The Shared WIP Tag - Week One: General Questions

I'm so excited to be joining in with this month-long tag, The Shared WIP Tag! Julian has hosted it a few times now, and I've always wanted to join in so, despite not officially doing NaNo this year, I hopped onboard! I can't wait to share with you all about my passion project and WIP for several years, Golden Revenge.



Introduce the story: blurb, maybe a cover or anything else!

Taylan is a refugee out for blood. Between desperate searches for work and empty meals, he dreams of his country's freedom from royals and rebels alike. With his promise of revenge for his slaughtered mother and sister haunting every step, Taylan scrapes up money wherever he can, waiting for the chance to one day glimpse peace. He'll do anything to quell the nightmares plaguing him; even become one.

Mida is a princess cursed with the touch of gold. A near-murderer by age six, she keeps her hands permanently trapped in magical leather. Behind her self-made walls of distance she hides from all but her brothers, to keep the monster she believes she is within. But when the boy she almost killed returns, by his side she begins to seek a cure for her curse; a cure that sends her to the city's magic smothered underbelly.

Yet in a world ravaged by war, every want is chained in iron. And desires come at the price of blood.


Where did you get the idea for your story?  What came to you first: your theme, character, premise, setting, etc?

The story is honestly a product of me combining three separate ideas, because I liked all of them, but didn't have the patience to write each individually. So "Retelling of King Midas" + "Mercenary" + "Civil war" = Golden Revenge!

What have you done to get experience for your story (like watching knitting YouTube videos)?  What did you put into the book because it’s something you know about (like if you’re a martial artist, and put that in)?

Since this is a later draft I haven't done a whole lot of research recently, but last week I did watch a short documentary on traditional Turkish food to get inspiration for my own food cultures! The only personal knowledge I've put into it is emotions and feelings, like how you can feel isolated and vulnerable in another culture.

What made you decide to write this particular book for NaNoWriMo?

I was on an editing roll and didn't want to stop!

Do you research before, after, or during your first draft writing process? Have you done any research for this particular book? How do you usually research?

Most of research consists of studying a particular culture (or several) before taking elements and adjusting them to fit with my story world. For Golden Revenge, I spent a lot of time getting a 'feel' for Turkish and Bulgarian food, and finding the right names for my characters that would reflect those cultures. My research project usually consists of browsing the web, nothing too remarkable.



Do you plot or plan your book in any way before you start writing? What methods do you usually use and what did you do this time?

I usually do a mix of plotting and pantsing. For this draft I had a clear idea of the direction I wanted to take the rewritten POVs, and an ending, but the middle parts I discover along the way. My 'planning' sessions resemble brain dumps, and always have. Organisation and my writing are not friends!

Do you hand write or type your first draft?

Type! I can't write very fast.

Do you have a brainstorming buddy and if you do, who was it this time and how did they help?

My brainstorming buddy was my lovely critique partner Hannah, who always provides the right mix between fangirling and thoughtfulness. <3

How did you come up with your characters’ names?

Research! I look up lists of names from cultures that my worlds are based off of; for example, Taylan, Koray, and Feriha are all of Turkish origin.

Do you know what your story's theme is? If you do, how did you find it, and if you don't, how do you plan to find it?

I have some general ideas of the theme, but since I'm currently reworking my character arcs, they could see some alterations in the future. So far they appear to be that peace is found in life, not death, and that loneliness doesn't heal hurt.

Check out the other partiticpants' blogs!



Tell me about your WIP! What's it about, and how do you conduct research for it? Are you joining NaNo? If so, how are you doing?
Have a wonderful day! <3

Comments

  1. Ooh, I love the idea of a Turkish-based fantasy world! I don't think I can remember seeing that before.

    Eleanor | On the Other Side of Reality

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  2. This sounds BEYOND AMAZING. Her hands trapped??? I really want to read. You have me hooked. Also, in my NaNo novel I have a character named Taylon (spelled differently I know) but she's a side character and a woman (seamstress).

    keturahskorner.blogspot.com

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    1. Awww thank you so much, you made my day! :) Oh nice! We seem to have the same taste in names, hehe. xD

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  3. I love the title and the sound of the story!

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  4. yesss I get to hear more about the new, improved Golden Revenge!!

    (also for everyone else: if you were wondering, Melissa's food research really paid off - she's got some amazing details in there ;)
    - Jem Jones

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    1. I really hope it's the improved version, haha! ;) I've made a lot of changes so hopefully they're okay. Aw thank you, I'm glad you think so. <3

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  5. Oh my goodness, THIS BOOK SOUNDS AMAZING!!!! And Turkish-based! (I’m beginning to notice the startling lack of Turkish-based fantasy worlds....)

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    1. Ahhh thanks Nicole!!! :D That's so sweet of you. I haven't found many, so I hope the elements of Turkey I've brought in represent the country well. :)

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  6. Melissa, I was just thinking the other day how Golden Revenge is one of my favorite books that I have read this year! I can't wait to read the final draft!!!

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    1. Aw thanks so much, you made me tear up. <3 I'm so happy you loved the story, and I hope you love my final draft just as much!!

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  7. Ahhhh, GOLDEN REVENGE!!!!! *is nostalgic* How did I not know the world is Turkish-based...?That's so cool!

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    1. It's been quite a while, hasn't it? xD Hehe it's fine, I've mostly drawn loosely on Turkish architecture and food in my stories, so it's not very obvious. :)

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  8. That's cool that you researched food! Did you try any recipes out to see what they were like? :) Keep up the good work!
    -Brooklyne

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    1. Haha unfortunately not, I'm definitely not that skilled at cooking! xD Thanks Brooklyne!

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  9. Yay!!! More stuff on Golden Revenge!

    I research a lot of cultural stuff for my stories too - I love how you're using Turkish elements (seriously, the Eastern countries don't get enough representation in novels....)

    Catherine

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    1. Yay, I'm so glad you like hearing about it! :D Thank you!

      They definitely don't! I've always had a love for the Mediterranean cultures and lands, so I enjoy basing my worlds off of theirs. :)

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  10. Ohhh!! Christine Smith is also doing a Midas retelling. Can't wait to see both of these together on a shelf!! And I LOVE how you can take the same old tale and make two completely different stories with completely different spins!!!

    IM SO HUNGRY THAT PICTURE IS NOT HELPING Food is very important for writing. Gotta make sure the characters are eating, and gotta know what they're eating...

    Thanks for joining us this time around!!

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  11. I didn’t know about the Turkish influence on your story! That’s so cool! What’s the dish called that you have pictured?

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