Beautiful Books Link-Up #2: Twinepathy (Again!)

I am enjoying this story SO MUCH. And when I saw the questions for the second Beautiful Books Link-Up, I knew I had to do it. Buuuut… one catch. I forced myself to wait until I hit 20k. Then again, when it came out, I was at 19.5k, so…

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Is the book turning out how you thought it would be, or is it defying your expectations?

In a way, yes to both. For one, I wasn’t expecting to have so much fun. But so far the plot is (mostly) following my plans.

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

First sentence: Hello, my name is Albany, and I have a telepathic connection with my twin sister, along with the ability to read minds.

Not bad, but it might change. 😉

3. Are you a plotter or a pantser? Have you ever tried both methods and how did it turn out?

I’m a plantser. I usually have a bunch of vague ideas and then decide I can’t wait to write and skip the whole plotting part. I used to be a hardcore plotter, but I got impatient. 😉

4. What do you reward yourself with after meeting a goal?

Usually I get to send it to my beta-readers, and then I let myself read some of LotR. IT WORKS, OKAY? XD

5. What do you look for in a name? Do you have themes and where do you find your names?

I usually look for a name that fits the person’s personality and also sounds cool. That’s what I did for most of the characters in Twinepathy. For the twins and their brother, I chose city names (which plays into Maddie’s name, too). I love naming characters. And if I don’t have a personality for them, I find a name and base their personality off of that. I usually use Behind The Name to find names. Other times, just my imagination.

6. What is your favourite to write: beginning, middle, or end — and why?

Oooh… I don’t know, it’s hard to decide. I love the end, because I finish and I get to reward all my characters with cake and ice cream and I get to send it out to my beta-readers and my mom to read all the way through… and just awesomeness. Basically, I like having a finished story. 😉 Overall, though, I think the middle is my favorite, with the growing tension.

7. Who’s your current favourite character in your novel?

Grrrrr! These questions are terrible. Probably either Jen or Blaze.

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?!)

Hmm… I don’t think I’ve done much research. Ooh, I know, one of the only things I’ve done is Googled two of my characters’ names because another character in the story was searching their names, and I wanted the results to be realistic. 😉

9. Do you write better alone or with others? Do you share your work or prefer to keep it to yourself?

I write better by myself – no distractions – but I LOVE sharing my work. If I have someone reading it and saying I NEED MORE or WHAT WHY DID YOU DO THAT or Otlichno! (Emma… 😉 ) it motivates me so much more.

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? Feel free to show us a picture of your writing space!

I write when I want to, whenever I have time. NO FOOD (unfortunately). I rarely listen to music, since it distracts me, unless I put on the Avengers theme song. I usually write best in the evenings, when I have less distractions.

And no, you get no picture of my writing space. A cluttered desk is a sign of genius, my friends, but that doesn’t mean I want to show it to you. 😉

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Tales From The Writer’s Desk: So Many Stories

Hullo, everyone! This is a little piece that came out of my frustration for all the new story ideas I keep getting. All stories mentioned are real works-in-progress or new ideas. Enjoy!

I’m literally banging my head on my desk when Benedict comes into my office. He coughs, and I look up, rubbing my now sore forehead. “Yes?” I grumble.

Benedict hands me an envelope. “Another one, from Shadow.”

I let the envelope fall onto the desk, rolling my eyes at the “Confidential” stamp on it. Shadow is the guy who dishes up ideas for me. Right now he is the person I am quite angry with. Emphasis on angry.

“Would you like me to read it for you?” Benedict offers. He’s so helpful, bless his heart. If he weren’t here, I probably would have thrown my computer out the third story window by now.

I sigh and push the envelope across the desk to him. “Does he really think I need this many ideas? This is, like, the fourth one this week! Honestly! I mean, I really loved that twin idea, and the ideas for Chloe were super helpful, but I can’t write all of these at once!”

Benedict’s eyes widen as he reads, and he grins. “This one’s good.”

I groan. “I don’t think I want to hear it.”

He dangles the paper in front of me. “Contemporary Robin Hood story with the possibility of becoming a Cinderella crossover… Oh, and it even has a pretty nice first line.”

I snatch the paper away and read it excitedly. “Oooh! I love it!” I hug the paper to my chest, then moan. “But I have so many other stories…”

Benedict pats my shoulder. “You’ll be fine, Bri. Just set it aside for now and write down any ideas that come to mind. You can make it your reward for getting Chloe’s story done.”

I gaze longingly at the story idea. “Benedict, if you get any more envelopes from Shadow, do me a favor and hide them, okay? I’ve already got two possibilities for NaNoWriMo projects… I don’t think I need any more options.”

Benedict smiled. “Of course.”

Well, what about you? Do you have too many story ideas, or not enough? What’s your favorite not-yet-written idea? Comment below!