On Twitter, @writer_gem frequently posts interesting writing-related questions that I rarely find the time to answer. A while back she tweeted a positivity thread about WIP which I couldn’t stop thinking about — below are my answers about Darksight. Let me know yours!
1. What are your three favourite things about your MC(s)?
Maeve is both vulnerable and strong: she’s no superhero, but she confronts problems head-on. She’s determined, which gets her into all sorts of trouble but adds to the fun. And unlike novels were being supernatural is over-glamorised, Maeve desperately wants to be normal, and I respect her for that.
Lewis is loyal to his ideals, fighting for what he believes in. He’s an enigma; every time I write about him I discover something new. And he’s just generally badass, although I won’t say why. :-)
2. What are your three favourite things about the premise of your WIP?
Darksight is set in contemporary London; this is the first novel I’m writing set in my home, and it’s fun to explore the places I know through the eyes of a story. I also like the range of issues it’s trying to explore, including religion, racism, broken families, financial difficulties, and my favourite problem: love. Lastly, I love that there are so many more stories to tell in this universe — I have to fight to keep myself from getting distracted!
3. Ctrl + F these words in your WIP and post your favourite sentences (can be any variation of these words): Power, fire, tree, fresh, love
I’m surprised all five words existed in my WIP!
Kay sensed it immediately, tasting the word’s power, its secrets.
The creature opened its mouth as if to inhale the boy’s strangled scream, and the carriage was all of a sudden brighter, illuminated by the fire in its throat.
The wind was rising, the trees tall specters against the sky.
The wooden surface was freshly scrubbed, and for once didn’t smell of cigarettes.
When she left, I became a priest, because I knew I would never love again.
4. Pick 1-3 things that are really unique about your WIP.
This was a lot harder than I thought it would be, perhaps because I’m too close to the work to know. So:
- Maeve, the protagonist, has a visual impairment that plays a prominent role in the story.
- How demons are born/created, and more generally the depiction of Heaven and Hell, is very untraditional.
- I’m writing it! There’s only one of me in the world after all. :-)
5. Do you have any visual art that represents your WIP?
Yes: check out the trailer video and placeholder cover on this page.
6. What is a line of dialogue by one of your characters that perfectly illustrates their personality?
“When I look at him,” Lewis said, “I see the only man willing to do whatever it takes to fight against evil. Why would I side with anyone else?”
7. What would Young You think if someone put the finished version of this WIP in their hands?
I hope that Young Me would want to read it, and want to write something like it. There are so many books from my childhood that inspired me to write, and I hope this would rank amongst them.
If I knew it was by me? Young Me would realise that slogging through writing all those terrible stories would eventually pay off. (In fact, I wish I could see the writing of Future Me, to encourage me to keep at it when I hit a wall.)
8. What are the ways in which your WIP is feminist/intersectional/generally progressive and badass?
I didn’t actively go about trying to make my WIP progressive, so thinking about this question really surprised me.
- The heroine is part of an all-female non-traditional family unit. Her mother and grandmother are fierce and independent.
- A few characters challenge the role of women in existing organised religion, and how women are unable to progress past a certain rank.
- Female demon hunters. Nuff said.
- The protagonist is mixed race, living in a multicultural society where there are growing racial tensions.
What about you? Tell me about your WIP.