WIPPet Wednesday: My novel is FINISHED!!

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Happy Hump Day everyone!

YES! You heard me right! I’m finally done my novel!

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And it’s a weird feeling to be done, you know? My novel has been such a big part of my life for the past few months. I was either writing about my characters or thinking about about them every single day. And it’s kind of weird to… not be thinking about them. It’s like having friends who have moved to far away places.

The reassuring factor is that I’m not done done with this novel. Right now, I am working on cutting down on the length: The final word count is 147617, which is astronomical for the contemporary romance novel that it is… and I want to be kind to my beta-readers. But guys, is it me, or is it super hard to take out scenes??

Also, this is the 4th draft that I have finished, but I know for a certainty that there will be a 5th, and maybe a 7th… and maybe a 96th. So I am in it for the long haul :’)

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In today’s snippet, Olivia and Matt are having a studying session at Matt’s place. It is close to dinner time and Olivia is getting hungry:

“Oh, is that what it’s about, Matt?” Olivia says.

“No.”

“It is so what it’s about. You’re offended because I didn’t eat your sandwich.”

He has to admit, that touched a nerve.

“Maybe.” He says.

“Sorry.”

“You have to say, ‘I sincerely promise’…” He begins, then pauses, waiting for her to repeat.

“I sincerely promise.”

“That I will eat all the sandwiches…”

“That I will eat all the sandwiches.”

“That Matt will ever make…”

“That Matt will ever make.”

“And never be on a diet again.” He finishes.

“And never be on a diet again?” She says.

“Yes.” He says, nodding at her.

She hesitates for a moment, as if having a debate in her head.

“Okay,” She says. “And never be on a diet again.”

WIPpet Math: 126 words, first digit 1, second digit 8 (by adding 2 + 6) to make the 18th of October

WIPpet Wednesdays is a blog hop where writers can share a snippet from their WIP. The only stipulation is that the excerpt is somehow related to the date. Be sure to check out some of the other lovely WIPpet snippets here. Thank you Emily Wrayburn for hosting.

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How do you feel when you finish a novel or a long-term project? Do you also find it hard to cut out scenes from your novel? How many drafts do you usually write before a story is finally done? Doesn’t it suck to be on a diet?

 

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WIPpet Wednesday: How fast can planes fly?

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Happy Wednesday!

A question for all you writers out there: Do you ever get nervous about showing other people your writing?

The reason why I ask is that, now that I am about 99.9% done my novel, my friends and family (aka. my beta-readers) are asking to read it. And that terrifies me.

I mean, on one hand, I want to share with others what I’ve been working on for the past year. I am proud of my novel and I believe that people will enjoy reading it.

On the other hand, my novel is not perfect. Although this is the 4th draft, I know for a fact that there are inconsistencies and spelling/grammar errors abound! Some scenes are unnecessary! Some scenes I don’t even like! There are so many things that I want to go back and tweak! (Which is why I wrote the 2nd and 3rd and 4th draft without showing anyone…)

I swear, this will be a conversation between me and my (future) grandchild:

Grandkid: Gramma, when can I read your story?

Me: Hang on, dear, I will show you once I finish my 96th draft…

No kidding :’)

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Today’s snippet takes place shortly after Matt meets Olivia. Matt’s usual babysitter, Tanya, is away, and Olivia offers to look after his daughter for the evening. Matt and his daughter clean their apartment before she arrives.

Matt arranges the shoes neatly on the shoe rack, while Zelda picks up pencil crayons and plastic bags from the floor. Then, Matt pulls out the vacuum from the cupboard.

“Daddy, why do we gotta clean before Olivia comes?” Zelda asks.

He pauses before inserting the plug into the wall socket. “Well,” He says. “That’s because Olivia is a guest. We want her to feel comfortable at our house, right? When you go to Tiffany’s house, is it clean?”

“Yeah. But Tiffany’s house has a cleaning person who does all the cleaning. Can we have a cleaning person?”

That’s not a surprise. Tiffany’s family lives in a penthouse on Bay Street. Matt and Zelda, on the other hand, lives in a five-story walk-up.

“Maybe one day, Z.”

“Why don’t we clean before Tanya comes?” Zelda asks.

