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17 Things You Probably Don’t Know About My Book + Snippets!

Heyyyy, everyone!

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.

But.

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!Screen Shot 2019-02-10 at 2.39.03 PM

Facts about my book right now:

  1. 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?
  2. At 5 years old, my protagonist Will awoke on a beach of a small town called Athwil.
  3. Following that: He has no memories of his past before that, meaning: he has amnesia.
  4. When Will was found on the beach, he was perfectly dry, and quite obviously not drowned.
  5. Because of his abnormal entry into the town, people are wary of him.
  6. His parents are nowhere to be found, but Will knows they’re alive, waiting for him.
  7. Will gets hit with flashbacks of his past in hazy dreams.
  8. 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. 

Plot changes:

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 (Thank Goodness):

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!”

Hilda nodded.

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* Screen Shot 2019-02-10 at 2.39.03 PM

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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I hope you enjoyed this post! If you have any questions or thoughts, leave a comment down below.

Thanks for reading!

Mary

35 thoughts on “17 Things You Probably Don’t Know About My Book + Snippets!”

  1. Mary!!!!! I love the title (I have picked up books with way weirder titles…. most of them turned out to be good.) Also If I ever saw this book in the library I WOULD pick it up and read it.

    I want part two. When’s that coming out?????
    Oooooooooooooo I remember a lot of that old stuff!!!!!!!

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      1. Oh man. Oh dear. OH MAN- *is suddenly weirdly afraid you’ll blackmail me with my old book information sometime in the future* (nah just kidding 😆…sorta)

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  2. I love your book, Mary, and I barely read any of it! XD And yes, I would pick up a book that was titled that ’cause the title itself hooked me up! (I mean, really, would YOU pick up a book called Mute? XD) YES! I DO WANT A PART TWO! GIMME A PART TWO…please? 😛 I also like the second snippet. It’s so captivating!!! *raises hand* ME!! I WANNA READ YOUR BOOK RIGHT NOW! ME! ME! *puts hand higher into the air* Pick me, please…!

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    1. Ahhh, thank you SO much, Mahitha!!! Oooh YAY, I’m so glad!! (Hmm, honestly I think I would and then check out the back cover for a description) OKAY, SURE!!! I’ll throw something EPIC together! *cracks knuckles* Ahhh you have no idea how happy that makes me!! I would totally give you it right now if I could! Unfortunately nothing set is written (’cause I’m plotting it right now), but I’ve recently been getting closer and closer to writing it!!

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      1. 😀 (Wow, you really would? Well then, you gotta admit it’s a worse title than ‘Threads of Time’. XD) Ah, yes! I can’t waittt!!! Ooh! *Impatiently waits in a chair but can’t wait and has to reassure herself that she’ll be able to read it SOMEDAY* 😛

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      2. (lol! Honestly I’m so critical of my writing I’m in such a big love-hate relationship with my title right now that I feel like anything’s better 😂) Ahh sorry!! (This totally inspires me to plot faster though lol) And for sure my blog will be one of the first places anyone will hear about my book getting published, so you will for sure know about it as soon as it comes out!!!

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      3. (Oh, me tooo! XD) Yes, and when I do hear about any of your books getting published, I might faint from excitement! 😂 Can’t wait for that day to come! ;P

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  3. GIRL, I would TOTALLY read a book called Threads of Time!!! The whole idea of Will waking up with amnesia on a beach WitHoUt being wet is SO COOL! (For the record, I thought the idea of every day being the same in that town was awesome too, but, yeah, I can see how that might not work.) XD BUT YOUR SNIPPETS!!!! AHHHHH!!! I LOVE THEM!!! It makes me wanna read the book 1000000000000000x more!!! 😀 My favorite would probably be the second (’cause old, creepily messed houses always rock). XD AND YESSS, I would SO LOVE a second part!!! I really enjoy seeing other people WIPs ’cause it just amazes me how many different and unique kinds of storylines and ideas can be created, if that makes sense. 😀

