Today I'm in the mood to talk a bit about my current work in progress. I keep saying that I'm an aspiring author, so I guess I should start proving it, right?
I've been writing a YA paranormal romance novel since last September. The idea came to me in February, though. Back then, I was still in Law school, struggling to keep my head above water. My friends, who are ALL brainiacs, were doing just fine in their classes. One friend in particular sparked my interest for... Um... Let's just call them "extracurricular activities"...
She was dating a boy. A douchebag, to be exact. A very annoying and rude douchebag. No need to go into details. I will only say that he broke her heart, and she felt like she would never get over him.
So I listened. I let her spill her guts out and cry on my shoulder. And as she did, Lexie was born.
Who is Lexie, you ask? She's the main character of my manuscript. Her story starts with the unexpected breakup of the love of her life. On her birthday (major ouch, right?). The "who is my MC?" aspect of the story unfolded pretty quickly: Lexie was a girl who loved her boyfriend, and thought she was destined to be with him forever.
Pretty cliche, I know. But then I stopped seeing Lexie as this girl who just loved a boy. I took a good look at my Law school friend and found what I can only describe as awesomeness: she's selfless, unpretentious, giving, open-minded, wise beyond her years, and unbelievably smart.
Also, she can throw a mean punch. Just saying.
Soon enough, I started making Lexie all the things my real friend is. The paranormal elements of her story took a while for me to figure out, but I'll get to those in another post. For now, all you need to know is that my MC is based on awesomeness. I'm not saying that I've created an awesome character, just that she's the carbon copy of someone who is. That's why I've taken my time with her and her story. I don't want to let anyone down, you know?
So there you go. My WIP is about a girl who's based on another girl who's awesome.
And that alone makes my story special. At least, to me.