There’s been a challenge over at another writer’s site to finish a goal by the end of July. I’m altering it to the end of August. 100,000 words. Can I do it? I hope and pray I can. If God sustains me . . . if nothing happens, maybe it’ll come about. Victory might be near. Anyhow, I decided to join the challenge, and go ahead and answer the first set of questions Katie posted on Whisperings of the Pen.
Introducing . . . Strong Hearts. (By the way, this isn’t the official title of my novel, but I like it so far)
What is your writing goal? 100,000 words by the end of August! I’m halfway there!
Tell us about this project. Give us a small synopsis. Strong Hearts originated three years ago, when I started learning about Lewis and Clark. Since then it has blossomed and changed, developed and fleshed out. It is a historical fiction piece, set back in the Federal Era (early 19th century).
The 19th century has begun! With it, the dawn of the American empire opens, as this young nation starts to rise up, from being a small number of states to stretching out from Atlantic to Pacific. This novel entails the stories of but a few men and women who were a part of Manifest Destiny. From plantation country in Virginia to a small town on the edge of civilization, along the Mississippi, the story intertwines lives of these Americans of the generation after the patriots of the American revolution
A tale of love, pride, honor, conspiracy, political intrigue in the personal lives of the select people who are the centre of the story. From the personal struggles of an explorer returning to civilization and at the same time battling the shadow of depression and a number of other troubles . . . to the journey of a young woman as she uncovers her history, that will affect her life and the lives of others more than she could have ever imagined.
How long have you been working on this project? I’ve started this rough draft in April, but I’ve started rough drafts before this that just didn’t click. This draft did, and it’s going somewhere!
Introduce us to three of your favorite characters in this project. This is not a difficult question! I would have to say Diana firstly-she is my twin mentally, she’s so much like me
But that usually happens with the MCs, a natural tendency, eh? Diana-she’s imaginative, idealistic, meditative, fiery, passionate, and courageous. Her courage is seriously tested throughout the novel.
Julian-I introduced him at greater lengths in the previous post, but right here I’ll tell you that he’s honorable, loyal, caring, and a true hero, even if he didn’t cross the continent and back again. He’s just that . . . splendid.
Meriwether Lewis-he’s not a character. But he’s fascinating, complex, and tragic, and I love reading and writing about him! More on this later . . .
How often do you intend to write in order to reach this goal by August first? Ahem. Let’s see, if it works out, I hope to write 5,000 words a day or more. Heaven help me in this endeavor.
How will you make your characters behave long enough to finish this goal? I’ll threaten death. Julian and Diana are troublesome enough, but if they give me any resistance and complaining, I’ll see to it that they receive what they deserve. (Harsh, right? How else do you control unruly characters?)
Go to page 16 (or 6, 26, or 66!) of your writing project. Pick your favorite line or snippet on the page.
From page 16:
Contentious! The scarlet suffusion of embarrassment had turned into one of anger. Lewis had to measure his reply; nevertheless his vexation did ring in it. “That is no given,” he said in a fast, breathless way, “What sort of honor does a man have when he lets the birds pick him till he is nothing—when he lets men who only speak trivial bombast tread on him, and yet he does nothing to prevent it!”
Tea or coffee? Since I dislike coffee (I won’t use the word “hate”, but my sentiments are quite close to detestation . . .) I’ll say tea. I’m not a HUGE tea drinker, especially since it is the middle of summer and drinking hot liquid does NOT sound tasteful right now, but I favor tea greatly over coffee. First, it doesn’t give me a headache. It has multi-purposes, depending on the type of tea. It can calm me down, get me sleepy (so I won’t be lying awake in bed for hours), wake me up (awesome for writers), and just satisfy the craving for something sweet tasting. I use cream and honey . . . mmm