I must have written several dozen introductions to this post, usually along the lines of how chaotic yet fun NaNo is, but none of them ...

    I must have written several dozen introductions to this post, usually along the lines of how chaotic yet fun NaNo is, but none of them sounded right. So what am I doing? Writing an introduction about how I can't write an introduction. Perfect.

    Anyway, today I'm linking up with part two of Beautiful Books, which is hosted by the lovely Cait and Sky. The aim of this month's is to share how your writing is going, so let's get to it!

1) Overall, how is your mental state, and how is your novel going?

Typing this up, my brain is fairly calm for once. Most likely this is because I actually slept a decent amount of hours last night. As for my novel...dare I say it...pretty well? It's thrown plenty of plot twists and new POVs my way, but I've been scooping them up and carrying on. 

2) What’s your first sentence (or paragraph)?

Well, I believe I've shared the first sentence before, but since you asked, here are the very first draft-y beginning paragraphs (because I am a rebel):

“The execution papers are all in order.” The guard’s voice carried out from the darkness, and wrapped its ember fingers around Bakari’s chest.

Beside the guard, Prince Raad sneered as he gazed into the cell. “Of course they are. Who would object with tearing out the heart of a prince killer?”

Bakari pressed his back into the corner of the the cell’s rough brick walls. His fingers fumbled to grasp the beetle amulet lying on his bare chest. Blessed Tayi, please, save me. I have no offering for you other than my life. Spare it, and it shall be yours. I swear it on your everlasting power.

“Open the door,” Prince Raad ordered the guard.

The guard undid the door’s heavy bolt. “Honoured One, he must be alive for the ceremony.”

“He will be.” The prince stepped inside. “Just.”

3) Who’s your current favourite character in your novel?

Agh, such a hard question! I love bits and pieces of different characters, but I have to say Bakari. Mainly because I am being horrible to him and feel guilty, and also because...SPOILERS.

4) What do you love about your novel so far?

I'm having fun (read: lots of pain and frustrated brainstorming) with the mystery element to the story. Which consists of me trying to figure out what on earth actually happened, who is lying, and so on. Playing with the Ancient Egyptian inspired world is exciting too!

5) Have you made any hilarious typos or other mistakes?

I tend to fix up my typos as they go, so sadly, I don't have any to share.

6) What is your favourite to write: beginning, middle, or end — and why?

I have a special fondness for the exact middle of my books? Because that is usually where I have no idea what to write, so a plot twist slams into the story-world, and everything spins into chaos.

What are you talking about? I'm a kind author.

7) What are your writing habits? Is there a specific snack you eat? Do you listen to music? What time of day do you write best? Feel free to show us a picture of your writing space!

Snacks aren't my thing, but music is! I hop onto Spotify and listen to whatever songs come up--I don't have any specific playlists... But! If you want to listen to the theme song of OTAT, listen to this song:

8) How private are you about your novel while you’re writing? Do you need a cheer squad or do you work alone (like, ahem, Batman)?

I am very private on my offline life, and even online I only share the novel's happenings on my blog, and occasionally on Twitter. But usually my critique partner pulls snippets out of me with no mercy. *glares, then hugs*

9) What keeps you writing even when it’s hard?

Once I start a story, one that I believe in as much as I do in this one, I won't stop. I will finish the first draft. I have to. So even if I feel like my words are cliche, or the plot is sagging, I keep surging onward.

10) What are your top 3 pieces of writing advice?

I shared most of them in last week's post, but I'll be original and throw some new ones your way:

#1- Sit down. And write.
#2 - If you think your first draft is perfect, be worried. It's not supposed to be.
#3 - To write an effective antagonist, pity and fear them at the same time.

How is YOUR writing going? Who is your favourite character? What keeps you writing?
Good luck with your story, and have a fantastic day! <3

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    Of Traitors and Tricksters sounds like a fantastic story, and I wish I could have it in my hands right now. XD

  2. oh hahah i should do this beautiful book tag!

  3. Every time I hear about this novel, I just want to read it so badly!! I'm really interested in Bakari and your plot and everything. :D good luck with NaNo! I can't wait to hear how it goes for you. :)

    1. Thank you Chelsea! I'm so glad you like the sound of it. :) Thanks so much for commenting!

  4. Ohhh my gosh, Melissa!!! Those snippets are AWESOME. Glad to here that your writing is going well!



  6. THIS IS SO BEAUTIFUL I'M IN LOVE. Your story sounds so COOL, Melissa!!!

  7. You have awesome snippets, this story sounds so good!

  8. Trying to figure out which of your characters is lying anyway... xD

    (and intros for posts are hard, I agree)

    Reading about Traitors and Tricksters is making me look forward to beta-reading Golden Revenge next month! ;)
    - Jem Jones

    1. Hehe yep. xD Ugh, aren't they? I can never seem to write one I'm happy with!

      Aw, thank you! Can't wait for you to read it. :) Thanks for commenting Jem!

  9. This sounds really cool! I'm not usually one for Egyptian based stories, but this one sounds fun! I hope you continue to enjoy the story!

    1. Thank you Sarah! :) I am enjoying it, so I hope so too. xD Thanks for commenting!

  10. I love the Prince of Egypt! I'm really loving the sound of this story. ^ ^ Keep up the good work!


  11. *smiles smugly* Oh yes. Your snippets are the best. Thank you for sharing them with me! I realize now I'm rather spoiled to them :) I WOULD BE GOING CRAZY IF I HAD NO IDEA OF THE WRITINGS IN THIS BOOK. So thank you for sharing your lovely words! I'm sorry I can't do the same this nano, but maybe next year ... ;)

    1. *pokes then huggles** You are rather spoiled, hehe. xD NAWW YOU'RE SO WELCOME. And yes! Next year! Or I'll hunt you down... :P Thanks for commenting!