It is time for the final beautiful books link-up. To read about other work in progress novels, check out the link up page on Sky or Cait’s blog.
Alrighty, let’s get er done.
1. On a scale of 1 (worst) to 10 (best) how well do you think this book turned out?
Right now it is probably a 3 with potential for more. I think I’ve got a great story and great characters, but the hastily hashed prose needs work. Much much work.
2. Have you ever rewritten or editing one of your books before? If so, what do you do to prepare yourself? If not, what’s your plan?
I enjoy an occasional rewrite session with my childhood short stories. Attempting to turn the fantastical ideas of my eight year old brain into a viable story makes for a fun challenge.
3. What’s your final wordcount? Do you plan to lengthen or trim your book?
Right now the word count is about 51,600. I forsee many changes that will probably add at least another 10,000 words.
4. What’s are you most proud of? Plot, characters, or pacing?
My favorite element in any type of fiction is characters. Thus, if I was proud of anything, I would be proud of my people. However, they still need a whole lot of work.
5. What’s your favourite bit of prose or line from this novel?
I’m going to have to skip this one because what I wrote is pretty inaccessible right now. My dad is still working on saving it onto a hard drive from my stubborn computer.
6. What aspect of your book needs the most work?
You know how Victor Hugo spends whole sections of his novels describing minute details and setting the background so that he can hit you down with a horrible sentence and smash your heart to smithereens? I’m going to try a mini version of that technique. I’m trying to break hearts here, consider yourself warned.
7. What aspect of your book is your favourite?
The interaction between Aldwin and Ellyn, two of the three POV characters. They are pretty great.
8. How are your characters? Well-rounded, or do they still need to be fleshed-out?
In my head they are perfect. There is still some paper work to be done : )
9. If you had to do it over again, what would you change about the whole process?
Not much. I like how things went as far as process goes. I would probably have started writing in first person POV. I wrote the whole thing in third person before realizing that that made no sense for my story. So now I’ll have to go back and rewrite the whole thing. No big deal.
10. Did anything happen in your book that completely surprised you? Have any scenes or characters turned out differently to what you planned? Good or bad?
Yes. There is an old wise man in the story who was supposed to be, you know, a fairly generic old wise man. And then suddenly his back story became entangled with the main villain in a way I had never ever planned and my writing time became significantly more interesting.
11. What was the theme and message? Do you think it came across? If not, is there anything you could do to bring it out more?
My message is that when it comes to prejudice and racial conflict, there is no magic potion or fairy-godmother answer. However, things can be worked out when people strive to understand and help one another. I hope my story inspires people to work hard to maintain relationships with people who are really different from them, even when it isn’t easy.
As it stands, I think the message comes through a bit. As I refine the novel and work on the prose, It should become even more clear.
12. Do you like writing with a deadline (like NaNoWriMo) or do you prefer to write-as-it-comes?
It was great motivation. Near the end, the pressure of finishing on time mixed with other worries (life, you know, it happens) forced me to push through and write quite a bit of junk. I think I work best when I can take time to have writer’s block and think things through without writing words down for a few days or weeks at a time. However, It was a fun exercise that I hope to repeat in years to come.
13. Comparative title time! What published books, movies, or TV shows are like your book? (Ex: Inkheart meets X-Men, etc.)
My dream would be to compare it to The Chronicles of Pyrdian, one of my all time favorite children’s book series. It isn’t there yet. I’m also going for a bit of a Brian Jaques storytelling flavor, think Castaways of the Flying Dutchman.
14. How do you celebrate a finished novel?!
15. When people are done reading your book, what feeling do you want them to come away with?
I think a nice post-novel feeling is warm and fuzzy with a healthy side helping of inspiration to go on an adventure. That’s what I generally go for.
Woot woot! And there you have it. Editing is on the way for two of my novels. I think this is a licorice worthy occasion.