Time to talk about my WIP again!
I never used to do this at all, as the thought of giving the dreaded “elevator pitch” makes my stomach churn like too much greasy pizza too close to bedtime.
But like anything bearing the label “dreaded”, said dread is usually lessened over time through devoting regular thought and effort to improving at the task at hand.
In other words, I need to practice pitching and promoting myself more.
Which is why, when tagged by my blog-buddy Eric J. Baker, to answer four questions about my WIP as part of the Writing Process Blog Tour, and I agreed to participate.
The four questions are thus as follows:
1. What are you currently working on?
Earlier this year, I tried my hand at writing a summary for my WIP, which I posted on my “About my novel-in-progress” page on this site.
However, according to a post on creating loglines at the blog Writers in the Storm (linked in Eric’s Writing Process Blog Tour post), a logline is a synopsis of your novel of only 25 words.
I have one word extra, but here’s what I came up with (with thanks to Eric for advice and revision):
In Medieval England, a knight’s daughter employs political dexterity, witchery, and treachery to escape her abusive father, and discovers the true meaning of loyalty and duty.
I’ve been working on this project for a few years now. I was hoping to have the first draft finished by my birthday last year, however, the story has grown in the telling.
Having already once grown from one book to two, I recently concluded, upon reaching the milestone of page 400 in book 2 and still having another 100 or so pages to go, that I am, in fact, writing a trilogy.
Good things, it’s said, come in threes. I sure hope that is true!
2. How does your work differ from others in its genre?
As a work of historical fiction, my novel takes place in 13th century England (i.e. Medieval) whereas much of what I see published these days deals with the 16th century (which is actually the Tudor period).
Also different is that I have no main characters who are actual personages from history, for I’m more interested in making a main character of the historical era, which is best allowed to shine when not paired with someone from history whose life is already well-known.
It also contains magic realism since, in its earliest iteration, it was a fantasy story, and some fantasy-ish elements of that just worked within the context of 13th-century superstitions and historical fiction in general.
3. Why do you write what you do?
I write historical fiction and fantasy-ish things for two main reasons.
The first is because I was raised on the stuff, and it’s romanticized (mis)representation of flowing dresses, swords and chivalry, unspoiled nature, localized evil, and idealistic heroism has infected in brain like those alien earworms from Star Trek II.
That is to say, because I love it.
The second reason is to make a more palatable statement about aspects of modern life that I dislike, most of which have their origins in ancient history since we humans seem to like recycling the same societal mistakes over and over again.
For example: I can (and do) comment about modern-day violence against women through examining over the course of my novel’s plot, the effects of the Medieval belief that “Provided he neither kills nor maims her, it is legal for a man to beat his wife when she wrongs him”, and “A good woman and a bad one equally require the stick.”
I like using history to draw these parallels as a way of (hopefully) bringing awareness to issues that matter to me.
4. How does your writing process work?
My current writing process (for I’m fully open to the possibility that it might someday change) is as follows:
- I outline, both to get a basic sense how I want the story to progress and because, though I write in linear fashion, ideas occur to me from all points in the story, and I don’t want to forget them. I’m not opposed to deviating from my outline. In fact, I pretty much expect it
- I write in the evening after supper. I always unplug my modem while doing to so to prevent internet distractions.
- I try to think about what I’m going to write that night during the day, perhaps emailing myself a few sentence starters or key points from work to help get me going. (At work, I’m actually one of my most frequently emailed contacts.)
- I tend to fuss over my writing at a sentence level. I’m very particular about word choice and rhythm, and, at least for this project, have decided to spend the time upfront determining the correct words and flow rather than using placeholders and trying to figure out what I actually meant during revision.
- I always write the most just before its time to stop writing; I start slowly but finish strong.
- Overall, I’m slow and my first drafts go long. My name is Janna G. Noelle, and I’m a writer.
Writers: What are you currently working on? What’s your WIPs logline (a summary of approximately 25 words)? Readers: What’s the logline of a book you love? Let me know in the comments.