Thursday, April 07, 2016

BOOK WRITING #1: My Work In Progress & Excerpt

Hello there!

In this post, I am going to be introducing you guys to my current work in progress (one in hundreds that I've started and discarded).

I have been writing for a really long time, and by that I mean for five or so years. I didn't always write, especially when I was younger, because to be honest, I was never any good in English. I wanted to create my own world, my own story, but I was always disappointed with my work because of the fact that half of it never made any sense. 

But hey, nevertheless, I beat my goal of writing 10k words (but buzzed right down to 5k right now, but I'll get to that later) for my newest book, and I am proud to say, I am very happy with myself.

So for the past two or so years, I've been wanting to write this particular book that has been in my head for a really long time, but never had the story and character inspiration to actually write it. So I spent the first of the two years reading many many books, and got inspired by many authors. But then in the second year, I just stopped reading. Completely. I also stopped blogging as well as booktubing, and spent that year watching movies, tv shows, youtubers, all of that fun stuff (I had to go to school as well but yknow). 

So technically, I had this one year hiatus from everything that got to do with books. And I have to say, although I missed a lot of new releases and the fun hype of the book community, I found so much inspiration that year. 

Most of the time I was being lazy and lying in bed, I was dreaming. Day dreaming, night dreaming, whatever you wanted to call it. I dreamt about my characters, my storyline, my plot twists, my everything. And all of the sudden, I just had to get it down on paper. And so I did.

And from there, I now welcome you to the birth of my current work in progress:

Thick Skin

Thick Skin is a new adult contemporary romance telling the story of a girl addicted to drugs, a boy consumed by his anger and their dependency on the fulfilment of lost love.

I started the first draft about two months ago, and wrote 10k words in three nonconsecutive days. I had breaks in between, but 10k words is the most I have ever written for any of my other previous books. I used to have the tendency to write four or so chapters and then give up because I had no more inspiration and was stuck behind a writer's block. But with the first draft of Thick Skin, I broke through.

Now, despite writing those 10k words, I actually scrapped it and rewrote it. Shame right? Haha. 

You know those times when you write and read over it to see if it made any sense and followed any sort of plot line? Well that first draft of 10k words? It didn't make any sense. You can laugh if you want. I was laughing my butt off just reading over it.

But anyway, so I rewrote it all, and currently, I am at 5k+ words. It's half till 10k, so I'm still happy. Plus, the story now has a much better plot line and much better character depth. I switched things up a little bit, made things more heavy, more light, more everything, basically.

And right now, I am in love with my story.

So that's all I'm going to say about my current work in progress. I wanted to share something with you guys because why not? It makes me feel better about my book, and it makes me more confident in my writing knowing that I've shared something very important to me, personally.

I haven't said much about my book except for its main blurb (which is a bit vague, I know). So I am going to link my Pinterest board for Thick Skin here, so you could see some of the photos that link to my book and create inspiration. I pin things on there regularly, so a lot of things might change over time, but here you are:

That's a little snippet of the board :)

But anyway, let's get to the good bit!

Right now, in this post, I am going to give you a little excerpt of my book. You hear? You get to see a little bit of my writing! Yay!!

I can't copy and paste things here because of copyright reasons as well as the fact that it would be way too long for the post, so just click on this link beneath to read the excerpt! Also, please note that this is just an excerpt of a not-yet-finished first draft, meaning it has not been fully edited and proof read so there may be grammatical errors somewhere. But hey, I just wanted to share something with you guys so here it is! 

I hope you enjoy it and let me know your thoughts and feelings because it would be amazing to get feedback. Follow my pinterest board if you'd like to have a feel of what my book may contain and thank you for reading this post and the excerpt itself.

I love you guys!

June Luu

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