Milestones Write Tag

It’s the second day of NaNoWriMo and I have been writing, writing, writing. I’m trying my hardest to get as ahead as I can (because I know there’ll be days where I write little to nothing at all) and I figured the best way to introduce my WIP was to take part in one of Kat’s Write tags. I was tagged by Kat at Life and Other Disasters, who also created this tag, and Sophie at Sophie’s Corner. Thank you both so much for the tag, I had a lot of fun with this one so I hope you enjoy reading my answers just as much.

Milestones Write Tag

Rules:

  • Thank the person who tagged you but also link back to the original post! (I want to see all your lovely answers, people!)
  • Provide a short description of your WIP/story!

My WIP for NaNoWriMo this year is the same project I had last year but with a few key changes. I’ve replaced some old characters, added some new ones, and changed a few minor (major) plot points.

Aria was murdered ten years ago, and now she’s been brought back from the dead she wants vengeance for her fellow demigods killed alongside her. With no memories of her past she doesn’t know who to trust. Elias, the brother she no longer knows? Zeva, a fellow demigod seeking eternal power? Rin, a thief seeking forgiveness? Rhian, a pirate seeking peace. Only one thing’s for sure; Aria’s return signals a new era, and everyone is out for themselves.

  • Don’t use just one character for all answers if possible! (We want to get to know as many of your characters as possible)

Can your Main Character (MC) remember their first day of school? Who was with them?

When Aria comes back from the dead she has very few memories of her life before, but even if that wasn’t the case I don’t think she’d be able to remember her first day of school. One thing she would know is that Elias would have been by her side. Part of the joy of having a twin brother is knowing you’ll always have someone by your side for all of life’s milestones.

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Which one of your characters would be the first to buy a house or property? (Because that’s part of adulting??)

Rhian

She’s very independent and values her privacy; I think Rhian would chafe living in her parents’ home for too long once she was old enough to head out on her own. She wants to make her own way in the world, set her own rules as to how she lives and uncover her own path without someone watching over her shoulder or worrying about her.


Does someone in your WIP own a pet?

There are going to be animals in my WIP, whether they can be classed as ‘pets’ is another questions all together. Because Death Born focuses on Aria and Elias, who are the children of the God of Death, the animals I include are going to be ones associated with death; hellhounds who act as guard dogs (think Cerebus guarding Hades), and ravens and owls who act as harbingers and messengers.

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What was your MCs first job and how did they feel about it?

Zeva

Rhian may have grown up working on her aunt’s ship but Zeva would be the first to find a job and not just take on something she’d been trained for since she could walk. She would have apprenticed somewhere first, found a position that gave her easy access to the people in her town but which would have allowed her to move up to better roles very quickly.


Does your MC or another character want kids?

Aria loves children and loves her family, but she doesn’t see kids in her future for a couple of reasons. She’s all too aware of the horrors the world contains, even for those who are innocent, and she knows any children she one day had would never be safe. Also because she was brought back from the dead she isn’t sure if she’d even be able to have children.


Name a song that reminds one of your characters of heartbreak in their life!

Elias

Despite the fact that he still loves Solon Elias has been broken by the choices and sacrifices the other boy made. Elias’s breakup song would either be New Rules by Dua Lipa, something to remind him that he’s better off far away from Solon if he’s ever going to move on, or Heavy by Anne-Marie, because their relationship was supposed to be easy but it ended up being anything but that.

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Has one of your characters lost someone close to them? How did they deal with it?

Rhian

Every character has lost someone but one death that changed things for Rhian, and shapes her journey in Death Born, was the death of her older half-sister Maren. Rhian was raised by her aunt and Maren was raised by their father so they weren’t especially close growing up, but Maren’s death still hit Rhian really hard. She closed herself off from everyone, and pushed what happened so far down that she refuses to even think about Maren or acknowledge what happened to her.


What is an achievement your MC is proud of?

Solon

Even after everything he lost to take it Solon is proud that he was able to wrestle control of his father’s domain away from him. Solon’s people respect him, and in turn Solon dedicates himself to keeping them safe. Even when it means he has to put his own hopes and dreams on hold, even when he has to sacrifice the one he loves, duty will always come first for Solon.


Bonus: Make an aesthetic for a special or memorable day in one of your character’s lives! (It’s up to you if you want to explain it or not!)

Rhian

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When Rhian discovered her sister had been killed she broke away from her old live, cutting off all contact with her aunt who raised her and setting off on her own path. It was also then that she met Elias and Davillir and her real adventures began.

She never looked back.


I’m not going to tag anyone in the Milestones Write Tag because I don’t know any other writers who haven’t already been tagged. So instead tell me a little bit about your WIP, if you have one, and tell me about your characters.

Does your main character remember their first day of school and who was with them, and are there any adorable pets in your WIP? Also are you taking part in NaNoWriMo this year? How have you found the first two days of November? And if there’s anyone out there who wants to take part consider yourself tagged.

28 thoughts on “Milestones Write Tag

  1. Hi Beth!
    I am so glad to read about your WIP!! Your characters sound so interesting, and I can tell that you’ve spent a lot of time and effort fleshing out their personalities and back stories. (I think I mentioned in a previous comment today that there is still time to switch WIPs. Scratch that!!! You should absolutely continue this one because it sounds awesome!!!! :D)
    Based on your post here, my favourite character would have to be Rhian. She seems so cool! I am curious about her past, how she will interact with the other characters, and how her character will develop going forward.
    Lovely aesthetics 🙂 How have the last few days of Nano been?

