Writing Song of the Day: “Fake It” by Seether
Okay, so we blatantly stole this idea from the lovely Caroline Tung Richmond (who, by the way, you should SO follow–her blog is incredible!), who has admitted that she stole this idea from super author Kiersten White. Basically, they both gave details on their current works-in-progress. I’ll tackle mine this week–but stay tuned for Quita’s breakdown next Monday. And now…let’s do this!
Title: Some of you may remember me mentioning Project J on the blog. Well, I had to quickly give it a title for an SCBWI novel retreat, and I settled on Faking It. Don’t worry, it’s only temporary.
Genre: Hopefully humorous, contemporary YA
Pages: 283. This is double-spaced with 12-point Times New Roman font.
Chapters: 28–maybe I’ll lose one or two of them during the revision process (which I’m devoting the whole month of July for).
Word Count: A little over 70K. Yeah, I definitely have to ditch a few chapters.
Draft Time: Well, I technically started Project J last summer, but then I hit a roadblock so I went back to my Wants revisions. I had to ask Quita when I started writing it again, and she said she thinks either February or March. I’ll take her word on that. I just know that I FINALLY finished my first draft near the end of April.
Origin: I was inspired by the 80s classic, Can’t Buy Me Love. I knew that I wanted to write something a bit lighter since Wants was so dark (though it does have its light moments, too). I also still wanted to tackle “heavy” issues and underrepresented populations. I haven’t read many stories with gay/lesbian parents, so I found a way to combine the ideas together.
- My protagonist’s name is Jonah. I recently went through another revision of Wants and noticed I had a minor character named Jonah. Wants Jonah is a douche–which is the complete opposite of my new protag.
- Jonah’s mom’s name is Beverly–which I also realized is the name of one of my character’s moms in Wants. I really need to visit one of those baby names websites more often, huh?
- I’ve written three YA manuscripts so far, and basketball is featured in every one of them. I have no clue why since…well, I have NO CLUE about basketball. Which sucks because Jonah was trying out for the basketball team. Let’s just say I utilized Google and my dad a lot.
- My story is set in a small city in Virginia, which is pretty much where all of my stories are set. Can you guess where I’m from?
- Jonah doesn’t use a lot of profanity, which makes this one of the “cleanest” stories I’ve ever written. Hmm, I wonder if that’s why it took me forever to complete the first draft…
- When Jonah was younger, he was in a school production of A Christmas Carol. His only line was: “Merry Christmas, Mr. Scrooge.” I so stole that memory from my dad.
There you have it–this is what I’ll be working on over the summer. I’m hoping to send it out to betas soon so that I can really dig into the heart of this story. What about you all? How’s your writing going? We’d love to read about your WIPs. 🙂