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    1. WOOO, that’s awesome!!! Ahhh THANK YOU, VICTORIA!! (Ooh, why thank you! Yeah, I’d figured out a good amount of things until I ran into the problem that they’d have to have the same conversations with the same exact words everyday, otherwise one new conversation could potentially send the course of the day in a different direction which couldn’t happen if everything was the same. So yes, sorry for the long explanation 😆) AHHH THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! Yesss sameee (IKR! Creeply messed up houses SO rock!) Oooh okay, I’ve gotten enough requests that I’m totally doing one now 😆 Yess I totally get that!!!

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  4. Threads of Time is actually a great title! It’s intriguing, and it creates a very vivid aesthetic for the story itself. All these facts and snippets made me eager to read this book. It seems like a very interesting premise with a lot of potential, and even though you only shared a bit, I feel like I have a strong sense of this world! And as for the “only witches can sing” storyline, that sound super awesome too, and I think you should totally write that some day. Keep up the great work with all this! Can’t wait to see where it goes!

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    1. Oh wow, really!? That’s AWESOME, thank you, Emily!! Oooh, I’m so glad!! Ahh this makes me feel amazing!! Ooh, thank you! I totally should write it 😁 I know I’ve said thank you like a million times already, but thank you so much!!

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  5. WAAAAAAAIT I REMEMBER GEMSTONE VILLAGE! 😱 You showed me the first bit of that book. (Geez, it has come a long way since then. 😂) Also, very cool featured image. *nodnod*

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    1. GGGAAASSSPPPPP-yeah actually I’m sure you do. (Yes *says dramatically with wind blowing my hair and I dunno where I was going with this* I have). Yesss thank you, thank you! I’m imagining that dude it Will. I just found it on my Pinterest board for him, thought it was cool, and totally used it.

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  6. *pauses* I think singing witches sound really cool…
    I don’t know if this is weird, but I really like that your antagonist is a girl, lol. I feel like so many antagonists/villains in teen books are guys. It just feels more unique the way you’re going about it!

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    1. Why thank you! I haven’t completely given up on the idea yet, but I know it’s not for this book 😆
      Actually, no, it’s not weird at all!! I actually totally agree with you-it’s for real one of the main reasons why Hilda IS my antagonist, is ’cause there are hardly any good female ones out there! Thank you!! That’s totally what I was aiming for 😁

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  7. I love thissssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss! Ignore the fact that I sound like a snake right now (or as I accidentally wrote, “Snape”) 😬
    But seriously, your book sounds so interesting! I’m /patiently/ (not) waiting to read it 😭😭
    I think the second snippet is the best too. Whhhhy is he in a creepy old house 👀
    Also, the name is awesome! It has a ✨lovely✨ ring to it.

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    1. Thank youuuuuuuuu! (lol I will be ignoring that fact then. LOL nope you don’t sound like Snape 😂)
      Wooo!! Thank you!! And ahhh sorry, I know, mostly plotting is lotsa fun for me, but sometimes I JUST WANNA WRITE THE BOOK lol.
      Hehehe…I unfortunately can’t tell you exactly why, just know it has something to do with a place in his past 😝
      Yesss thank you so much, Rayna!!

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  8. AAaaaahh, MARY this was sooo GOOD!!!! First off I LOOOVE the title Threads of Time. It just gives me all the feels if you know what I mean!!! I would SO pick up a book with that title!! And *raises hand* MEEE I WANT A PART TWO!!!!! Okay *cough* that sounded really childish. Lemme try again. *talks in British accent* Excuse me, Mary, but would it be quite possible to have a part two? XD

    Okay, I just realized that might’ve insulted someone. XD My favorite snippets are tied between the first two. They were insanely AWESOME!!!!!!!!!! Girl, I have wanted to read your book since the first day I saw the “awesome stuff about my books” page. Like PLEEEAASSSEEEE lemme have it!!!! *puppy dog eyes* Seriously, girl, you NEED to finish this story and publish it!!!!!!!! I shall continue wondering what’s up with mah boy, Will!!!!!!!!!!!! AND WHAT IS THAT SUUPER AWESOME POWER YOU GAVE HIM????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Ahem. I rest my case.

