All Hallows Write

The Rules: #1 – Provide a BRIEF description of your novel before starting. #2 – Don’t use the same character for more than 3 answers. Okay, so here is my brief description of my novel: Sixteen-year-old Nerissa Dey must do her father’s ghost’s bidding by bringing his murderers to justice. More of a log line,…

WIPjoy #12

12. Song/s on your MC’s playlist. She would never admit to this, but she likes some of the music her dad listens—or listened—to. Like Fleetwood Mac and Elton John and The Police and (very, deeply secretly) Jim Croce. And the usuals from that period, too, like Pink Floyd and Queen. Maybe a bit of Moody…

WIPjoy #11

11. A line about your protagonist. Like, an actual line from the book? Or just something I make up right here and now? Here’s a paragraph from the first page of the manuscript: Who am I? You shouldn’t even have to ask; I’ve been in the tabloids since the moment I was born. My dad…

WIPjoy #10

10. Describe your MC with a phrase for each of the 5 senses. Nerissa’s skin is smooth, but her attitude is rough around the edges. Marc Jacobs’ Daisy wafts from the swing of her hair. Her tongue—her very voice—is the cracking of a whip. “I wish I could tan,” she says, “but I’m so pale,…

WIPjoy #9

9. How would your MC use Twitter? Actually, I think she avoids Twitter, and I’ll tell you why. Her dad is famous. If Nerissa tries to go on Twitter, all she gets are requests for pics of her dad, questions about her dad, etc. Even if she makes up a name and identity, she gets…

WIPjoy #8

8. Introduce the MC (share a pic)! The main character is Hamlette Nerissa Dey. She goes by her middle name for obvious reasons. She’s sixteen, daughter of A-list actor Bryce Dey. Nerissa (Nissa for short) grew up with a certain amount of privilege, but throughout the novel she begins to see ways in which she’s…

WIPjoy #7

7. A writing tip that has helped you. There must be so many . . . I remember my thesis advisors telling me to watch for the word “just” because I used it too much. That was helpful. I know that it’s important to get a draft out and not pause to self-edit because then…

WIPjoy #6

6. #FF: awesome #WIPjoy-ers to follow! Well, it makes more sense for me to do this on Twitter, but first off, please follow me @sh8kspeare and Like my Facebook page. Then go to my Twitter and see my #FF post!