“Well,” he says, stretching out the word. They’ve been used to Tanya coming over to babysit that he’s been slack with the cleaning. “Look, Z, a plane!” He points out the window.

“Oh, really?”

She races over and leans over the windowsill, looking up at the sky. “There’s no plane, Daddy.”

“Oh gee,” Matt says. “I guess it went by too quickly. You know how fast planes can fly?”

“Hmm,” Zelda says. She turns back around, pressing a finger to her lips. “As fast as a car? As fast as a train?”

WIPpet Math: 10 (for October) + 2 (for 2nd Wednesday of the month) = 12 paragraphs

WIPpet Wednesdays is a blog hop where writers can share a snippet from their WIP. The only stipulation is that the excerpt is somehow related to the date. Be sure to check out some of the other lovely WIPpet snippets here. Thank you Emily Wrayburn for hosting.

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Are you nervous about sharing your writing with others? Do you clean before guests arrive?

WIPpet Wednesday: When Matt Meets Olivia

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Happy Hump Day!

To the writers out there: Are you a planner or a pantser?

Planner = Plan everything chapter and every scene so that you know what exactly what you are going to write before you write it

Pantser = Start with an idea in your head, but largely, fly by the seat of your pants

Or… are you a plantser like me? (Plantser = the best of both worlds)

Though I like to have a general sense of where my story is going, what the major plot points are, how some scenes will pan out, I don’t know the specifics of each scene until I sit down and write it. If I think too much beforehand, I feel bored and uninspired when I am actually writing the scene. In other words, I kinda like making stuff up as I go along. For me, writing is more fun that way, and believe it or not, it turns out better.

An update on my writing: I am now a bit over 130K words, and about 90-95% of the way there (woohooo!!) Then I will be going back and cutting some scenes, since my novel is approaching epic fantasy length, except… epic fantasy, it is not :’)

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Let’s go waaaaaayy back to the beginning for today’s snippet. Matt meets Olivia shortly after she moves in next door in their apartment building. Charlie races down the hallway off-leash, giving Matt a scare:

(Charlie = Olivia’s dog, Zelda = Matt’s daughter)

“Sorry about that,” She says, clipping a leash onto Charlie’s collar. “He likes to run.”

Matt looks at the beast with the eternal hunger burning in his eyes, subdued but undefeated.

Keep your dog on leash, he wants to say for his sake, for Zelda’s sake, for all their neighbours’ sake. What will happen when the ninety-year-old woman next door goes for her morning walk? He is fairly certain that she is blind.

He glances up at Olivia. He’ll say it.

“Oh. Um, I’m Olivia.” She says, extending her non-leash-holding hand. “I just moved in next door.”

He shakes her hand. He’ll have to say it. He’ll have to tell her what she doesn’t want to hear.

“It seems like everyone is really friendly in this building so far,” Olivia says with a chuckle. “Looks like Charlie and I will fit right in, won’t we, Charlie?” She reaches to scratch Charlie on the back of his ear.

Matt swallows. He feels his willpower caving in.

“Welcome,” he says instead. “That’s a cute dog.”

He wants to kick himself.

WIPpet Math: 10 paragraphs for October.

WIPpet Wednesdays is a blog hop where writers can share a snippet from their WIP. The only stipulation is that the excerpt is somehow related to the date. Be sure to check out some of the other lovely WIPpet snippets here. Thank you Emily Wrayburn for hosting.

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How is your week going? Are you a planner, a pantser, or a plantser? Is there an ideal length for a manuscript?

WIPPet Wednesday: La-dee-da-dee-dop?

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Hello everyone!

For the writers out there: Do you… hide the fact that you write? Although writing is something that I do every day, and is essential to my being, very very few people know that I write. It’s silly, but I’m afraid to be judged by it.

When you think about it, don’t we attach stereotypes to certain hobbies? When someone travels, they must be adventurous. When they like to DIY, they must be creative and maybe a bit quirky. When they read, they must be introspective. When they pole dance, they must be earning money on the side to supplement their pharmacist income (not true, by the way). And when they write, they must be, I don’t know……….. weird?

Also, when I do tell people that I write, the next question is, inevitably, “What is your story about?!” Which I am never, ever prepared to answer. How can I distill my story down to a few sentences?

