That is, not at all, to say that I’m a completely informed writer.
When Cait started writing (at 14), she was just…writing a book. She had no expectations. She just…wrote.
Me? I follow writing blogs. I read writing tips. I know (in theory) all the stuff that’s supposed to give you a good book. So I try to write. I get over half way through. I’m so proud of myself. And then…and then…
I’m bored with my book.
I figure, if I’m bored, what chance does the reader have?
My draft is junk. I know. First drafts are always junk. That’s half the problem. It can be really encouraging–it does not matter. It can also be really really disheartening. It will be junk. No matter what I do, it’s not going to be worth a clod of dirt. It’s kind of depressing, really.
I’m not having a lot of fun with writing, so I decided to take a break from my world, and start a new one. Not so complicated. (Or…that’s the general idea. Only, for the life of me, I can’t stick with a simple idea.)
YA contemporary. Simple, right? Well, only if you make it a soppy romance, and that’s something I don’t want. So it took a lot of mental jiggery-pokery to get a story line that I was satisfied with and that I knew still fit into contemporary without being junior fiction like Diary of a Wimpy Kid and other books I haven’t read. (It’s not that I have a problem with contemporary junior fiction–I’m just not educated with it. At all. I haven’t read a lot about it, and my character’s a bit old to fit the bill, anyway.)
So meet the Faber kids:
|Gail Chord Charlize Opal Cairo|
The book’s about Charlize (the one in the center). She’s a writer. And she lives in three worlds. Her family (who are as dysfunctional as is normal), her school (which is schoolish. Dysfunctional, too, I suppose.) And her own world–the one she’s writing. The one she doesn’t realize is a parallel of everything that goes on in her life.
|The outfit’s wrong, but anyway.|
She’s a figment of Charlize’s imagination. And she’s exactly the same as her, only in a medieval fantasy world–the one Charlize creates. Her world is ruled by the evil King Lucra. Everyone adores him, and people live in what they think is happiness. Until Aelyn’s family falls out of the kings favour. And she has to find a way to get it back.
I’m a bit excited about this book, and doubtless there will be an influx in BP’s on her, the Faber family, Charlize’s writing characters, and her school friends (or not-so-friends.)