know the novel, part two: within the WIP // a writers linkup

My friends, I’m doing another November post (which I somehow made time for), and this time it’s the second part of Christine’s NaNo Writers Linkup! I did the first part here, and I was so happy that some of you did it too. If you didn’t, but want to participate (even if you’re not doing NaNo!), then head on over to Christine’s blog for an explanation of how to do so and a handy place to add your link.

On to answering the questions!

1: How’s the writing going overall?

Well, considering that (at the time I’m writing this) I’m 4.5 days in, it’s going very well! I’m handwriting, which I thought would be awful, but it turns out that I can do 1.5-2k per day without panicking or feeling too drained. It’s amazing.

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

I’ve loved discovering Toby’s character (for those who have watched Fiddler on the Roof, that’s Tevye) and how he interacts with Sarah (Tzeitel). Also, the sisters interacting cracks me up!

And I almost forgot. Asa. HE IS THE BEST. That’s all I’ll be telling you about him.

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

Asa. Need I say more?

. . .

Well, I suppose I could. Sarah’s pretty amazing, but I’m a bit scared because sooner or later I have to switch POVs to Dassah and that’s going to be hard. Worth it, but hard.

4: Has your novel surprised you in any way?

Well, Asa did surprise me, but I suppose that’s not helpful to know.

I was surprised when a character showed up and then promptly died. I didn’t expect that.

5: Have you come across any problem areas?


It is very hard to make a Jo-like character fall for her Laurie when there is a Professor Bhaer in the story as well.

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

Actually writing it! I didn’t think I’d be able to make time every day (and of course, I still have 25.5 days left to do it), but it looks like it’s going to work. Which is incredible.

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?

Well, my three main characters (Sarah, Dassah, and Eve) all have major similarities to me. So I’d be one of them. Probably Sarah, but I’m not sure.

As to making different choices… yes. I never would have let my college professor come over for dinner. Bad decision, Sarah.

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

The very first paragraph was written back in the spring (I already had about 5k on this story, which I’m not counting for NaNo):

Sarah Jordan was coming home.

The news spread through the town of R— [not sure about this name so I’ll write it like Jane Austen would], Michigan, like a wild winding whisper.

The first bit I wrote in November was this:

She sent it to Cai, and after a moment’s hesitation, Lazarus.

Here’s something wise that Toby said:

Well, sometimes when you pretend things, they come true. So. Pretend – make believe, just like you’re a little girl again – that you truly trust in God’s mercy and grace and goodness. Pretend that you rejoice in this dark, wild, messy stuff, daughter, and maybe you’ll find you actually can.

Here’s a bit about Asa (<3):

“Hello, Sarah Jordan.” His voice was rough and lined with memories – like his face.

9: Share an interesting tidbit about the writing process so far!

I’ve been hand-counting my words. That takes a while (:

10: Take us on a tour of what a normal writing day for this novel looks like.

Where do you write? All over my house (and for three days, all over a college campus while I was at a retreat).

What time of day? Whenever I have time! Usually a bit in the morning, then schoolwork and lunch, then more during the afternoon, then schoolwork and supper, then more before bed.

Alone or with others? Other are present, but usually only I’m writing.

After a few pages, my hand aches, but I make myself keep going. It’s all worth it.

I hope you enjoyed this tour of my novel! Check back in December for the third part of the linkup.

Good luck writing your novel(s)!

Until next time,

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Published by Maya Joelle

classics student, bookdragon, wordsmith, forest girl, incurable romantic seeking to adorn the dark with my words and kindle hearts with legendary fire looking for beauty in the ordinary but the men signed of the cross of Christ go gaily in the dark

10 thoughts on “know the novel, part two: within the WIP // a writers linkup

    1. It does… have you seen Fiddler? It’s basically all romance, which means my young bros refuse to hear me read snippets ever. They’re scared of romance.


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