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    1. Ahhhh, Issabelle, THANK YOU!! Woooo, I’M SO GLAD! Awesomeee, I’ll totally be doing a part 2 sometime soon!! LOL you sold me on the British accent 😂
      (Oh man true but I love British accents so it’s fine lol) Yesss! THANK YOU SO MUCH. I would totally let you have it, but alas I am still plotting (although fun news, I’m getting closer to finishing plotting the book and I’m aiming to be writing my book, well…if all goes well, in a couple of months. (WHICH IS SCARY EXCITING) Only if I’m super dedicated though 😆 Which I’m hoping I will be.) Hahaha! And also MWAHAHAHA-I mean…*clears throat and says in British accent* unfortunately that information is pretty spoiler-y and would ruin some epic plot twisty stuff and I would totally tell you what his power is but that would ruin the book for you *sighs and sips sadly on tea* …please forgive me for being horrible lol

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      1. *gasp* girl, that is like SOOO INCREDIBLE that your about to start writing your book. YOU CAN DO IT!!! *waving pom poms and chanting, Mary, Mary, she’s our girl, if she can’t write this book no one cannnnnnn* *attempts to do a super cool flip and realizes mid-air that I don’t know how to do a flip* (Also, I LOOOVED your British accent it was HILARIOUS!!!! XDDD)

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      2. Yesss!!! I’M SO EXCITED! (but also super terrified *coughs*) LOL THANK YOU ISSABELLE!!!! Oh gosh I don’t know why but I’m just laughing at your sentence about flipping 😂 (Ahaha thank you, I modelled it after yours 😆)

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  9. YAAYYYY!!!!!!! WE GET TO HEAR MORE ABOUT MARY’S BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Woo-hoo!!!!😃
    YES, I would absolutely read a book title, Threads of Time!!!!!!!!! That title is so A-MA-ZING!!!!!! I want to read it soooo badly and I just love Will’s character!!!!!!!!
    Yes, yes, yes, I DEFINITELY want a part two!!! Also, my favorite snippet was the first one!!!! But seriously, I LOVED reading all of the snippets!!!!!!!!😃

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    1. YEESSSS YOU TOTALLY DO!!! Woooo, yay, I’m so glad!!! THANK YOU KATHERINE!! Ahhhh this makes me so happy!! For sure!! A part 2 will be coming up soon!! Yesss, I love the first one!! Ahh THANK YOU!! ☺️

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  10. Seriously, I’d buy this if/when you publish it. It reminds me of the Ranger’s Apprentice series (admittedly partly because of Will, but your writing style is also similar). Is there any way I can read more?

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    1. Aw my gosh, really!? That makes me so glad 😊 It’s been my life goal to publish it, so I’m hoping you’ll be able to buy this sometime in the next coming years!! 😁 Oooh my gosh no way!! That’s so sweet of you!! I love Rangers Apprentice! (and yeah the protagonist’s names happen to be the same and their backstory is mildly similar 😂) Unfortunately right now I don’t have much more to share as I’m still in my plotting phase.
      In the meantime though, I did do this funny post on my old writing a while ago (https://wildwritingdreams.wordpress.com/2019/08/12/warning-do-not-do-these-7-things-that-i-did-ft-me-roasting-my-book-to-marshmallows-pt-2/)
      I also share 4 snippets every week when I’m blogging in my special email list 😉 (https://wordpress.us19.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=13271bab2f4b7af5f353cb74e&id=2b8791cb58)
      Other than that, once I come back from my blogging hiatus I might be planning on having a fun “I’m back!” post with some new snippets in it 😝

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