The 4-Part Writing Special//Part Three



Welcome back to part three, y'all! Have you read the previous posts? If you haven't, I'll leave a link. In case you haven't clicked the link, I'll just summarize for you. This is a writing special created by Julian. There are four parts and we're already on part three. If you're interested in trying it out, Julian is still accepting sign-ups for the next round in February.

The 4-Part Writing Special// Part One
The 4-Part Writing Special// Part Two

Participants:


Today's topic: Story World


1. Name a unique aspect of your story world.

I'm not sure if there's anything unique about it. I mean, its pretty much modern day Texas for the most part, but it does jump over to Washington D.C for a little bit. I guess that would be somewhat unique. Some of the story takes place in a headquarters, but I can't say where its located. HINT: It's not what you think. But feel free to leave your guesses in the comments below.

2. Talk about one of the important animals in the story (someone's pet or horse; or a fierce animal the MC must defeat).

Well, technically this doesn't happen until book two, but I can't go without mentioning the lovable fluff that is Peter's dog, Gunner. He's an Australian Shepherd and he looks like this: 


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This pic belongs to someone else and not me.
All rights to the owner. 


3. A paragraph describing something in your storyworld (building, landmark, etc.).

I'll describe the town, Bent Ridge.
Bent Ridge came from a figment of my imagination. I've always wanted to live in a small town. I want to live where you can walk to everything and its just small and you might know everyone. So, I decided to build that place. Bent Ridge is fictional and was supposed to be modeled after Wimberly, but I decided I needed a town of my own invention. There's an area called Main Street Market. That's where all the stores in town are and its one giant square of land. There's a park nearby and the neighborhood is near as well.

(I'm terrible at description, obviously.)

4. Something dangerous in your storyworld.

The crazy president/dictator. He's just evil. Power got to his head and now he wants more.
I want to say something before we get any further. I see books with dictator leaders and people compare them to presidents, mostly Trump. I hope my book will be published one day. If you're reading this, I want you to know something. Stop making assumptions like that. You don't know what the author intended and most likely, this is a character that came to their head that they developed with sheer imagination. If I have any character based on someone, I wouldn't say who it is. While these characters may be inspired by something, they aren't one person from real life. So stop making assumptions because they're false and they tend to tick off writers and authors.
*rant over*

5. Something delightful in your storyworld.

The action and adventure. The characters sticking up for what they believe in.

6. A movie soundtrack that would complement the setting.

There is none. I made my own soundtrack for the book should it ever be a movie.

7. How does the geography impact the story?

It doesn't. There isn't much that affects it. There are some details I might have to change because of certain things in Texas, where my story is based. I did a basement thing and in Texas, you really can't have basements unless you want to fork over some money because the ground shifts way too much. So there are details I have to change and fix. Or maybe it will be enough suspension of disbelief that it won't matter.

8. Is there a particular location or time period your story you had in mind when creating your storyworld?

The present time. Most dystopians take place way into the future, but I wanted mine to take place in the present. I wanted it to be as the events of world shattering dictatorship were happening. I didn't want to go sci-fi with it. I just wanted to put a contemporary spin on my book.

9. What is the climate like, and does it play a role in the story?

Well, in Texas, its hot pretty much all year. Then you get to late October, early November, sometimes late November, and it finally gets cold. Now, because Bent Ridge is (fictionally) located somewhat centered in Texas, the weather definitely is hot most times, but begins cooling off around October.

10. Are there any traditions, and do they have an effect upon the plot?

As children, Reagan and Peter would climb this one tree. I don't really know why I wanted a symbolism of a tree in the book, but I have a love for trees in general, so that kind of became a symbol. They go to this tree often and obviously they can't do that when they're trying to save the world. This tree has sentimental meaning to them.

*The others' posts:
Carol
Jem 
Evangeline


*links available when other posts go up

So that's it for round three. I can't believe we're almost done!
What do y'all think? Is there any thing in your life
that you love and have made a symbol in your
writing? Let's talk in the comments!

As always, God bless y'all.
With love,


When You Fall Behind On Tags Part Two// Of Cookies and Books Tag!



   This tag has a backstory. The lovely Julian asked if I'd like her to add me to her list of tags. Here is a paraphrased version of what happened.
   Me: I haven't really seen this tag before and I don't understand it. Thank you, but no thank you. Your offer was really sweet, though. (Get it? Sweet.)
   Julian: No problem.
   Days go by. 
   All of my peeps: Cookies and books tag. Cookies and book tag. COOKIES AND BOOKS TAG!!!!
   Me: Wow. Okay, now I sort of get it. Oh well.
   Me: Oh, Faith aka Florid Sword put up a tag. Cookies and book tag. Cool.
   Me at end of tag, staring at my name: Uh ... what?
   
   That brings me here. Now that I have an understanding, I'm happy to do this tag. Thank you, Faith, for tagging me. (And for being patient since its been who knows how long.) Here we go ...

