I’ve set a date! July 1, 2019. The day that The Witches of Belle River (draft 1) will be completed.
Writing a book is hard, there’s a lot of different components to it and one of those is deadlines. I’ve been hacking away at this story since late 2016, painstakingly unravelling this plot until it even resembles an actual story, and realistically, I could probably continue to plod along but it’s time to set a date and work towards it.
Characters. In my opinion, they’re the most important thing about a novel, even more important than plot. A character is the heart and soul of the story and that’s why it’s necessary to flesh out a real and well-rounded character that practically leaps from the page.
If your character is underdeveloped, you risk the reader never connecting with the story you are telling and that would be detrimental.
I’m not musical in any way. I can’t sing very well and I can’t play an instrument. I did try to learn to play the drums for a year in primary school but it really didn’t stick. Despite my musical inabilities, I love music so much.
Music was always a part of my household when I was growing up and the appreciation for music that I learnt as a kid has followed me into adulthood.
My writing is fuelled by music. I have always created playlists to accompany my writing because I need it for inspiration. Writing The Witches of Belle River has been no different.
The Universe of a novel can be never-ending. Think of Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha Verse, started with the books in the Shadow and Bone trilogy and continued in the Six of Crows duology. What started in three books, extended into two more books which further explored the expansive world that Bardugo had created.
I’m low key (read high key) obsessed with verse stories. I love the idea of dipping in and out of the same world, exploring it every time with new characters.
That’s why I love writing companion novels. I want to stay in the world I’ve created but venture into another part of it that can only be seen by certain characters.