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Know The Novel – Part Two: Within More Than A Dream {A Writers Linkup Hosted By Christine Smith}

*Emerges from writing cave*

Who’s up for round 2!

It’s time for part two of Christine Smith’s Know the Novel Linkups! If you’re interested in joining, click here for the post where you can get the questions and enter your link. 😀

I was going to also have another update as well as the linkup post, but… this past week was horrible. I’ll save you the sad violin song, but between Life being a jerk again and a very minor head injury (aka my clumsy self accidentally banging my head against a metal bar hard enough to see stars and make my teeth hurt, which resulted in two days of really feeling out of it.) I only wrote 7,000-ish words. My total word count is 32,379. Moving on.


1. How’s the writing going overall?

Up until this past week, it was going swimmingly. Yes, some scenes were hard, but I’m plantsing, so that was to be expected.

2. What’s been the most fun aspect about writing this novel so far?

The fun part has been my characters. I just never know what they’re going to do. They keep changing things and I’m finding any plans I make get thrown out the window. Is it also frustrating? Yes, yes it is.

3. What do you think of your characters at this point? Who’s your favorite to write about?

*Grins* Like I said, my characters are fun. I love them and they are one of my more rambunctious casts. (Ignore the fact that I’ve only written in depth with two other groups and don’t have much to base them off of.) Charm is very, um, well for one thing, one moment she is calm and collected, able to react rationally and then the next she’s ready to throttle the person standing next to her. So I don’t know if it’s just character development problems or just Charm problems. Ehehehe… And Ellar, he’s my precious little floof ball and he’s constantly making me want to cry. I’m mean really, what possessed me to be so cruel to this little cinnamon roll? Then there’s Will, Charm’s childhood best friend/been friends so long they don’t remember meeting. He is very interesting and very closed off which is annoying because I really want to know more about him. I haven’t written scenes from his POV, but I think he may have a more prominent role in the next book which means I will get to learn more about him. There’s also Giselle, Jack, and Collin, I’m lumping these three together only because they don’t have a lot of page time. They are also Charm’s childhood friends, just not as far back as Will. Giselle is the ‘mother’ of the group, she tries to keep them out of trouble and then goes along with whatever they have planned to make sure they can get back out of trouble all the while saying “I told you so.” Jack is the steady, dependable guy, he’s also the strongest of the group so he’s like their bodyguard. Touch one of his friends and he will end you. He’s like a cross between a grizzly bear and a Labrador puppy… if that makes sense? Collin is Giselle’s younger brother and he loves causing mischief. Need to pull a prank? He’s your guy. Need to sneak out of the palace? He’s also your guy. Let’s just say it’s a good thing he’s in Charm’s group or otherwise, well, ever hear of Flynn Rider?

And yes, I know the question is actually what do I think of them, but I don’t think I’ve said much about my other characters, so… you get to learn about them now!

(Sorry if any of that was boring, but hey, at least you got some Tangles Gifs out of it. XD)

For my favourite character to write about, that would be a tie between Ellar and VIP (Read this post to learn more about VIP.) I love being in Ellar’s POV or even just having him in the scene, but VIP is someone I’ve known longer and he’s my lovable, bungling, act-before-he-thinks boy whose ultimate goal in life is, well, the spoiler free version is he wants his friends and loved ones safe at his side and for them all to live happy lives, or at least for them all to live.

4. Has your novel surprised you in any way?

Yes. Yup. Uhuh. Very much so. VIP and his gang weren’t even supposed to be in the book and yet… erm… they’ve now all congregated at the palace and now I have to figure out what’s going on. Let’s just say ‘interesting’ is putting it mildly.

5. Have you come across any problem areas?

*cackles maniacally* Problem areas? Oh, goodness, no. *glances over shoulder at horde of characters* What would be problematic about having all these characters showing up and informing me that I am actually writing book two, if not book three, in the series and if I won’t write their story first, they are going to take over this one. On second thought, help me. This was one of the reasons I got little to no writing done this past week, I couldn’t exactly write any further until I figured out what my plot was now that they’ve done this to me.

