First off, thank you to the one and only phantomwriter143. If you aren’t following her or reading her blog posts, there’s something wrong with you.
Secondly, bear with me as my new work in progress is so new that I only have two lines written so far. Therefore, this post is somewhat like my character sketch/novel brainstorm all in one.
Here goes nothing.
What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?
I have a hard time with choosing character names, especially when said person is the main character. More so when the MC is female. Don’t ask me why. I don’t even have a name for my main character yet. I do, however, know her initials. It’s either CJP or JCP. That’s all I’m going to say. I’m afraid if I divulge the reason why I chose those letters, I will be laughed at. Especially because I’m sure some bloggers will.
She is completely fictional.
When and where is the story set?
2014. Somewhere in Canada. It’s a contemporary story. I don’t use that word enough, even though it is indeed one of my favourites in the English language. Contemporary. Contemporary. Contemporary.
What should we know about him/her?
She’s broken, imperfect, flawed (like all characters should be). It’s a result of her tragic past, but she keeps fighting and there’s a strength within her that keeps her going, pushes her forward. Also, she grows up in a dysfunctional family. I’m thinking mine but 100 times worse and 1000 times exaggerated.
What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?
I’ll be awfully vague like I always am when I talk about the main story-line. She loses two people who are close to her. That’s part of the conflict. The deaths messes up her life and then some.
What is the personal goal of the character?
Ultimately, to be happy. To do that she has to learn to move on and let go. She has to accept the hand she’s dealt in life and make the most out of it. She needs to come to terms with the injustices in the world and learn that people don’t always apologize for the pain they have caused or the mistakes they have made. Um…that sounds a lot like my goal in life. Whoops.
Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?
The Call. Whenever I have a title, I stick with it about 75 percent of the time. Why? Because after using it/seeing it/saying it over a time of many months or possibly years, it sticks. It works. Hence under normal circumstances, I have no intention to change it and possibly make the title worse than it already is.
The answer to the second part of the question: no. If and when I’m ready to share more information, you will be the first to know.
When can we expect the book to be published?
Now for my nominations.
I’m going to be a bit of a rebel and not mention to any of my nominees that I nominated them. So I hope all of you read/see this because if you don’t, then you may never know I nominated you mainly for your awesomeness, mostly for your wonderfulness, and partly so I can read your answers.