Hi everyone! Getting back on track with blogging and life after my small break and travel is, well… it’s life, I guess. I’m not looking forward to work and wish I could be one of these bloggers living off blogging and travelling. Oh, that’d be fun.
I’ve been back for two days from holidays and it’s been the best to get back to the community, comment and read your lovely blog posts again and I’ve been overwhelmed and happy to see that some of you mentioned me in their Top Ten Tuesday posts for their favorite blogs… I just… 😭 I can’t thank you enough for your love and support and I’m thrilled to be back to blogging now and to chat with you all again! (Though taking a break was good. Breaks ARE SO IMPORTANT).
ANYWAY I am not here to talk about that. I’m here to talk about… WRITING.
My WIP and I have a complicated history, since I’ve been working on and off on that particular story since, well… 2015. That’s a long time, I guess, but I’ve been making a bit of progress lately with it and I’m hopefully looking forward to editing it and maybe giving myself a goal of finishing my edits by the end of the year. Probably wishful thinking, but I really, really, really want to finish this story.
As always, my wonderful friend Kat has put together a lovely writing tag to help us fellow writers get a better hang on our characters and definitely to make us think more and more about them all. The lovely Sophie tagged me as well for this. I’m so happy to be doing this right now and I had a fun time answering these, even if… well, it was harder than it seemed to, at first. Oops. Let’s get on reading if you’re any curious (I hope you are).
- Thank the person who tagged you but also link back to the original post!
- Provide a short description of your WIP/story!
After the disappearance of her best friend, Keely chooses to follow their dream-path and gets into the very selective boarding school they both wanted to attend. Grieving Gaulthier, making new friends and trying to make her dreams come true turns out to be more of a challenge than she thinks, especially when this new competitive world is paved with something that clearly seems like bad intentions.
To hear more about my WIP, feel free to check out my writing category on the blog!
- This is pretty focused on main characters but don’t hesitate to use several characters for the answers if you want to! (We want to get to know as many of your characters as possible)
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
Where does your main character (MC) live? Were they born there or did they move to that place?
Keely lives in a small coastal town in south England. She was born there and has always lived in that same house, a couple steps away from the beach.
Does your MC have a dream career? What (if anything) stops them from pursuing it?
Keely does not have a dream career, for now. She likes writing and literature and journalism, she likes history and myths and legends, she likes languages and philosophy. She likes loads of things and loves to read tons about it, too. Does she feel pressured, by herself, society, everything, to find her “thing”? Yes.
Nothing really is preventing her from pursuing her dreams, for now.
Did any of your characters ever go against their parents/family’s wishes? How did that change their relationship?
Lyna went against her parents’ wishes by coming to study there. Not going to say more, because spoilers, but her parents were not that fond of her coming to the school, but they let it slide, because Lyna can be pretty convincing. Their relationship has become even more overprotective and over-bearing for Lyna because of that. See, Lyna’s parents – especially her dad – want the best for her and are constantly checking on her well-being and let’s say that, for Lyna’s very independant kind of personality, it’s not that fun.
If faced with their greatest fear – would your MC try to overcome it or run the other way?
My main character is actually faced with her greatest fear a couple of months before the book starts, as she loses her best friend. She tried to run away for a while, but then took her courage and her obstination and tries now, little by little, to overcome that loss and to realize their dreams.
Did any character have to cut a person out of their life? Why?
It think, out of all my characters, Lyna had to cut the most people out of her life so far – and never voluntarily, and always people she cared about a whole lot. Two of them are on my WIP and spoilers, so….
What is your main character’s biggest regret?
Keely’s biggest regret is probably, as we start this story, not to have had more time, more fun, not to have opened up sooner with her best friend and enjoyed their time together before he was gone.
Which character is most likely going to help a stranger, even if they got nothing out of it in return?
That’s definitely something that Jamie would do. Always ready to help and really friendly to almost anyone – he’d help them and offer them a muffin afterwards, just because, well, muffins, you know.
If your character got good/bad news, who would be the person they first tell?
If we are talking about Keely, she would tell Gaulthier first, her best friend. Since he is not here anymore, she would tell her mom, because they are really close.
I’m going to take that chance to talk about Jamie and Noah, because both would go, without a doubt, to each other first to share any kind of news. They have the kind of friendship where one just barges into the other’s room randomly or enters the bathroom while one showers to share the good news and then proceed to dance around with no care in the world.
BONUS: Make an aesthetic for your MCs life if there had been no obstacles (money, geographical, etc.) and they had everything they wanted. (It is up to you if you want to explain it or not!)
I’ll leave that one up for your own interpretation!
I TAG THEE
If you want to do this, there is no obligation!
And any other writer out there willing to participate, please do, it’s such a fun tag!
What do you think of my answers? Would this make you want to read my WIP, or know more about it? I’m a bit nervous to ask this, but I’m also curious, sooooo…
How would you interpret that last aesthetic? Do you feel like, from these answers and aesthetics, that I’m writing something happy, or sad? I’m curious to hear your thoughts. I’d love to hear from you in comments!
(Also, very out of topic, but since I’m back from holidays… would you guys enjoy a travel post about my adventures to Edinburgh & Scotland? Please let me know if that’s something you’d be interested in reading!)