I was tagged in the Writer’s Ink Challenge by Ipuna Black. Thank you, Ipuna! You’ve given me a legitimate reason to talk about my novel-in-progress “Postcard from Paris.”
Writer’s Ink Challenge Rules:
Thank your nominator.
Again, thank you, Ipuna.
Answer at least 8 questions about writing.
Sure, no problem.
Nominate at least 5 people.
Well, here’s where I’m going to rebel against the rules. Typically, I’m not much of a rebel. Today, however, I’m going to bend these rules a little. Instead of nominating 5 more bloggers to take part in this challenge, I’m going to encourage anyone reading this post to give it a shot. Go on, I know you want to. Yes, you. You know who you are.
Okay then, without further ado, it’s time for the Q & A.
Q1 – What do I like most about writing?
I like that I’m the boss. When I sit down to work on my novel, I’m in charge of what happens on the page. I can control what comes next and how things turn out. The same can’t be said for my real life.
Q2 – What do I like least about writing?
I can honestly say that there isn’t anything I don’t like about writing. Now that I’ve conquered my fear of the blank page, writing is my favorite escape from reality.
Q3 – Have I written a novel before?
No. I thought about writing a novel for years but it took me a long time to pick up a pen and actually start doing it. Now that I’ve started, all the reasons that kept me from writing before seem silly.
Q4 – When did I start writing Postcard from Paris?
I started working on the story in January this year.
Q5 – What gave me the inspiration for Postcard from Paris?
In the movie Sabrina, the female lead says, “Paris is always a good idea.” I wholeheartedly agree with that statement. I love Paris. I miss Paris. Since I can’t pack up and move to Paris tomorrow, although I would if I could, I’m writing a story about a woman who finds a postcard from a mysterious aunt and travels to Paris to find her.
Q6 – What genre is Postcard from Paris?
It’s not quite as lighthearted as most Chick Lit but not as heavy as some Women’s Fiction can be. I would say it’s something in between the two genres. There is some romance in the story but it isn’t all about getting the guy. It’s a story about life, change, family ties, and how we react when what we thought we knew for sure turns out to be a lie.
Q7 – How is Postcard from Paris written (first person, third person)?
It’s written in the first person. I enjoy reading novels written in the first person as well. “Can You Keep A Secret” by Sophie Kinsella was the first Chick Lit novel I ever read and it’s written in the first person. It also happens to be the novel that made me think about writing a story of my own.
Q8 – Did I outline and plot Postcard from Paris rigorously before I started writing or am I flying by the seat of my pants?
I had the outline in my head for years. The funny thing is that when I finally began writing, not just thinking about it, I found myself deviating from the plot I had in mind. I still know how Poppy Parker’s journey will end. But she’s going to take a couple of unexpected detours along the way.
Extra Question – What is my deadline for Postcard from Paris?
At this stage, I’ve written about two-thirds of the story. I’m hoping that I’ll type “The End” by the first of July this year.
That’s all from me for now. Have a fantastic Monday!