#WIPjoy Day 18

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Welcome to #WIPjoy! This is week 3 and I’m posting a few of my favourite things about the WIP.

Day 18: Share an example of your best prose!

I don’t know if this would be one of my “best” segments. This question would be answered better if I were in the revising stage! (I have a rule of not reading through my work until it’s done, so I don’t over-edit while drafting.) However, I still really love this part, both in terms of the story and the words.


The town aged as they continued down the road. The cobbles beneath the twins’ feet became broken and uneven. All around them, the heavy, quiet air launched them into a settlement entirely different from the expanding, constant-construction mess on the trade route. Clay and old planks boarded up a handful of the openings they passed. A wooden door creaked on a hidden breeze. Dwyn felt the sensation of spirits, of people who hide like hermits in their safe spaces. She didn’t believe in ghosts, not like her brother, but something about this neighbourhood could convince her to start believing. The two of them slowed their pace together, without prompt from the other and without need for caution. Another door creaked, closer than the first one, and Dwyn jerked to look over her shoulder. A hunched old woman, her deep brown face hooded with a white linen, stepped down from a doorway and onto the stones. She clunked a cane in front of her and hobbled away from the twins without acknowledging that they were there.

#WIPjoy Day 17

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Welcome to #WIPjoy! This is week 3 and I’m posting a few of my favourite things about the WIP.

Day 17: I love how I depict characters because…

I chop up characters and personalities I know (such as mine or my friends) into a few bits and then develop those segments into fully fledged, fictional people. Starting from something real helps me stay away from stock and flat characters.

#WIPjoy Day 16

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Welcome to #WIPjoy! This is week 3 and I’m posting a few of my favourite things about the WIP.

Day 16: I love how I describe things when…

My characters are approaching or entering a new setting! Since the story takes place in a desert on the shore of a sea, I’ve had to get very creative with describing sand, sun, and a beach. I think I’m succeeding so far!

#WIPjoy Day 15

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Welcome to #WIPjoy! This is week 3 and I’m posting a few of my favourite things about the WIP.

Day 15: At its best, my WIP’s dialogue is…

Filled with passion and emotion without being melodramatic, and distinct with character voices.

#WIPjoy Day 14

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Welcome to #WIPjoy! This is week 2, where I discuss relationships in the book.

Day 14: Which characters get along the worst?

Imani and Zephyr have a prickly relationship at best! He’s too suspicious to trust her, and she’s too stubborn to let him push her around. Zephyr and Dwyn get along great, but their arguments and fall-outs are by far the worst—that’s what it’s like having a sibling.

#WIPjoy Day 13

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Welcome to #WIPjoy! This is week 2, where I discuss relationships in the book.

Day 13: What’s a message about relationships in your book?

They’re complicated and everyone experiences them differently. Another character had her entire family (except her much younger sister) perish, and she’s devastated. Two of the characters had their mother leave them when they were very young—and they’re not bitter. And the last main character has a mother whose priorities lie away from them, and he’s bitter as hell.

I write a lot on family relationships as well as new relationships. Because all of the characters don’t know each other (aside from the twins), I strived to show differences in how people begin friendships and relationships. Even the same person reacts to people differently, such as Imani reacting to Dwyn and Zephyr, the twins.

#WIPjoy Day 12

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Welcome to #WIPjoy! This is week 2, where I discuss relationships in the book.

Day 12: What was your antagonist’s past like?

Harlow lived with her family in a fairly remote town, west of the capital, before enrolling in the Academy. They put a lot of pressure on her to succeed and earn a place of pride within her family of business owners, tradesmen, and minor political officials. She’s only 16 (like her classmate Zephyr and his sister), and since she had a fairly easy life—not a lot of trauma or drama—she has a lot of growing up to do.

#WIPjoy Day 11

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Welcome to #WIPjoy! This is week 2, where I discuss relationships in the book.

Day 11: Share a line about love or hatred.

Here are a few lines that include love and hatred in an excerpt from a scene featuring Imani and her sister Ayesha before she goes missing.

Ayesha wrapped her arms tenderly around Imani’s neck. She buried her face into the soft, tight curls. She closed her eyes, not to block out the light—Imani’s hair was thick enough in her face to be lost in it—but to stop the tears. “Why do they hate me?” Ayesha’s words faded away as her throat tightened and she started to cry.

#WIPjoy Day 10

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Welcome to #WIPjoy! This is week 2, where I discuss relationships in the book.

Day 10: Anyone suffering from a broken heart?

Dwyn had a major crush on her employer before she was let go, so she’s hurt by 1) having to leave her and 2) having unrequited feelings for her. She’s dealing fairly well, though. Imani has a broken heart in a different way: her younger sister went missing in the middle of the night and nobody in their town wanted to help find her. She’s her last living family member.

#WIPjoy Day 9

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Welcome to #WIPjoy! This is week 2, where I discuss relationships in the book.

Day 9: How did the main characters meet?

Zephyr and Dwyn are twins, so their meeting was filled with blood and crying (and skilled midwives). They meet Imani as they escape from Harlow, one of Zephyr’s classmates, and Imani searches for her lost sister. The trio meet Gabriel when they’re once again fleeing from Harlow. Their meetings are rocky, to say the least, with one great, big pun on the meeting with Gabriel.