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    1. Oh I’m glad to hear that! 😀 Well I’ve been working on this WIP long enough (over a year on and off since last year’s NaNo actually) so I’ve had a lot of time to work on my characters. Ha, yeah you did mention that in a previous comment but don’t worry, there’ll be no switching of WIPs now NaNo has started! 😀
      Rhian is definitely one of my favourite characters, I’ve actually skipped ahead a little writing my WIP out of order so I can write her introduction sooner! 😀
      Thanks so much, and yeah not too bad, I think I’m back on track now. How’s it been for you?

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      1. Woohoo!!!! I am really looking forward for you to finish this WIP so we can hear more about it haha 🙂 ❤
        Glad to hear that Rhian is getting a bit more attention haha 🙂 I haven't skipped ahead in my writing yet (or ever!) but maybe I should try it and see how it goes.
        Glad to hear that writing is going well! Monday and Tuesday were tough for me. I felt like I was literally squeezing words out one by one haha. But today was better since I feel like I am able to get into the head of my current POV character more 🙂

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      2. I feel like it’s easy for me to write my favourite characters than any others, but they’re all my favourites in one way or another. I always skip ahead in my writing. I tend to write small scenes and then piece them all together at the end. It works because I’m kind of a mood writer (if that makes sense).
        Oh I’m glad today’s better. Yeah there are always ups and downs when it comes to writing, I think especially in November you’ve just gotta keep on writing! 😀

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      3. Ah! A mood writer! I like that 🙂 If there is such a thing as mood readers, then there must be mood writers too. Maybe mood readers are more likely to be mood writers? 😀 That’s pretty cool that you write small scenes and piece them together. One day I should give that a try as well (still need to work up the courage haha!)
        I think I can be a mood writer sometimes, especially when I go with my gut and ignore my outline lol 🙂
        Do you write on your laptop or do you write by hand? I am curious because I’ve seen people writing in their notebooks, which I haven’t done in a long time 🙂

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      4. It applies, because yeah if there is such a thing as mood readers then of course there are mood writers. 😀 My WIP ends up being one gigantic puzzle, sometimes I do need to write more to actually piece the scenes together but it means I’m always inspired to write because I’m always writing what I’m most inspired to.
        Definitely my laptop. I did try the writing by hand thing but my handwriting was too scruffy to read and I’d have to re-write it out on my laptop after which was just double the work you know?

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      5. That’s awesome!! Hmm I should give your method of writing a try. The next time I feel stuck on a scene, maybe I will try skipping ahead 🙂
        Yeah I know what you mean about handwriting! I decided to give it a try this weekend. Interestingly I think I write faster by hand (maybe less distractions?) but the transcribing process slows things down and I feel the urge to edit as I go along haha. However I do like that I’m not as focused on checking my word count every other second. I think I might continue handwriting for a while and see how it goes!

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      6. It’s what works for me, I can get so many more words out when I’m writing what I want rather than when I’m struggling through a scene because it’s the next I need to write you know?
        Well I know I don’t write faster by hand, and yeah the transcribing thing always just added more time. In the end it wasn’t worth it for me but I’m glad it’s working for you. 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much Lashaan. 🙂 Yeah the only challenge is going to be finding the time to write all their stories. I feel like my WIP is going to end up being really long just because there’s so much I have to write but it’s going to be fun (at the moment Rin is actually my favourite character to write as well)
      Thanks so much! 😀 ❤

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  2. Lovely answers for this tag, Beth, and I’m happy to hear you’ve been writing loads for NaNoWriMo already, yay! 🙂
    I can’t believe you haven’t talked more about that incredible WIP of yours on your blog, after everything I’ve read here, I just NEED TO KNOW more, this sounds fantastic and so, so intriguing, too. I absolutely love all of your aesthetics! ❤
    Happy writing!! ❤

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    1. Thanks so much. Yep, now November has started I’ve started writing and even plotting another WIP I want to get started on at some point. 😀
      I’ve been saving it all up for November, but now November is here and I’m actually writing I’ll be talking more about it for sure. I’m glad you like the sound of it, and thanks so much Marie! 🙂 ❤ ❤

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    1. Yes, I find I can learn so much more about my characters just taking part in one tag like this than I can anything else. The questions don’t always apply to my plot but they always give me new insights into my characters. 🙂
      Thanks so much, and yes intense is probably a good way to describe my WIP, and how November in general will probably go for me. 🙂 ❤️

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  3. I love that I finally get to read your answers to my tag!!! Also, you’ve been hiding your majorly cool WIP from us for far too long, because I NEED to read this one day. I love any (demi-)gods related stories to begin with and a little savagery and death just entices me all the more. I hope you’ll keep sharing more as you progress in the story 😀 also, A+ choice of visuals!

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    1. Yep, it took me long enough but hopefully the wait was worth it. 🙂 Oh thanks for saying that, I’m glad you like the sound of my WIP, the good thing is now we’re in November and I’m actually writing it I’ll be posting a lot more about it. Well there’s plenty of magic and savagery is my story for sure, so I think you’ll be enticed.
      Thanks so much. 🙂 ❤️

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