6. What’s been your biggest victory with writing this novel at this point?

Figuring out what’s going on! XD This morning I finally had a breakthrough on what is up with VIP’s group and why they are here and now I can continue writing! *flings confetti*

7. If you were transported into your novel and became any one of the characters, which one do you think you’d be? Would you take any different actions than they have?

Oooh! I’d probably be either Charm or Giselle because, oh, wow, I only have four named female characters and one of those other two is Elisamarie, who is younger than me, and the second one is not someone I would want to trade lives with. Yes, I’m vague, I’m sorry. This is now book 2 or 3 so I don’t know what could be a possible spoiler. (Technically, anything about this book could be a possible spoiler, but, eh.) I’m not sure what I would do differently, they both seem to be handling what I throw at them pretty well. (Probably better than I would, I would probably be the character who just died off page for no reason. XP)

8. Give us the first sentence or paragraph then 2 (or 3!) more favorite snippets!

Oooh boy, please note this is a very raw first draft.

Princess Charmina stared at her father, sitting on his throne with a desk of papers before him. He couldn’t have said what she thought he said. There was no way she’d go through with it. And he knew it. So why had he planned it and set it in motion without telling her?

*cringes at all the its* Okay, snippets time!

She turned abruptly away and spotted something familiar in the far corner. A sad smile tugged at her lips as she quickly crossed the distance to Ellar’s old bicycle. It now sat rusted, layers of dust from years of disuse. The dust stung her eyes and nose as she gingerly touched the handlebars. She remembered the first time she’d convinced Ellar to let her sit on the handlebars as he rode through the city, her squealing and laughing at each bump and wobble while he sat stiff as an over-starched gown, petrified he’d dump them both onto the cobblestone or crash into a building.

He bit his lip and shook his head. “Sorry, but I promised not to talk about it. I should head back to my room before I break my promise.” He bounced on his toes and looked at her with conflicted emotions. “I’m really sorry, it’s not that I don’t want to tell you, or don’t think you’re trustworthy, but she’d kill me if I told you. Erm, not actually kill me, but you get the idea. I’m sorry.” With that, {VIP} removed his arm from her grasp and rapidly walked down the corridor leaving Charm utterly bewildered.
She shook her head and crossed her arms. She’d get to the bottom of it, after she figured out what to do about Ellar and Duchess Ellanor. Hopefully Will, Giselle, Tristin, and Elisa were all having a better time of it than she was. Because she was just having a peachy time. With nothing else to do she turned around to resume her trek to the kitchen when {VIP} peeked around the corner, biting his lip and scratching the back of his neck.
“Um, how do I get back to my room?” He shook his head, “No, never mind, you’re mad at me, with good reason, I’ll just try and find someone else.” He disappeared back around the corner and she heard him muttering to himself.
She couldn’t help it, she laughed until her shoulders shook with the merriment bursting forth. {VIP} resumed his peering ‘round the corner. A pouty frown creased his face. “If I’d known you were going to laugh, I wouldn’t have asked.”
She rolled her eyes and went to his side. Grasping his wrist, she said, “Come on, you’ll spend the next hundred years searching if I let you go on your own. And I’d rather not have your ghost haunting me.”

I hope you enjoyed those! 😀 The second snippet is one of my favourites because it shows what I mean about VIP and he’s just adorable in this one. (I sound like a crazy grandma…)

9. Share an interesting tidbit about the writing process so far! (For example: Have you made any hilarious typos? Derailed from your outline? Killed off a character? Changed projects entirely? Anything you want to share!)

Ehehehe, yeah, typos. Apparently Charm exhaled through her noses, and I thought I had another funny one, but I can’t find it now. Other typos are from typing quickly, like teh for the, and the like. Derailed? Outline? Most definitely. I went in having the barest of outlines to begin with and it seems my characters have vetoed even that much authorial control. *squints at them* It would be nice to have been given a warning. I feel like my writing is equivalent to that scene in The Polar Express where they derail onto a patch of ice. Ooh, another tidbit is Dylan has officially made his way into this story and I have absolutely no clue what is even going on now.