­čŹ¬Chocolate Chip// A book that never gets old
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I had to read this for school, I think for tenth or eleventh grade. It's really amazing and makes you think of life and death in ways you never thought about it before.

­čŹ¬Dutch Snowballs // A book that gave you and unexpected surprise

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This was slow at the beginning, but began to pick up the pace. It was awesome and I can't wait to read the other two books. I really liked this. Plus, no profanity and it was clean. What can beat that?

­čŹ¬Molasses // A book with a character that gets into a sticky situation


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Throwback to my childhood. Let's be honest, though. Junie B Jones was always in a sticky situation.

­čŹ¬Oreo// A book dealing with light and darkness

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Is it legal for me to feature a trilogy? I don't know, but I am. This whole trilogy dealt with light and darkness and I recommend it, though the second and third book feel like they might push the idea of God and faith a little too much. I mean, I love when books feature God or are about faith, but I don't like overly preachy books.

­čŹ¬Sugar// A book dealing with a sugary sweet villain

I don't think I've found a book with a sugary sweet villain.
Recommend me one in the comments please!

­čŹ¬Monster// A book that confused your emotions


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This made me feel all kinds of emotions. I'm still not sure how I'm supposed to feel. You just have to read it for yourself.

­čŹ¬Snickerdoodle// A book that made you laugh


I don't really laugh out loud at books. The last time I did
laugh at a book was during the Angel Eyes trilogy.


­čŹ¬Peanut Butter // A book with a Nutty character


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The MC's best friend, Kaylee, is the nuttiest person. She's hilarious and I know I'm using books over and over, but sometimes books can go for more than one category. Its allowed.
I tag: 
Anna @ A World Through Her Heart
Gray Marie @ Writing is Life
Lisa @ Inkwell

And the first two people to comment who are not listed and who haven't done this tag are tagged. Or if you want to do the tag again, that's cool. 

Have you read any of these? Are you going to?
Let's talk because I love to talk
with y'all

As always, God bless y'all.
With love, 



The 4-Part Writing Special// Part Two



What's up, Peeps? I'm back with the second installment of the 4-Part Writing Special. This part is probably going to be my favorite because I love reading and writing about characters. So, without any further rambling, here's the list of bloggers and a link to the first post.





1. Who is the main character? (Bonus points for description or picture.)

My MCs (Main characters) are Reagan and Peter. I think Reagan has a slightly more prominent role, so we're going to focus on her for this question. She has light brown hair and blue eyes. She's fair-ish complected and I'll insert the closest picture I could find that looked somewhat like what I pictured.


2. What is the goal of the protagonist? The antagonist? (No Spoilers!)

Reagan's goal is to defend the freedom of the country as everything goes bad.
The antagonist, who I cannot name, wants control and power. He also wants revenge on someone, who I also can't name.

3. Is there a possession or memory the MC keeps close?

I think Reagan keeps memories of times when things were simpler. She enjoys the simple life. I think she probably thinks about her childhood a lot. Just little memories like that. I don't think she's very materialistic, so there really isn't an item she keeps close at hand.

4. What is the MC's greatest fear?

That freedom will be taken away. She doesn't want her life to change, but she also doesn't want the world to be ruled by an evil dictator.

5. Who is your favorite character?

I love all my characters for different reasons. All my characters have important traits that make them special to the story.

6. List some of the more prominent characters in your story, and then provide a line that describes them (from your WIP).

It would be waaayyy too hard to find the right line for each of these characters, so I'm just going to describe them in one word instead.

Reagan- Determined
Peter- Laid Back
Jackson- Snarky
Nicole- Preppy
Sawyer- Brother-like

7. Who is the funniest character? Smartest character? Creepiest character? Most reckless character? Quirkiest character?

The funniest character would probably be Jackson because he's super snarky. Spencer is the smartest. As for creepiest, it would be the antagonist I cannot name. I don't have a reckless character per say, but Peter becomes a bit reckless near a certain part in the book. And quirkiest character goes to Marty. I wrote him in later as a sort of comic relief for intense moments. I figured the best way to have a really intense moment was to also add the annoying guy who does dumb things. 

8. How do you come up with names?

Baby naming websites and name origin websites. (If y'all ever need a website, let me know. I have A LOT bookmarked.)

9. What is the Meyer's Briggs type for your MC? (Bonus points for side characters.)

I only did the test for a few select characters.

Reagan: ISFJ
Peter: ESTP
Nicole: ESFP
Sawyer: ENFJ
Hannah: ESFJ
Spencer: ISTJ 

10. Are your characters influenced by someone in your life?

Yes and no. My characters aren't based on anyone I know. They are just figments of my imagination. However, there may be traits I took from people I've spoken to or know. Just little bits and pieces. 

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Carol

If y'all liked this and would like to be a part of something similar to this, contact Julian for the
February portion. 


That's it for this round. Don't forget to check out the others' posts. 
So what did you think? Does this make you 
want to know more about my novel?
Comment down below!
As always, God bless y'all.
With love,


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