So, as many of you have probably realized already-whether you’ve been hanging out with me for a tiny bit or way longer-is that…I’m horrible at knowing how much to reveal and how much not to reveal when talking about my book.
I’ve managed to pull out 17 facts and things (and 4 big-ish snippets!) that you probably didn’t know about from my WIP. So, let’s get started!
Facts about my book right now:
- It’s current stand-in title is: Threads of Time. Which I’m both very proud of and not sure what to do with.
I SUCK at coming up with titles, okay?
- At 5 years old, my protagonist Will awoke on a beach of a small town called Athwil.
- Following that: He has no memories of his past before that, meaning: he has amnesia.
- When Will was found on the beach, he was perfectly dry, and quite obviously not drowned.
- Because of his abnormal entry into the town, people are wary of him.
- His parents are nowhere to be found, but Will knows they’re alive, waiting for him.
- Will gets hit with flashbacks of his past in hazy dreams.
- My antagonist is a girl, Hilda, and every certain number of chapters I’ll switch to her point of view.
Snippet Scene From My Book Right Now:
As a disclaimer, this is just a quickly jotted scene from one of my notebook plotting sessions, so it’s not edited:
Son. What an interesting word. What was I? A son? I must be. I had to come from somewhere.
“Just breathe,” the male voice said, and a pressure on my shoulder made me realize he was placing his hand on me.
A son…had a…”Father?” I voiced, slowly raising my head to squint at the man beside me. I found a worried, old face, with pale green eyes. The man shook his head.
“I’m sorry, boy, I’m not your father. But maybe I can help you find him. What’s your name?”
“William,” I said it even before the thought came to mind. Yet the name felt so…right. It seemed to click into place in my mind and settle there.
Facts about my book before and which have now changed:
9. Before, my book was taken from 3rd person POV, and currently I have discovered that, to really dig into Will’s feelings, I need to write this book in first person.
10. My jokester character, Tom, did not exist until I started plotting this book. He is derived from a boy named Thomas in the first draft ever who provided my characters with horses and fought in the climactic battle with them. Aka? He was pointless. And now? I gave him such a strong point that he’s in the main group of characters.
11. In the start of the books, my characters were 10. Aging with me, they now range from about 13-16 years old.
12. My side character, Anya, used to have copper hair and lavender eyes
aka really freaky looking. Now she has strawberry blonde hair with grey-blue eyes.
13. Faith used to have a crush on Will. It was petty and stupid. Now, she is 13 and he is 15, and they have an adorable friend relationship where Will-yes-looks up to Faith. It’ll make more sense when you read the book.
A Scene That Never Existed Until This Draft:
Another from one of my plotting sessions!
With so many fears circling through my mind, it took me a full minute to realize that no one had answered. I pushed on the door, which creaked open. It had been left unlocked.
“Hello?” I called, stepping inside, my wild thoughts petering down.
The house was a disaster.
Chairs were overturned, books destroyed, and strange, red marks marred the walls.
The whole place was ransacked.
My hand whipped to my sword at my belt, fearing an attack, until I realized a solid layer of dust encased the entire room.
“What happened here?” I whispered, my voice cracking.
13. One of the bigger plot changes that I made was the fact that my book used to be based around witches and singing. No one in the world was allowed to sing or knew how to sing except for witches. And because of that, witches were considered dangerous and evil. All of that is gone now, but it still strikes me as a fascinating idea that I could still play around with in the future! (
if I were brave enough to try again *coughs*.)
14. The village Will washes into at the beginning is now called Athwil. Before, it was called ‘Gemstone Village’, where every single day was the same. My brain soon exploded when I realized the bajillion reasons why that idea was not possible at all.
An Old Plot Scene From My First Ever Draft That Does Not Exist Anymore (
She gasped when she immediately realized; everything was crystal. “N-no!” Anya cried softly. She looked at the ground, and saw her teardrops in mid fall. They were crystalized to the spot. Anya kicked at the tiny drop, hoping to brake it. Instead, she felt a jolt of pain in her foot, and she dropped to the ground, panting. Anya soon recovered, and got up again. She looked around for Will, but saw no sign of him.
So, er…’brake’ is supposed to be ‘break’ as you probably noticed, and yeah…my grammar wasn’t too…uh…good back then. Neither was my ‘showing not telling’ methods.
Or literally that entire paragraph.
But anyway! I had this one dramatic scene where Gemstone Village turned into crystal. I took a tiny, tiny, TINY remnant of that idea and it’s still in my book today, but there’s no crystal at all anymore ’cause it just made…no sense.
Other large changes:
16. My book was once titled “The Gemstone Keepers”.
17. Will never got a power in my original drafts. Due to some epic plot developments which have happened since the first draft, I have been able to give him one of the best powers of all. (Unfortunately this is the point where I can’t say more than that, sorry!)
Another Scene Which Does Not Exist Anymore (Also From My First Draft Ever):
“So, what was that?”
Hilda raised an eyebrow. “In case you hadn’t noticed, that’s what you call ‘a tree falling down’.”
Will shook his head quickly. “No, not that! I mean…that sound…not that the tree made,” Will said quickly after the look Hilda gave him. “the one you made.”
Hilda rolled her eyes. “A song, what did you think it was?”
Then facts came flooding back at Will. A song was a beautiful sound that you made with your mouth. No one except-
Will blinked. His mouth opened up slowly, adjusting into a wide gape. His eyes started growing bigger, until they were bulging.
Hilda smirked as Will said, “Y-y-y-you’re…a witch!”
Don’t worry, guys. I do NOT write like this anymore. *shudders and then crawls into a hole because this super embarrassing so just go read the first two snippets again they’re much better*
Takeaway from this? Great writing is rewriting! And realizing your book needs a plot! And when life gives you cookies, you eat them! And realizing that I cannot for the LIFE OF ME come up with a good title. What do you all think of ‘Threads of Time’??? (For real, guys, I need help. Like, would you pick up a book titled that???)
Also, if you had fun looking at this, take a look at when I Roasted My Book to Marshmallows!
Anyone want a part two!?
Which was your favorite snippet!? (
Mine was the second, personally)
WHO WANTS TO READ MY BOOK NOW?
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