Finding the Voice and Mood

Life has been crazy lately. Between loads of work to do, unavoidable tragedies taking place, and just a general awful feeling in the world, diving into this book has been an excellent escape for me. Though escape isn’t quite the right word because Dahlia’s story is quite grim. Her problems are ones I can control and solve though. Or, you know, ones she can solve.

Speaking of, Dahlia is quickly fleshing out to become the survivor, lover, diplomat, sister, daughter, prisoner, and rebel that I always hoped she would be. Her voice has been easier to find than many protagonists I’ve written before. I think this story and the environment of Carra really taps into the mood of the world lately, for better or worse.

Project: The Seeking

Each Seeking, the magic that protects the town of Carra must be renewed, which means the children of the High Family must go into hiding. Whether it be through disguise or bribe, through trusted friends or perfect hiding places, every child of the Priest family must avoid capture for the full day.

When things go wrong with the renewal, it’s up to seventeen-year-old Dahlia, the middle child of the Priest family, and her girlfriend, Bisa, to escape Carra and find the magical beings responsible for the protection. They must learn who would require such a cruel game to be played every year and if the protection of the Gray People is really worth such a deadly cost. What they will discover is far worse.

THE SEEKING is a YA dark fantasy novel

Current Word Count: 6,906

New Words Written:
9/22 – 1,213

Progress:
The tension rises as the day comes to a close. Dahlia rescues someone she doesn’t expect. The smell of apple pie is everywhere. And finally, the dinner table is ready.

Next Up:
The High Family, an important discussion, and hope for the future.

Commentary:
The story took a turn I didn’t expect it to, and I let it lead me wherever it wanted. I got inspiration on what could happen with a particular person and ran with it. I had more fun describing High House than I expected too. Carra seems so peaceful at first glance. I also had to start writing down family trees because this is a small town and family relationships can be complex. I’ll probably plan to include them as an appendix.

2 thoughts on “Finding the Voice and Mood

  1. You’re totally psyching me up! I can’t wait to read this book!!!! I love listening to authors talk about how their stories lead them in writing the book. The characters and story take on a life of their own. I find that so fascinating!! I try my hand at writing and ever year I attempt NaNoWrMo…even though I never make it…but I never come near experiencing anything like that. That’s incredible and I can only imagine how it must feel.

    • Thank you so much, I’m glad you’re enjoying these posts! I got inspired to do little updates about my writing from Cherie Priest who does them regularly on her blog. It’s also nice cause I get to see the progress of my own story just by going back and looking over the tags.

      I used to do one or two NaNos a year, but have gotten out of it since I tend to write year-round now. I still try to participate in at least one each year though, even if it’s with a smaller word count or with edits instead of writing.

      It’s taken me a while to get a grasp on how to build story and structure and characters properly, but I think now I’m finally getting the hang of it! 😂❤️

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