The Book I’ve Always Wanted to Write

For about a year now, a book has been rolling around in my head.

I haven’t written it yet. I’ve only started today, and I’m liking it so far. So, why haven’t I written it already?

Well, it’s about something I know literally nothing about. I have no clue how to write this book, much less what to do with it. But if I never start, I can never figure that out, right?

So I’m writing it. It might take me three years. It could take me a month. Who knows. It could be crappy. It could be awesome. I have absolutely no idea what’s going to happen with it, but I know I’m happy I’m trying it. I’m happy I’m diving into the world of the unknown and trying something so utterly new to me.

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Book 2 – Completed!

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*disclaimer: this post is a bit scattered and I apologize for that in advance.*

This summer, I embarked on my second full length novel, but decided to give something new a shot: Camp NaNoWriMo. Like NaNoWriMo, the challenge in to successfully complete a novel in one month (except it’s July, not November!). Last summer, I wrote my first completed manuscript, and it literally took me all summer. Although, I admit, it was quite long. (109,670 words long, to be exact.)

This book, however, was an entirely different experience than my first novel, and definitely a positive one.

Not only did I complete this book in one month, I took days off, I wrote a consistent amount of words for about half the month (which was crazy amazing), and I came up with a plot I really love. My last novel (entitled “Lutira” in my computer for no apparent reason) was a learning experience and proof to myself that hey, I can finish a novel!

After completing Lutira, I quickly realized that there was no climax of any sort. I was too scared to make my characters suffer. It’s basically 109,670 pages of fluffy happiness and lots of descriptions about clothing. So, when I sat down to think about my newest novel (“Simple” in my computer), I realized I needed to know the end when I started this book.

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the notes in pink are detailing Simple’s plot and notes about the book! NO PEEKING!

The majority of this book was planned out of the Notes app on my iPhone at around midnight when I was trying to fall asleep and had these plot ideas running through my head that I adored. So I figured out the main obstacles and the climax, and finally, the ending. The hard part? Getting there. This all played into the biggest lesson I learned while writing this book: the importance of character development and serious planning. I learned that I can’t pants on the ending. I have to know where I’m going in order to get there in a positive way and feel happy with what I’ve written. I also learned that it’s GOOD to make your characters suffer, even if it tears you to pieces and makes you cry while writing.

Simple is a novel I’m proud of, and am definitely planning on revising and editing a bit. There’s a few pieces missing here and there that I’ve taken note of, so I’m excited to get those in and look over the novel.

But before I give you anything else, I have to thank a cast of characters for their support and love during this month:

My Cabin Mates: Anneqah, Erika, and Eternalangel. You guys were awesome to have conversations with, and I loved this experience! (Only Erika and I completed our novels, but oh well.)

My Word-Wars Buddies: Anneqah, Erika, Rachel, and Megan, who I had a blast sparring with and getting in those last words late at night. Even if we didn’t all finish, I had a blast this month with you guys! *hugs*

My Cheerleaders: Jen (who’s going to be a beta reader which she is dying to do – gosh I love this girl), Vy (who’s been her usual supportive self), and Meredith (who I will force to beta read so she can smiley face my over powering sections of conversation).

My parents, who tolerated my time at the computer, my skipping out on certain things saying, “I need to get my word count in!” and were there when I finished with high-fives and hugs. My biggest cheerleaders, right here.

Now, without further adieu, I give you the Simple (working title, by the way) synopsis:

Gemma Jacobs follows her parents’s rules, excels in school, doesn’t get into trouble – she’s what every parent wants. But she’s never experienced the world outside of her life, and that’s about to change. When Wes arrives at her parents’s hotel and  rings the bell (literally) on her concierge desk, Gemma has a choice: she can let him in and be drawn into a world she’s always wanted to be a part of, or she can continue on the path her parents have built for her. Wes has the power to help Gemma become anyone she wants, but the question is: who does she want to be?

And an excerpt for your reading pleasure:

I curl my legs into my chest and lean my forehead to my knees, looking out of my window at the skyline of Boston. I’d like to think I am strong enough to leave my family, my name, my “legacy” as my father calls it, behind, but I don’t think I am. That would involve leaving behind my trust fund (which I’d like to think I don’t care about, but I definitely do) and everything I’ve ever known. Although I guess the latter is what’s involved in leaving behind your family. 

Maybe after college I’ll stand up to them. Tell them I’m going to move to India and become a snake charmer. God, that’d give them such a fright. I fall back against my pillow and imagine myself in some foreign land, no Jacobs hotels, no Mom and Dad breathing down my neck, none of it. 

