Okay… here we go. If you are wondering about the title, I don’t want to get into it again. Check out my post from yesterday (or click here)
First, Thanks to Roger Colby at Writing is Hard Work for forcing me to do this giving me this opportunity. Roger’s novel “This Broken Earth (The U.S. Of After)” is available now. Please check it out.
Without further ado… Here is the Work In Progress Challenge.
1. What is the Title of you Work In Progress?
Oh yay! That’s an easy one. Well, Maybe not. The novel I am polishing up right now it is tentatively called Fire in the Woods. But I am also considering “115 Degrees of Perfect” I could explain either title, but if I did, I’d have to kill ya, ‘cause it’s top secret stuff at the moment.
2. Where did the idea for the WIP come from?
Oddly enough, I got this idea over a weekend while considering another project. Jenny Keller Ford cued me in on an anthology. At the time, all she knew was it needed to be a HEA or HFN (Happily ever after, or Happy for Now) and under 10,000 words. My brain stewed on this over the weekend, and what I came up with was the premise of Fire in the Woods.
However, I was unable to use it because when I actually saw the writing prompt (it was a picture of a woman in red standing in the snow) it just wasn’t a fit (Which is okay, because Last Winter Red, the story I did write to fit that picture – is being published)
Anyway… This original idea was squiggling and poking me for a few months until I had to write it or give up my sanity. I’m glad I didn’t try to write this in 10,000 words, though. The story is too complex.
3. What Genre would your WIP fall under?
Hmmm. This could be a tough question. I want to say Sci-Fi, but when people think of Sci-Fi they drum up images of Star Trek and Star Wars. That’s not what this really is.
I think it is really more like a Contemporary Urban Fantasy. It takes place in present-day New Jersey (in the USA) The main character is a seventeen year old girl, who gets taken on a roller coaster ride when she meets a mysterious boy in the woods.
4. Which actors would you choose to play characters in a movie rendition?
This is a question that I usually try to avoid. One reason is that I do watch movies, but I don’t pay attention to actors/actresses names as much as I used to. In this case, though, I can answer it for at least one character. The character of David could definitely be played by Taylor Lautner. Jess and Maggie (two characters) actually mention how much he looks like Taylor.
Maggie is a bouncy haired-pretty blonde eighteen year old. Anyone want to fill in the blanks?
Jess, the main character, is a little conservative, but I purposely gave her the “any girl” appeal. The reason is, that Fire in the Woods is written in first person (that means she refers to herself as “I”) Since I was using this POV, I wanted anyone reading to be able to fit themselves in her shoes. So, in answer to this question… she would have to be a no-name actress so people could look at the screen and see “anonymous”. This would help keep them in the story as the “I” character (Did that even remotely make sense?)
5. What is a one-sentence synopsis of your WIP?
ERGHHH. Admitting to skipping this and coming back to it later.
Okay, I’m back. One sentence, huh? ERGH! I hate things like this, but everyone really should do this. You need to be able to spit out your plot in one sentence if anyone asks you in passing. Especially for that random publisher you might meet in line at the grocery store – Don’t laugh… it does happen. Why not be ready?
Okay, yes, I’m stalling. **sigh** okay, here we go…
Fire in the Woods is about a teenage girl who meets a boy in the woods, and ends up on a roller coaster ride chase across New Jersey to save the boy, and ultimately, the world.
Hey! That actually sounded pretty good. Yay for me!
At this point, I am going to stop because I know that I frequently don’t have time to read really long posts. So in honor of your time, I will finish this up tomorrow, when I’ll answer some really odd questions. And maybe you can help me with a few. ???
Until then …
- Work in Progress Challenge (juliecatherinevigna.wordpress.com)
- Work In Progress Challenge (shannonhowell.wordpress.com)
- Work In Progress Challenge (writingishardwork.com)
- WIP is Slowly Eating its Way Out of Me (chortleatmygirth.com)
- WIP: The Next Big Thing, Blog Hop (alifeamongthepages.wordpress.com)
- Work In Progress Challenge (joshmosey.wordpress.com)
- Work In Progress Challenge (wo3lf.wordpress.com)
- Tag, I’m it (anjalienjeti.com)
- A Scream In The Woods (petedenton.wordpress.com)
- A Day in the Writing Life of … Maggie Mundy (romanceaustralia.wordpress.com)
Sounds very intriguing!
Sounds good Jen! 🙂
Thanks so much!
I have trouble with ‘genre’ but hey, sometimes you have to go outside the box. I LIKE Contemporary Urban Fantasy.
Sounds pretty cool huh?
Whatever the genre, it sounds interesting. 🙂
I like the way you classified your WIP – Contemporary Urban Fantasy – Wonderful! Even though I hate pigeon-holing things, I do like this! 🙂
The problem is you have to. Publishers ask you to include it in your query letter. It’s not always cut and dry.
Another great ‘category’ is ‘Speculative Fiction’. That can cover anything remotely SF or Fantasy that doesn’t really fit in either category. 🙂
I never really understood what speculative fiction meant.
It is an ‘umbrella term’ according to Wikipedia that includes things like alternate histories, horror, weird fiction, supernatural fiction, superhero fiction, dystopian/utopian/apocalyptic fiction, as well as fantasy and science fiction. 🙂
Ha! I looked it up too when you mentioned it 🙂
When I see the word genre, I see a timber cabinet of square compartments each with their own label – pigeon holes. There’s no room to make another compartment. Which, of course, is garbage. Get out some more timber and nail up another box! Contemporary Urban Fantasy is here! 🙂
Contemporary Urban Fantasy – I like that!! I’ve been struggling with the same mis-apprehension; when I tell people the synopsis of my story the response is generally: “Oh, so it’s sci-fi.” Which it absolutely isn’t. Any time a novel revolves around out-of-the-ordinary events in a normal life, it tends to get badged sci-fi. From now on, I have a riposte! “No,” I shall proudly proclaim, “it’s a Contemporary Urban Fantasy.” Thank you 🙂
Isn’t it a pest? I really don’t like to read straight Sci Fi. It’s definitely different from what I’m doing. I don’t want to be in that mold. I don’t belong there.
By the end of this, and the blog tours, we’re going to know more about you than you know about yourself!
Yikes. But then again… Maybe you can do the interviews for me then 🙂