Beautiful Books #3: Almost at the Finish Line

by - 8:37 PM

Êl síla erin lû e-govaned vîn! NebrasKon was an excellent getaway (though there was that drama of the Tostitos Salsa jar), but I'm glad to be back. For a quick writing catch-up post, I'll be participating in Cait and Sky's NaNo link-up! I'm not doing NaNo this year (which is what I say every year - someday I'll be able to participate, I promise!), but I still can't refrain from talking about my works in progress. This time, it's Karissa Goldlock's Guide to (Almost) Utterly Everything. I recently reached the one-year anniversary of its conception and found another editor, so the drive to finish has doubled!

1. Overall, what is your mental state, and how is your novel going?
Surprisingly good? Though this process has been time-consuming, it hasn't been too difficult. It's going slowly and steadily. I'm not ripping my hair out like I've done with SOME CERTAIN NOVELS. *cough cough, Heaven Bleeds Fire, cough cough*

2. What's your first sentence (or paragraph)?

Karissa does not mince words.

3. Who's your favorite character?

This girl right here.

She's the entire reason I wrote this story, in fact. Karissa's my primary D&D character, a rogue gnome, and I loved her so much I knew she needed a story of her own. She's clever, mischievous, even gayer than I am, and...well....

4. What do you love about your novel so far?
Since Karissa was the only "prerequisite," if you will, for this story, I was able to throw in lots of characters and plot elements I hadn't been able to fit in anywhere else. Flynth, my blind elf. Ari, my nerdy prince. Tieflings (half-demons). Dwarves. Steampunk. Pirates. It's been a lot of fun.

5. Have you made any hilarious typos or other mistakes?

Not really. I did once misspell ghost as geost, though.

6. What is your favorite to write: beginning, middle, or end - and why?

The end! It's so satisfying to be able to wrap everything up and say "I'm finished."

7. What are your writing habits?
I try to do at least 300 words a day. Beyond that, it's pretty up in the air.

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

9. What keeps you writing even when it's hard?

My dear betas who have been waiting far too long for this to be done.

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

Funny you ask. I wrote a post on this not too long ago. Click here!


Let's chat! Are you doing NaNo? How is your novel coming, and what is it about? Even if you're not participating this year, tell me about your primary WIP! Comment below, and have a lovely day.


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