Hey guys! I swiped this tag from Joni and modified it to fit one of my current WIPs, a short story retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses. I’ve been thinking of posting it on Figment once it’s done, but for now I thought it would be cool to share a few bits of the process.
How many words are you up to so far? How long is your story going to be?
The first draft is 3,024 words long. It’ll probably get a little longer once I flesh things out in the second draft.
What (if any) are some images you’re drawing inspiration from for your story?
I love the whole rococo/baroque type look, plus traditional fairy tale illustrations:
Not usually for short stories.
Do you have any other writing rituals/inspirations for this project?
Well, I wrote all but the first paragraph and the last two pages of the first draft in one day. I wrote the first paragraph at something like 12:30 the night before.
I’ve had this idea in my head for a long time—almost a year, I think. Very early on I knew the title and the last sentence, but it wasn’t until a couple of days ago that the plot finally started to come together. So you could say that the idea of finally being able to day, “I did it!” was a big motivator for me.
Pantsing or planning?
Share one prop from your draft:
A turnip-headed doll.
One character name:
And lastly, share one sentence from your rough draft:
When he asks where they've been going, Noble says, “Under the floor.”
All pictures via Pinterest