hahaha I thought I was gonna revise Lighter Places in April. That has not happened, alas (though I guess April isn’t all over yet and I have holiday rn so we’ll see). However I do have a good idea of how to change the plot to make it way way less cliched and therefore much much better so, in honour of that I’m joining in with Beautiful People. And it’s the last Beautiful People, unfortunately.Beautiful is hosted by Cait, of Paper Fury and Sky, of Further Up and Further in.
So first: what is Lighter Places? I’m not one of those people who keeps quiet about my writing (though I still get annoyed with my mum when she adds our blog to the family newsletter, why) (second parentheses: in fact if you flip back a few weeks (in real time, not on this blog) you might find my slightly tipsy self sitting on a couch and telling a boy I’d just met about my novels and how great they are though they’re only first drafts, lol. he was very enthusiastic. don’t bother shipping, I don’t date capitalists) ANYWAY Lighter Places is a novel about knowing that your days at home are numbered, and the agony of indecision and the choice betweeen following your dreams and acting selflessly for the world. It’s gonna be quite good, if I ever revise it.
- Favourite genre to write in?
I feel like my answer to this is always changing, but either fantasy or contemporary, probably.
- What book (a real actual published book!) do you think your character would benefit from reading?
Elaine would definitely benefit from Radio Silence by Alice Oseman (because of those final years of high school feels) and Dramatically Ever After (because she has to put up with dramatic theatre people all the time) and A Brief History of Montmaray (so she could learn more about the UK and also because everyone benefits from having A Brief History of MOntmaray in their life.)
- Favourite piece of dialogue you’ve written?
“Can I borrow your trousers?” this is hilarious out of context, and in context, and the best part is that it is based on an Actual Thing that Happened to Me.
- What did your character want to be when they grew up, and what did they actually become?
Elaine wants to be a lighting designer for West End shows, but she also wants to serve people, working for an NGO or through social work or something, and I’m not going to tell you what really happens.
- Favourite character name(s)?
I really like Elaine’s name! It is very appropriate because it means light in old English or something. Her name was orginally Elissa but it changed because reasons.
- What makes your character feel loved, and who was the last person to make them feel that way?
Knowing that she is needed, that she is the only one who can do a particular job, and is therefore absolutely in the right place. It was probably her theatre director, Mrs. Yang, or maybe her friend Selene.
- Favourite character you’ve ever written?
I don’t know, gosh. I think Elaine might be my favourite character one day, when I’ve revised the story and she’s more complex.
- If your character were permanently leaving town, what would they easily throw out? What would they refuse to part with? (Why?)
Elaine would abandon her clothes without a second thought because she’s not that attached to them, and she would treasure her laptop because that has been the place where she’s imagined her future a thousand times.
- Favourite tropes to write!
Is ‘indecisive about the last year of high school’ a trope? no? okay then, overenthusiastic, nosy, and full-of-gossip high school newspaper editors.
- Which story has your heart and won’t let go?
Whichever one I’m currently writing. Actually I’m currently writing a short-story-that-is-maybe-a-novella-because-I-have-no-clue-what-the-plot-will-be about refugees from the future who have got to the present via time travel and I think it’s going to be great. And I do love Lighter Places a lot and the same goes for Skies Contained (just had a major panic because I forgot where I’d saved it aaaaaa)
- Favourite relationship between characters you’ve written?
I love the relationship between Pelican and Asli in Entreaty, though it needs further development because I suck and I need help.
- Toni Morrison once said, “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” What are the books that you want to see more of, and what “holes” do you think need filling in the literary world?
more books with newspaper and news! I love writing news and I currently do lotsssss of it for my uni magazine and I just love it in stories. Also more books (especially contemporary) featuring places in Asia/the Pacific/South America where the characters are actually FROM that place.
- Favourite pinterest board / aesthetic for a book?
I don’t really use these, lol.
- Favourite time periods & settings to work with?
Mountains, the modern day and the near future. (Idk I feel like I haven’t written enough to generalise? I write a lot of different stuff in different places, especially if you count short stories)
- When people are done reading your book, what feeling do you want them to come away with?
Surprisingly satisfied, a little edgy, and decidedly hopeful.
So do you do creative writing? what kind? what’s a creative project you really care about? tell me in the comments!