
and lots and lots of tea.
I try to listen to music (cuz that just makes me look that much cooler - typing away on my MacBook
while my earbuds are firmly in place), but it doesn’t always help.
Like I said, evening.  Preferably 10pm.



The 777 Challenge

Go to the 7th page of your WIP.
Find the 7th line on that page.
And post the 7 sentences following it.

Any and every one is tagged in this!

       Well???  How did it go?
A smile crept to my lips.  I couldn’t wait to tell her how my morning had gone so far.
“So!” Mr. Donnell began.  
I jumped a little at his enthusiastic outburst.
“Take a seat, Miss Brooks.”  He waved a hand to a plush-looking chair in front of his huge oak desk.
I sat, my duffel bag on my lap again.
“What did you bring me?” he asked, motioning to it.  He leaned against his desk, directly in front of me.



  1. Are we going to be able to read your novel when it is finished?

    1. I really do hope I get to publish this one... So hopefully - YES;)