Monday, May 28, 2018

Beautiful Books #3 - More About Processes and Writing

(Series by Cait @ Paper Fury and Sky @ Further Up and Further In)
Note to self - remember to finish posts before scheduling them, ha ha. That being said, let me go and fix this post.

1. On a scale of 1 (worst) to 10 (best) how well do you think this book turned out?

So I think it's a 10, otherwise I wouldn't be publishing it, but maybe in five to ten years I can reevaluate that.

2. Have you ever rewritten or edited one of your books before? If so, what do you do to prepare yourself? If not, what’s your plan?

I have - and I kind of just go for it? I don't really do anything special to get ready, ha ha.

3. What’s your final word count? Do you plan to lengthen or trim your book?

135, 219 words. And since that is the rewrite of the rough draft, I don't have any plans to change it at this time.

4. What are you most proud of? Plot, characters, or pacing?

Characters - Dandy especially. She's a really complex character and hard to keep realistic while also not being completely unlikable.

5. What’s your favorite bit of prose or line from this novel?

To keep from spoilers - page 425, last paragraph.

6. What aspect of your book needs the most work?

Probably getting better at expositing with less words.

7. What aspect of your book is your favourite?

The characters and dialogue - both were really fun to write!

8. How are your characters? Well-rounded, or do they still need to be fleshed out?

I think my characters are pretty well rounded - the two main characters go through different growth arcs, and the characters from the last book have some interesting times as well.

9. If you had to do it over again, what would you change about the whole process?

I'd want to be able to write faster with the same quality.

10. Did anything happen in the book that completely surprised you? Have any scenes or characters turned out differently to what you planned? Good or bad?

See #5. I love that scene.

11. What was the theme and message? Do you think they came across? If not, is there anything you could do to bring them out more?

Uh I didn't really have one? Maybe just be a good person?

12. Do you like writing with a deadline (like NaNoWriMo) or do you prefer to write-as-it-comes?

I like write it as it comes but that led me to not really finishing stories so I need to give myself more deadlines.

13. Comparative title time! What published books, movies, or TV shows are like your book? (Ex: Inkheart meets X-Men.)

Uh between my reviewers and my editor, Studio Ghibli story meets director Kevin Smith's sense of humor.

14. How do you celebrate a finished novel?!

Publish it, ha ha. No, I don't really have a particular ritual or anything, I just feel very accomplished. but after you finish it you still have a lot more work ahead, so it's not really like being "done" done.

15. When people are done reading your book, what feeling do you want them to come away with?

I have no idea - that they enjoyed it?





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