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.
- 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.
Which one of your characters would be the first to buy a house or property? (Because that’s part of adulting??)
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.
What was your MCs first job and how did they feel about it?
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!
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.
Has one of your characters lost someone close to them? How did they deal with it?
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?
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!)
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.