1. On a scale of 1 (worst) to 10 (best) how well do you think this book turned out? Umm…hehe. Well, this was my first novel ever, and I started it two years ago, so I can already see that the second half is way better than the first half. I’d say that overall it turned out be a 4. That’s what editing’s for, though, right?
2. Have you ever rewritten or editing one of your books before? If so, what do you do to prepare yourself? If not, what’s your plan? Nope, I’ve never edited or rewritten any of my books, and I’ve only written one and a half books so far. It’s been so overwhelming just thinking about editing my first book. However, with the help of a few of my writerly friends, I hope to finish the second draft of my book this January. My plan is to do a read through just to get an overall sense of my story, and then solidify the outline. Then, I want to do an intensive first draft where I restructure all of the scenes. Finally, I’ll do a third draft of line editing and tweaking.
3. What’s your final wordcount? Do you plan to lengthen or trim your book? My final wordcount is about 51k. I’m actually not sure whether I want to lengthen or my trim my book, so I guess it all depends on what’s needed when I read it over.
4. What are you most proud of? Plot, characters, or pacing? I think I’m most proud of the plot. I like the way it twists and turns, and it’s one of the most complex plots I’ve created because it was the first one I used that could sustain the length of a book.
5. What’s your favourite bit of prose or line from this novel? I really don’t have a favorite bit of prose or line right now because I haven’t looked at this draft in a while. I might share some snippets with you during the editing process when I can refine my lines a little bit.
6. What aspect of your book needs the most work? The characters. I think over the course of the year that I was writing my book the characters changed a lot and they need to have more solid personalities, as well as fresher dialogue.
7. What aspect of your book is your favourite? Didn’t I answer this already? 🙂 The structure of my plot.
8. How are your characters? Well-rounded, or do they still need to be fleshed-out? I think a lot of my characters needed to be fleshed out much more. My main character is pretty fleshed out already, but like I said before, through writing the story, her personality has changed a lot, so I have to fix those inconsistencies. In writing this book, I tried to fit way too many personality traits in my characters when I should have picked wisely and focused on just a few traits. I also need a lot of work with fleshing out my minor characters.
AND I REALLY NEED TO CHANGE SOME OF THEIR NAMES. Seriously, my main character’s name is Twig! That might have been a cute, nice name a few years ago, but now I can see that there is no real reason behind the weird name. Also, I really can’t have my Loki warriors be Loki warriors anymore. At the time that I came up with the name, I didn’t know who the Marvel Loki was. I had just looked up names that meant evil.
9. If you had to do it over again, what would you change about the whole process? I would focus a lot more on my characters. The characters are the most important part of a story because their actions are what drive the plot. If in writing my future novels I focus more on completely developing my characters before writing, I know figuring out the plot and the drafting process itself will be much easier.
10. Did anything happen in your book that completely surprised you? Have any scenes or characters turned out differently to what you planned? Good or bad? Oh, there were so many twists in the plot that completely surprised me. As I was writing, I barely stuck to my outline and I chased all the rabbit trails. That’s a good thing because I hope the twists will also be surprising for the reader.
11. What was the theme and message? Do you think it came across? If not, is there anything you could do to bring it out more? Theme…message…Ehehehe…I’m not exactly sure yet, and I don’t think it completely came across in my first draft. It’s probably something around the lines of my how important loyalty and persistence are.
12. Do you like writing with a deadline (like NaNoWriMo) or do you prefer to write-as-it-comes? I love writing with deadlines like NaNoWriMo and mini deadlines like word wars because they are so motivating and help me to actually get some writing done instead of just reading or thinking about writing.
13. Comparative title time! What published books, movies, or TV shows are like your book? (Ex: Inkheart meets X-Men, etc.) Let’s see. How about Star Wars meets Nancy Drew-ish. I haven’t really thought much about this yet because I know how much my story will change during editing.
14. How do you celebrate a finished novel?! I celebrate by writing “The End” in huge, bold letters, just being proud of myself, and eating chocolate. I’ll be honest about the last one in that I eat a ton of chocolate even when I haven’t just finished a novel. After all that celebrating is done, I get cracking on my next book or short story or poem or article.
15. When people are done reading your book, what feeling do you want them to come away with? I want the ending to resonate with my readers. I also would like them to reread the book over and over again because when I was little I just reread my favorite books over and over, and this book is aimed towards kids.