It’s paradise.

And my nifty homemade cover with working title.

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Simple (working title) first draft completed at 50,278 words.

If you completed NaNo too, comment below! I’d love to share the excitement with you. *massive hugs*

So. I’m done.

guys.

I’m done.

Like, it’s done.

Most of you will probably want to know the details, the synopsis, the word count, the page number, the name, etc. I’m going to disclose this:

On my computer, the book is called “lutira1”. “Lutira” for some insane reason (I just came up with it) and 1 because it’s the first draft. The word count is 109,670. The page count (double spaced, Times font) is 490.

Like, I can’t believe that this baby of a book I start thinking about last January when it was just this seed of an idea tuned into a book and it’s first book I’ve written start to finish. I set a goal to finish it before I started school, and I did. My New Year’s Resolution was to write a book, and I did.

I think that’s the first time I met a New Year’s Resolution.

I’m really proud of myself. I’m so proud of this book and what I’ve achieved and how hard I’ve worked that I’m going to head straight into revisions once I finish my school projects. Then, I turn it over to Meredith and Jess and they start editing and I don’t look at this thing for like a month. That should be fun.

My little red Moleskine with all it’s tabs on it is staring at me right now like “HOLY CRAP YOU FINISHED ME. YOUR IDEAS ARE NOW WORDS.” And I’m grinning in my room with a background music of Olly Murs.

I finished the book to Olly Murs.

“Heart on My Sleeve” and “Don’t Say Goodbye” on repeat, baby. With some Christina Perri (“A Thousand Years”) and some Fiest (“Mushaboom”) to even the playing field.

Thanks for the love and encouragement.

I love you all.

*PARTY PARTY*

Willa 🙂

Lots to report!

Hello my little friends!

I just thought I would post something. You know, because I haven’t done so in a while.

What’s been going on since I last posted? Well, since you asked…

– School happened, and went into full blast. My book blog suffered slightly, and this blog suffered majorly.

– School ended! YAY! SUMMER!!!!

– I officially started writing something that I love and am really happy with the direction it’s going. Currently I’m at 55,000 words! Go Willa!

That’s a very short summary, and unfortunately, no, I can’t tell you anything about my story. There are only two people who know remotely anything about it. That would me and a close friend, Jess, who I told about it shortly after I thought of it. Meredith doesn’t even know anything… But I’ll tell you more when I finish because I’ll need beta readers!

I’ve really loved writing lately though, because I feel like I’m really going someplace with it. It’s becoming a habit and something I always look forward to! Also, I’ve gotten to the point where I sit down and write 1,2, even 3 or 4K words (or basically a chapter) and this feels like such an accomplishment. I haven’t allowed myself to revise or edit anything until I’m done with the first draft. It’s about 2/3 done now, but there’s so much more I want to write, and I don’t know how I’m going to fit it all in! AHH!

Thanks for reading my rambles.

Love you all!

— Willa

*swivels around in chair* It’s been a while, hasn’t it?

Hello all! *waves around like a crazy person*

This is Willa, here, being a very horrible blog writer for her amazing author blog. I finally understand why a lot of authors rarely post on their blog. Life’s busy! Things all around me are happening, and honestly, most of the time I would rather be writing.

I’m going to be very frank with you: I haven’t written in a while. I’ve been playing around with ideas in my head, trying to find something I’m going to stick with for more than a month or two. And I’ve realized something about myself and writing.

I want to make a difference with what I write.

I want people to come away having learned something about life, about themselves, about the world they live in, etc. For example: I know I definitely learned a thing or two about courage and the power we have within ourselves from The hunger Games, and I learned about how the past can always change the present from Jellicoe Road. Each one of the amazing novels I read I learn something from, and those are usually the ones we obsess and adore for the rest of our lives. The Hunger Games and Harry Potter will always be part of my life, and I’m so very thankful for the lessons they have taught me.

As I kid, I think we all want to “leave our mark on the world” and do something with our lives instead of working in a cubicle doing something we despise for the rest of our lives just to make money to support our families. I’ve been raised (and still am being) raised by parents who have consistently told me that if I know I want to do something with my life, it will happen. I may not be a millionaire, but I’ll have something money can’t buy: happiness. (Isn’t that in a song? Money can’t buy happiness?)

So, long story short, there are two main reason why I haven’t been writing. One is time, or lack thereof and two is that I’ve been thinking and playing around with ideas, trying to find one that could change the way people think about the world. That’s hard, I know, but I’m going to find it, and write it. That’s my happiness.

Love, Willa

P.S. What’s YOUR life-changing book?