Sorcery, Smoke, and Bones - Beautiful Books #2

by - 10:11 AM

Hey, young bloods! I'm joining forces with Cait and Sky to bring you Beautiful Books, a linkup dedicated to discussing your WIPs. This month's BB is about a novel you're writing, so today I'll be continuing the saga of my steampunk vs. fairyland novella, Song of Magic and Machines.

(Note: this is technically a NaNo linkup, but I'm not participating so we're going to cheat and use SoMaM despite the fact I'm not writing it for NaNo.)

1. Overall, how is your mental state, and how is your novel going?
Both are going pretty well! I usually write 400+ words a day, so, since this is only a novella, it's coming along at a pretty good pace - which is very good for my mental state.

2. What's your first sentence (or paragraph)?
Karissa's day was, in fact, going rather horribly.
(Honestly, I feel it sums up the entire book fairly well.)

3. Who's your current favorite character in your novel?
JUST ONE? Ahhhhh. This is hard, but I think I'm going to have to go with Karissa, my snarky fae thief.

4. What do you love about your novel so far?
I absolutely love the cultural contrast between the fae and steampunk countries - it's so interesting to write, especially as both cultures know next to nothing about the other!

5. Have you made any hilarious typos or other mistakes?
Not that I can think of off the top of my head, no.

6. What is your favorite to write: beginning, middle, or end - and why?
The end, for sure! It's so nice to have closure (or official lack of closure) for my smol character children.

7. What are your writing habits?
I usually write late at night or in the afternoon, and I frequently listen to the following playlist:

8. How private are you about your novel when you're writing?

It honestly depends on the person to whom I'm speaking and what mood I'm in. I don't tell my family much of anything, if anything to begin with, but I love yammering away to my writerly friends.

9. What keeps you writing even when it's hard?
For me, it's the fact that I have a mini calendar in my journal where I keep track of the days on which I write 400+ words. Shading in a day after I've written my 400+ is a huge motivator, as I don't want to be disappointed in myself if I look back at the last week or month and don't see many colored squares.

10. What are your top 3 pieces of writing advice?

  1. Write. 400. Words. A. Day. The magical thing about 400 words is that it tends to take you to around the middle of a scene - so then you keep writing, because you're just getting to the exciting part!
  2. Plot your things. Pantsing is convenient and fun, and pantsing a little is okay - but a lot of the reason SoMaM is coming along so smoothly is because I took one hour to lay out the story and figure out a vague idea of what happens in each chapter.
  3. If you're struggling with a character, write a list of 20 facts the reader will never know about them. This will slowly seep into your writing, giving your character the vibe of having a life behind the pages.


Let's chat! Are you doing NaNo? If so, how are you doing? If not, how are your writing projects coming? Do you like sharing your writing? And what keeps you writing? Comment below, and have a lovely day. <3


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  1. GAHH I want to read this so bad. I've been really getting into steampunk recently, and faeries...they're awesome. 'Nuff said.

    I've been quite absent on my blog recently, due to my project really taking off and Halloween (I went as a Shadowhunter, lol), so I think this'll be my grand return to the blogosphere :)

      Yayyy for your project! I went as Éowyn. YES THE EPIC SUNSET HAS RETURNED.

      - Ellie

  2. Novellas really are under appreciated, I think. Spotify has been so amazing for so many writers. I truly love it. Accountability is really important though, whether it be writer friends or a little journal, I think it is definitely important. Kudos to you!

    Elisabeth @ Inkspelled Faery

    1. Thank you! I've just recently started using Spotify for my writing, and it really helps me get in the mood to write.

      - Ellie


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