My #WIPjoy Compilation – June 2016

In June, I participated in #WIPjoy on Twitter. #WIPjoy is a fun hashtag opportunity to share your work-in-process (WIP), celebrate other writers’ works and meet new writer friends! It’s hosted by the awesome Bethany Jennings a few times a year.

Every day of the participating month, you have a prompt to share about your WIP. I already can’t wait until the next one!

Here is the entire compilation of my June 2016 responses for AN HEIR TO EXTINCTION, a YA fantasy about a 16-yo’s search for her father in a world hidden under a coffee shop.

Thanks so much for the #WIPjoy compilation idea Alexandra Wendt – you can find her compilation on her blog here.



Intro Week

1. Tell us about your WIP!
While Ember searches for her dad, her uncle wants to transform her into an assassin to kill off magical creatures. X-Men+Vikings
2. Introduce your protagonist’s awesomeness!
Ember, 16-yo coffee snob, tries to be courageous, but is curiously confused. Don’t piss her off, she may accidentally kill you.
3. Share a line showing your WIP’s atmosphere. (my most popular Tweet in this with 25 likes and 2 RTs)
A velvety blanket of white fog loomed, circling tree trunks and cloaking the forest floor.
4. Share a line about one of your WIP’s main emotions.
All alone, I let out a few more exasperated sobs, till my body trembled.

Character Week

5. The character you relate to most, and why.
I think I relate most to Ronni, my MC’s cousin and the inexperienced barista. Ronni is fiercely loyal and very observant.
6. A character who shares a flaw with you.
Wren likes to overshare almost as much as I do. LOL!
7. Did you base anyone off a real person?
All of my characters are based off certain people in my life in some small way – whether it’s what they look like or how they act.
8. Share a line that shows a character’s sense of humor.
“Please don’t feed the animals while on the tour. They are a bit wild and annoying today,” Ember teased at Lavanya, who growled.
9. Which character/s would you want to be roommates with?
I would want to room with Wren because she definitely can carry a lively conversation and knows where to find the sweet treats!
10. Share a line that makes you want to hug a character.
“It’s just…well, you’re new in our guild. And your teary eyes told me you could use a friend.”
11. A minor character with author-headcanon you adore.
he door that intrigued me for years as a part of a bedtime story had trapped me inside. A chill crawled across my exposed skin.

Beginnings and Endings Week

12. Share a chapter beginning you love.
The door that intrigued me for years as a part of a bedtime story had trapped me inside. A chill crawled across my exposed skin.
13. How do you want readers to view the protagonist at the beginning? — and at the end?
Ember beginning = tragic, angry, confused / Ember ending = brave, loyal, mature. 🙂
14. Share a line where a character tries something new.
That’s brilliant!” I remarked. “I never would have guessed that blob of fruit could be so beautiful inside. Is it safe to eat?”
15. What grabs you about your premise?
Even though this story has a portal, it shows the connection between both worlds and why that’s an important element.
16. What sticks with you about the ending?
My MC finding out more about her family, but also the hint of romance!
17. At the end, how has your protagonist made you proud?
She shows courage against her uncle but keeps close to her values.
The end of Ch. 9 when my MC has a friendship connection with one of the guild members.

Random Fun Week!

19. Does your WIP have a contagonist?
Yes! She becomes my MC’s closest friend. She even takes her punishment when they get into trouble!
20. Share a line that mentions food.
I skipped over the bug-like delicacies, looking forward to the yellow mashed vegetables with cheddar and bacon aroma.
21. Does the weather or nature act as an antagonist at any point?
A fierce storm was central to the MC’s car accident and a part of her dad’s disappearance.
22. Share a line about a smell.
A draft blew in from the other side; it smelled like turned earth and blueberries.
There is a kiss at the end!
24. Tell us something your character would hate us to know (mwahaha).
Ember would hate for us to know that if she gets too anxious or worked up, she barfs. (Gross!)
25. Do your characters feel like your… Friends? Kids? Both? Something else entirely?
My characters are like family to me!

Encouragement Week

26. What keeps you working on this WIP?
The writing community I’ve met through Twitter, including my CPs, Beta Readers and close friends. 🙂
27. What threatens your writing joy? How do you combat it?
The real world of my job and cheerleading season. LOL.
28. What do you want the future book cover to be like? (If you already have one, share!)
A door!
29. What’s the best thing people can say to you about this WIP?
“Wow! This is incredible! I adore your characters, especially Marn. When does the next book come out?”
30. What are you planning for your next WIP after this one?
I’m working on Book 2, but also have a WIP about a runaway bride in Vegas.
#WIPjoy was great fun! We all love the opportunity to share our blood, sweat and tears! Thank you to all who participated and my new friends!
Typing cat

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