Blogmas Day 13: “What’s Your WIP?” Tag

Hello everyone! A couple weeks ago my friend over at Christian Girl Writes (check out her blog!) posted something that caught my eye, and made me interested in doing it myself! As you know, I love doing tags, which are fun posts where you answer questions about a certain topic. This one is about whatever WIP (work-in-progress) you’re working on! There are apparently some rules I must follow, so let’s take a look at those real quick!

Rules –

– Thank the person who tagged you and link to their blog. (I wasn’t tagged, but thanks Christian Girl Writes :D)

– Link back to the creator, Katja @ Little Blossoms for Jesus, & add the tag graphic

– List the rules

– Answer the questions

– Add snippets of your WIP if you want

– Tag as many or as few people as you wish &let them know they’re tagged

– Add a clean copy of the questions at the end of your post for the tagged

Has your WIP a working title? If so, tell us! If not, have you any idea of what it might be?

If you’ve been following this blog for a while, and you’ve read my Writing Updates post, you know my most recent WIP was called Dark Tides for a while. I will admit, I didn’t really like that name, and it was quickly changed once I rounded out the plot a little more. These days I call it either Raven King, or King of Ravens. I’m not sure if either of these will turn into the actual title, but I’ve thought about it!

Have you a synopsis for your WIP? If so, give it to us! If not, can you give us a blurb on what your WIP is about?

I have a rough, short blurb, which I suppose I could share with y’all. I’m still working out the plot for the story as a whole, so there’s some things I’m not sure of yet. Here it is:

When a bounty hunter is sent by the queen to find two criminals, she finds there is a much deeper, darker plot to the request- one that is more connected to her own past than she realizes.

Again, it’s short, but it is my WIP in the most basic way I can put it, haha!

Have you a working/mock cover for your WIP? If so, show us! If not, have you an idea in mind?

I don’t really have any ideas for it, actually! I want it to be something simple, and possibly include a lighthouse, but other than that, I don’t know.

How did you get the idea for this story?

I first got the slightest inkling of an idea for this WIP in fall of 2020. My mental health was worse than ever, and I really needed something to work on. I wanted to write something with mermaids, but I didn’t know what I could do that hadn’t been done already. After three days of brainstorming, I finally started to come up with stuff. The story is WILDLY different than it used to be, but it’s a lot better now. Also, at the time, The Mandalorian was growing in popularity and this had a pretty big impact on the story and a couple of the characters, as you can probably tell by the blurb I put above.

How long do you think it will be? Is it longer or shorter than you thought it would be?

At first this WIP was a lot bigger than I wanted it to be! At the very beginning of this year, I decided to cut the book in half, so the first book is now twenty-five chapters. I’m still planning out the sequel, but I want it to be about the same length.

Who’s your favourite character so far?

That’s a hard one! I’m going to say the protagonist, because I feel like I gave her a lot of my own characteristics and I relate to her. She’s also the only female protagonist that I can easily write, and actually enjoy it. It’s hard to write female characters sometimes, for whatever reason, but she has always come easy to me.

What’s your favourite memory related to this WIP?

Oof…probably writing the end of the first draft. I was writing the epilogue, and I was so happy with the way it turned out! Much of that epilogue will still be used in the final drafts just because I liked the concept so much. It was also raining and cold outside, and I even remember the song I was listening to when I wrote it. Good stuff!

Any special person(s) who helped create it?

God? Haha, after the time I spent brainstorming, the ideas could only come from Him! Also, my sisters and three of my friends really helped a lot in forming the plot. Thank you to all of them! 😀

What’s your favourite scene so far (if you can tell about it without spoilers!)?

There is a scene in chapter 5 of the first book where the protagonist goes to see a friend she hasn’t seen in five years. There’s a lot of trauma and baggage from the past between them, so it was a fun scene to write!

Can you give us a snippet? 

Oh boy… I wasn’t sure I would ever put anything from my works (aside from my short stories) on here, but I guess here goes nothing! This is a little piece from the scene I mentioned in the last questions:

She ended up at the cemetery. Tiny droplets of rain fell on the dirt and the humble stones that marked the graves. Her heart pounded as she read the names, remembering each of the Hunters who had been buried. She had watched them all die five years ago. She kept replaying the day over and over in her mind, wondering if there was some way she could have saved them. But she was only one woman, no matter how skilled she was. Even if the entire Guild had attacked the palace to stop the executions, there would have been even more lost lives. Besides, The Master was strict to follow the Oath, and that meant no violence against the throne. In his eyes, the thirty-seven Hunters had deserved to be executed. 

Her breath caught in her throat when she came across Hadley’s grave. She could feel the shovel in her hands, hear the grass snapping as she dug the grave. She could see Hadley’s bloodied body. It threatened to break her all over again. 