This week’s snippet goes back in time – back to when Olivia was still dating her ex-boyfriend Rudy. When she moved in to his home, she encountered a dripping tap that wouldn’t turn off.

“You never got it fixed?” She asked.

“Nope. I mean, it’s not quite so bad.”

Her eyes dared him to elaborate.

“Here, look.” Rudy says.

Olivia tried not to stare at his bare, muscular back as he strode to the other side of the living room. He grabbed his acoustic guitar and sat on one end of the couch, placing it on his lap.

“It’s like a rhythm.”

He tapped the wooden body of his guitar, two beats per drip. He closed his eyes as his head bobbed along.

Then he stopped, his eyes on Olivia, and patted the space on the couch beside him. There were flutters in her stomach, and she was again a deer in headlights. When she was nestled beside him, he began again, the heel of his palm tapping a beat on his guitar. His eyes closed as he strummed a sequence of chords. Olivia’s head was bobbing to the beat too.

He sang, “The tap keeps running /

Cause the water won’t stop /

And the clocks a ticking /

Because… La-dee-da-dee-dop.”

WIPPet Math: 9 paragraphs for September.

WIPpet Wednesdays is a blog hop where writers can share a snippet from their WIP. The only stipulation is that the excerpt is somehow related to the date. Be sure to check out some of the other lovely WIPpet snippets here. Thank you Emily Wrayburn for hosting.

If you missed last week’s snippet (and yes there was a snippet last week!), check it out by clicking here. My character aesthetics are in the post as well, but you want to scroll down to the very end for the snippet 🙂

 

My WIP aesthetics! (and a snippet!)

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Hello everyone!

First of all, thank you everyone for sending me good wishes after my pole dancing accident two weeks ago! You guys are such sweeties! Thankfully, I am back in one piece and, yes, back to pole dancing, although I have toned down on my daredevil-ness (for the time being……..)

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SO, a few things happened last week, with respect to writing/blogging:

a) I got addicted to making aesthetics. I swear, it’s like a drug; and

b) After being inspired by Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books and Lauren @ My Paper Infinity‘s story and character aesthetics, I decided to make my own! (Do check out their posts if you want to see some super awesome aesthetics!!)

… and because of these reasons, today is going to be a slightly different WIPPet post 🙂

Here are a few words about my WIP: (Some of which you may recognize if you’ve been following my snippets for a while!)

  • Dr. Google
  • That awesome city in Canada called TORONTO ❤
  • A punky Asian rockstar
  • References to: Taylor Swift, Hedley, Monet, Van Gogh, Italian architects, and How to Win Friends and Influence People
  • Lots of #awkwardmoments
  • Mike drops
  • Cheating
  • Snooping
  • Forgiving
  • Chicken noodle soup
  • A trigger warning
  • The funniest kissing scene you may ever read 🙂

Aaaand without further ado, here are my character aesthetics! I am SO SO SO excited (and a teensy bit nervous) to share these with you guys 🙂

Olivia

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Matt

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Rudy

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Zelda

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Amelie

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All images are courtesy of Pinterest. Collages are created using this awesome app called Fotor. If you want to make aesthetics of your own, check out this super amazing tutorial by Michelle @ The Writing Hufflepuff

AND last but not least, my snippet for today:

As you may remember, Rudy is sweet, good-looking, and has legions of fangirls. He’s just not so great at fending them off (which may have something to do with him being Olivia’s ex-boyfriend.) In today’s snippet, however, Olivia and Rudy reconnect over lunch:

There is something about speaking to someone who once was close, who you once confided in, who once was your best friend even before you started sharing a bed. You know how to talk to him, and he knows how to listen for the words that are unsaid. It’s like travelling from one island to another. You don’t have to swim, because there is a bridge that is already built.

Olivia tells Rudy about what happened afterwards. As she speaks, she feels lighter, as if all these words have been weighing on her chest, and they are now being set free.

WIPPet Math: 101 words for 9/20 (9 + 2 = 11, then slip in the 0 between the 1s)

WIPpet Wednesdays is a blog hop where writers can share a snippet from their WIP. The only stipulation is that the excerpt is somehow related to the date. Be sure to check out some of the other lovely WIPpet snippets here. Thank you Emily Wrayburn for hosting.