10. Take us on a tour of what a normal writing day for this novel looks like. Where do you write? What time of day? Alone or with others? Is a lot of coffee (or some other drink) consumed? Do you light candles? Play music? Get distracted by social media (*cough, cough*)? Tell all!

I usually write at my standing desk or on my bed… or wherever I can bring my laptop if I can’t stay home. I prefer writing early in the morning or late at night, so one of those is what a normal writing day looks like, but sometimes I can sneak in another session during the day. Ooh, yes, definitely alone. I cannot write when I feel like someone is looking at my screen or has the ability to even see my screen. I don’t like people reading what I write as I write it. I try to drink more water than anything, but lately I’ve been drinking a bit more coffee than normal. *squints at November* wonder why? I also like to play music as I write, whether that’s movie soundtracks and such or my local Christian radio depends on my mood. So, that’s basically an average day for me. It honestly varies from day to day though.

If you made it through all of that you get all the cookies. I should probably edit this, but I’m already late posting this so…


If you want to join the linkup, or read the posts others have done, click here.

How are you doing? Can you believe November is almost over? Are you excited about the upcoming holidays? Have you done the linkup? Tell me in the comments! 😀


14 thoughts on “Know The Novel – Part Two: Within More Than A Dream {A Writers Linkup Hosted By Christine Smith}”


    Plus, love the Tangled GIFs. Flynn Rider is just one of the BEST DISNEY DUDES EVER!!!! And ouch about the whole hitting your head situation. That doesn’t sound good. I hope it’s better now. Keep up the writing! You’re doing GREAT!!!!! ❤ ❤

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    1. EEEE!!! Thank you! Oh, my goodness, Maggie, your excitement just made my day! 😀 I am so so happy you love it and that you enjoyed the snippets! VIP is one of my favourite characters, (though it’s always hard to say I have a favourite, because they’re all like my kids, even though some of them are older than me, and you just can’t have a favourite kid. ;p) so I am so glad you like him. ^_^ Oops, I kinda thought I did, but then I forgot I didn’t? Sorry. 😦 I thought is was cool we had a character with the same name, albeit a different spelling. 😉

      Flynn is the BEST EVER! ;D Thanks, my head is much better now, thankfully it neither developed a goose egg or was dented, I just felt really wobbly and kind of disoriented. Thanks! ❤ You too!!! ^_^

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      1. Oh, YES!!! That’s sooooo cool about our characters have similar names (your’s just has an extra l. 😉 ). Great minds think alike, right? I wonder if they’d get along together….I mean if you have the same name, it’s kind of hard to NOT like someone.

        I’m glad it’s feeling better. That’s good! (Wait, can your head get dented?! Please tell me that’s just a joke. 😧)

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        1. Haha! Great minds DO think alike! ;D Hmm? It would probably be VERY interesting if the two should ever meet. My Collin is fourteen and very mischievous, but yes, I do believe he would like your Colin, although, he would probably side with Genie and pull pranks with her. XD

          Thanks! ^_^ Yes, your head can get dented if you hit it hard enough in certain areas. It’s a really bad thing though because it causes brain bleeds. Sorry if that was a bit TMI. o.o

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      2. Oooh, COOL!!! My Colin (isn’t it funny how we defer the different Collins/Colins as it’s ours XD) is sixteen and is more of that guy who’s just making it by day to day. Pretty typical in some areas and is always acting like he doesn’t care about anything even though he really does care most of the time. Yeah, I bet your Collin would side with Genie on a lot of things. (Hehehe, it would be funny to see your Collin and Genie team up.) But other than all the pranks your Collin would pull on my Colin, they’d probably get along really well!!!!
        Ouch! I honestly didn’t know any of that. No it wasn’t TMI, just wow. Now I’m keeping a look after my head more than usual….