“I heard you were looking for me,” a familiar voice said behind her.

Clark. 

She straightened as the muscles in her arms tensed. His voice sent her mind reeling. Her own voice was shaking when she spoke. “Don’t play dumb.” 

“Did you really want to do this in front of all of them?”

She stared at the sky and let the rain tap against her mask as she tried to breath, focusing on anything but the way his voice made her feel. “Why do you run from me?”

“I thought we decided it was for the best not to see each other again.”

“Is that what Hadley would have wanted?” When she turned to him, the grief on his face made her flinch. 

“Don’t make me answer that.”

She stopped to take in the sight of him now that his hood no longer hid his features. He hadn’t changed much from when she had last seen him. He still had his long, dark hair in twists and pulled into a ponytail. She’d never seen him with it in any other way. But his cheekbones were more prominent now, and his jawline sharper. And then there were his eyes. The brilliant, eager eyes had long since lost their fire. 

She held his gaze, neither of them breaking the silence of the rain. She had dreamed of their reunion, but there was something that felt wrong about the whole thing. Was it that Hadley wasn’t there to see it? Or perhaps she shouldn’t have left Clark in the first place.

“What are you doing here?” he asked. 

“I could ask you the same thing.” 

He shrugged. “I just…wanted to visit Hadley,” he said. “To see old friends.”

“But not me?” Faceless’ hands tightened into fists.

He wouldn’t meet her gaze. “You have to understand. Faceless, seeing you…”

Faceless waited a moment, then said, “Well? What?” He shifted his weight, hesitating. “It kills me,” he whispered. He stepped closer to her. “It’s all wrong. Hadley should be there beside you, and when I look at you and I don’t see him, it’s just…it feels so wrong.”

Is the story still what you thought it would be or has it thrown you a couple curveballs?

It has thrown me MANY curveballs. As I said in another question, this book is SO different than what it used to be. Like, unrecognizable. I fluffed it up a lot with new subplots, characters, and a whole different plotline. There’s still a lot of stuff from the first draft, but not much remains of the original story.

Is there a Bible verse, poem, hymn, picture, or quote that helped shape this story?

Yep! I got a lot of inspiration from the book of Exodus, and it’s somewhat based on the story of Moses and the Israelites. It might not seem like it from the blurb and little excerpt, but the plot as a whole gives off Exodus vibes. If it’s ever published and you read it, you’ll see what I mean!

When and where have you done most of the writing so far?

I mostly write at night, anywhere I can. Sometimes its my bed, or on the floor, or at the table. I wrote a lot of the story in my school’s library. Most of the time, though, it’s in my Mom’s recliner!

Where do you get inspiration for this story?

As I said, The Mandalorian was a big influence on this story, and so was Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn and Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows. Then, of course, the book of Exodus from the Bible.

Are you a plotter or a pantser?

I’m a bit of both. As I get older, I become more and more of a plotter, but right now I’m more of a panster, since I get anxious and I just want to get started on writing!

Do you have a little ritual before you start writing?

Nope, I just get write! Most of the time I say a little prayer before I do so.

Are you thinking of publishing this story?

Absolutely!

What things have you learned while writing this story?

That I’m more capable of writing than I thought. With my other WIPs, I’ve had crippling anxiety that made me stop working on them because I am afraid they aren’t any good. This story helped me overcome those fears a little, though I’m not exactly sure why. Whatever the case may be, it has helped me to get better at writing, and to actually see that I’m getting better at it!

Questions –

  1. Has your WIP a working title? If so, tell us! If not, have you any idea of what it might be?
  2. Have you a synopsis for your WIP? If so, give it to us! If not, can you give us a blurb on what your WIP is about?
  3. Have you a working/mock cover for your WIP? If so, show us! If not, have you an idea in mind?
  4. How did you get the idea for this story?
  5. How long do you think it will be? Is it longer or shorter than you thought it would be?
  6. Who’s your favourite character so far?
  7. What’s your favourite memory related to this WIP?
  8. Any special person(s) who helped create it?
  9. What’s your favourite scene so far (if you can tell about it without spoilers!)?
  10. Can you give us a snippet? 
  11. Is the story still what you thought it would be or has it thrown you a couple curveballs?
  12. Is there a Bible verse, poem, hymn, picture, or quote that helped shape this story?
  13. When and where have you done most of the writing so far?
  14. Where do you get inspiration for this story?
  15. Are you a plotter or a pantser?
  16. Do you have a little ritual before you start writing?
  17. Are you thinking of publishing this story?
  18. What things have you learned while writing this story?

And that’s that! I hope you enjoyed this tag, and feel free to do it yourself! If you do, let me know so I can take a look at it! Again, thank you to Christian Girl Writes!

God bless y’all and have a wonderful week!

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