New snippets are posted each week. Click here for previous snippets 🙂

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Are you a daredevil, or are you cautious and level-headed? What are some words that you would use to describe your WIP? Do you have aesthetics for your story/characters? OR, are you going to make some? (If so, please share!!!)

WIPPet Wednesday: Cloudy Day

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Hello everyone!

How is your week going? Last Thursday evening, I fell on my back during a pole dance class. It’s kind of a funny story:

Conversation with fiancé:*

Me: Uh, I fell on my back during pole class.

Fiancé: OMG go to Emergency right now you might have a lung perforation and drop dead like this minute-

*Note that fiancé is a medical resident, and that he is on the West Coast so this is a phone conversation

Conversation with medical resident in the hospital ER:

Me: Uh, I fell on my back during pole class.

Resident: How bad does it hurt, on a scale of 1 to 10?

[Meanwhile, the person in the room beside me screeches in pain. Cue feelings of guilt and non-belongingness.]

Me: Uh, a 5 out of 10?

Resident: Go back to work.**

Me: But-

**Note that I work in the same hospital

Conversation with coworkers:

Me: Uh, I fell on my back during pole class.

Coworkers: YOU POLE DANCE?!

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They did eventually get around to asking how my back is feeling :’)

Anyway 🙂

Today’s snippet follows shortly after last week’s. Olivia goes to the library in hopes of understanding Matt better:

Olivia snaps the book shut and hugs it in her arm. She picks up a few other books about depression and checks them out. Her shoulders are sore by the time she lugs them all home and dumps them onto her desk.

It is a dark and cloudy day. she turns on her reading lamp and grabs a fresh stack of note cards.

The thing is, Olivia never failed at anything in life. She truly believes that, if you put your mind to it and work hard enough at it, you will succeed. If you can get top grades in all your classes and maintain a 4.0 GPA, surely you can make another person happy.

WIPPet Math: 3 paragraphs for Wednesday 🙂

WIPpet Wednesdays is a blog hop where writers can share a snippet from their WIP. The only stipulation is that the excerpt is somehow related to the date. Be sure to check out some of the other lovely WIPpet snippets here. Thank you Emily Wrayburn for hosting.Blog_signature

WIPPet Wednesday: It Begins

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Happy Hump Day!

And to those who are going back to school / have loved ones who are going back to school: HAPPY BACK-TO-SCHOOL WEEK!

I am working now, so this hardly affects my day-to-day life. But the smell of autumn and that first prickle of cold air will always bring back memories 🙂

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My snippet for this week has nothing to do with the start of school, or anything new or exciting, but it does talk about beginnings. This takes place later on in my novel, when Olivia confronts Matt after an incident:

“Matt, about last night,” She says. Her eyes are downcast.

He stills, his heart pounding, his eyes dropping to the bandages on his left arm. He leans against the counter, touching the wound with the other hand.

“Do you want to talk about it?” Olivia asks.

Matt opens his mouth, then closes it. He wouldn’t know where to begin. There is the purple haze that sinks into your mind, it begins as a harmless whisper, telling you that you’re not so smart, that so-and-so could do better, it begins as a gentle weight on your chest, that reminds you to get your act together, or it will squeeze the air out of your lungs, it begins as a veil over your thoughts, and you feel your mind turning just a bit slower, having to retrace its steps just one more time, and it takes a bit longer to make decisions, because you want to make sure you do the right thing, even if it is as simple as choosing what to buy for groceries and what to make for dinner, it makes you dread every action, every thought, every inch of your being.

She is looking at him again, her mouth pressed into a frown. He knows he has to say something. Now that he’s made her do all this, he owes her an explanation.

He opens his mouth again, but the words catch in his throat.

The thing with words is, the longer you keep them in your heart, the more they hurt you, the more they fill you with shame, the more you want to keep them in your heart.

WIPPet Math: 7 paragraphs = 6 for the sixth of September + 1 for the first WIPPet of this month 🙂

WIPpet Wednesdays is a blog hop where writers can share a snippet from their WIP. The only stipulation is that the excerpt is somehow related to the date. Be sure to check out some of the other lovely WIPpet snippets here. Thank you Emily Wrayburn for hosting.

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