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        1. Haha, I’m sure they would get along great! As soon as my Collin 😉 got some pranks out of his system. XD

          Oh, good. But you don’t have to be overly worried, it has to be in certain spots and a serious hit to cause it. 😉

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  2. Oh my goodness, Jen, that is awful about you hitting your head! D: ACK. I’m so glad it wasn’t as serious as it could be, BUT STILL. I hope it’s feeling a lot better now. *HUGS*

    OKAY BUT THIS POOOOST. AND THIS STORY. AND THE CHARACTERSSS. AAAAHHHHH!!!!!! I JUST LOVE IT ALL SO SO MUCH! I’m sorry they’re making writing hard for you by literally not doing anything you planned and just popping up all over the place though. Buuut at least they’re taking initiative and really coming alive, yeah? XD And gracious me, they just sound so FUN. I ADORED getting a quick summary of them all (and Tangled gifs are ALWAYS a bonus!). They sound like such a great group. I love how Charm is all fire and fun and Ellar as the soft cinnamon roll. Those pairings are my FAVE. And that snippet with VIP!!! :O WE NEED MORE OF HIMMM. He DOES sound SO. MUCH. FUN!!! And Dylan has arrived too??? EEEEP. This is getting better and better!

    Thank you so so so much for joining the linkup and sharing all this absolute deliciousness with us! I do hope this week proved to be MUCH better for you! Prayers for you, friend! *hugs*

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    1. I’m glad it wasn’t really that bad too, all I did was come up and out from under the bar too soon and too quickly thus *WHAMMO* I had a weird bruise on the top of my head for a while though and it took a few days before I felt focused and balanced again. Thank you, it feels pretty normal now. *HUGS back*

      AAAAAHHHH!!!! Thank you!!! Lol, YES! At least they’re coming alive and I’m not dealing with cardboard cutouts. 😉 Eeep! I’m so glad you enjoyed the summary! 😀 (Tangled is AWESOME!) Those pairings are my favourite too!!! Which makes it so much fun to write when they are together… which has only been like two maybe three scenes so far. ): XD EEEEE!!! I’m so happy you like VIP!!! ^_^ He’s like the knight in shining armor who falls off his horse, loses his helmet, and drops his sword, but still manages to save the day. XD Dylan HAS arrived! …in a way. He hasn’t had any page time yet, but the keyword is YET. 😉 I honestly have no clue what that boy is up to and what this even means for HIS story! O.o

      Thank you for hosting it!!! I hope so too and that you have an amazing week as well! Awww! Thank you for the prayers. <333 *hugs* I pray you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and rest of NaNo! ^_^


  3. Wow, this is crazy fun! All of those characters… in place. I feel you on this. I have a lot of characters. Especially in my current WIP (I had to kill off some… not in the story, outside of the story.). And I also want to do a crossover thing with a bunch of my worlds I have now one day… and that’s a lot of characters to deal with. XD
    I love that post with Dylan. That was so fun to read!
    Ahh, I just love those snippets! ❤ ❤ ❤ Haha, your comment on your first line reminded me of my comment on mine. XD
    Overall, your story is just sounding more amazing!

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    1. Thank you!!! ^_^

      O.O Oooh, you killed a character? I have yet to actually do that except, like you said, outside the story. That will be so cool if you do a crossover with a bunch of your worlds! 😀

      Awww! Thanks! I had a lot of fun writing it! And Dylan would like to inform you that if was his idea. Oy vey, characters can be a handful, huh?

      Eeeep! Thank you!!! I’m so glad you like them. Haha, lol, first drafts are just so lovely, aren’t they?

      *melts into puddle of happiness* Ack! Thank you!!! <333 ^_^

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      1. A character? Piiff, I did about six. XD Four of them, though, have moved into a new story (one that is set in the same world). Thanks! I don’t know how it will work, but the idea is cool!
        Haha, yes, they are a handful. There’s no way to control them. XD
        Yes, first drafts are so lovely…

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  4. Again, loving these snippets!!! 😍

    Yeah, I’m surprised you hitting your head didn’t lay you out for a couple days since I heard it from two rooms over… So glad it wasn’t too bad and that you’re ok now! 🤗💛

    Just keep writing, just keep writing, cuz I’m ready to read them…..🐠😂

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