Like a Virgin

Like a Virgin is a query competition.  I submitted at the start of April.

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Starting April 18, Like  a Virgin is hosting a blog hop that accompanies the competition, and the theme is firsts.

1. How do you remember your first kiss?
2. What was your first favorite love song?
3. What’s the first thing you do when you begin writing for the day?
4. Who’s the first writer who truly inspired you to become a writer?
5. Did the final revision of your first book have the same first chapter it started with?
6. For your first book, which came first: major characters, plot or setting?
7. What’s the first word you want to roll off the tip of someone’s tongue when they think of your writing?

1. My first kiss? Well, I don’t remember. I guess you could say I came from a kissing family. Kisses just happened. I remember kissing my little neighbor boy before first grade. I didn’t kiss the neighbor I proposed to naked. I kissed my first boyfriend, but I can’t remember anything special about it. In essence, the first kiss was unremarkable.

2. My first favorite love song was an oldies song. I remember marching around the backyard and singing Sunrise Sunset from Fiddler on the Roof back in middle school. I associate it as a love song because I first heard it when a mother sang it at her son’s wedding. My husband and my song is Amazed by Lone Star. So in the realm of important love songs, that one tops the list.

3. When I start writing for the day, I start by re-reading the last thing I wrote from the day before. I think it helps keep the tone of my piece more consistent, and it jogs my memory if I had an idea before I stopped writing.

4. The first writer that truly inspired me was Diana Wayne Jones. I always wrote as a child. I won my first school competition in 1st grade. In third grade, I discovered Diane Wayne Jones and read every book I could find. By fourth grade, I cobbled together my “first” “novel.” I think it was only 100 pages on word perfect, and I’m fairly sure it had no plot. Either way, it was a done deal. I kept writing.

5. The final revision of my current piece (which is the only piece I’ve ever liked enough to revise) has a completely new first chapter. The old chapter one is now chapter two. I have a tendency to write too little versus writing too much.

6. When I started writing this book, I pulled my characters, plot and setting from a list of ideas I keep. The plot started as the same plot I used in a previous attempt. I started writing it, but the feedback was that the piece lacked setting and the character was too immature. So I kept the same plot but pulled a different setting and character from the idea list. The plan centered around using a modern or more realistic setting and working on building small world elements rather than creating a world from scratch. My main character Tiny began after a long day on my feet. I took a hot bath and gave a quick prayer that I wasn’t a troll or a giant because my feet hurt bad enough as it was. So I wrote down a troll with sore feet in my idea list. I pulled her out again for this novel.

7. I don’t know what word I would like to have roll off a person’s tongue when they read Tiny’s story. I know the words I don’t want to roll off their tongue, (horrible, too sparse, remedial, poor setting) but I’d accept the faintest praise.

I’ll be hunting down other Like A Virgin competitors. Here is the Blog Hop list (I hope):

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24 thoughts on “Like a Virgin”

  1. Hi there! Glad to see you hopping along 🙂 Your “kiss” answer reminded me of Kissy Donald who kissed me, and all the other girls in first grade. I suppose he should have been my “first”. Sorry, Donald…

    1. Not that interesting I promise. Pre-Kindergarten, I spent too many months of wearing my Super Woman undershirt and matching panties running around the neighborhood. The three families next to ours sat on the porches in the evening and chatted until sun went down. Us kids ran free, hiding behind houses, ringing doorbells we shouldn’t, eating popsicles that stained our arms and tongues purple. At the end of the street, there was a high school boy. I knew nothing about him, but Renetta’s daughter thought he was “soooo hot.” My older sister had a boyfriend at school, and I guess I was feeling left out. One day, after a bath while Dad tried to chase me down with a towel, I escaped. Nude, dripping wet, and with a parade of embarrassed parents, I caught up to the high school boy and proposed. He never had a chance to reply, but I just knew I would marry him someday. Then we moved. I don’t even remember his name. *sigh

  2. Hi there! Fellow #lv14 entrant here. I do the same thing as you. I always have to re-read what I wrote the previous day. It helps get my thoughts back in line and my brain running on all writing cylinders. 🙂 Best of luck to you!

  3. I enjoyed reading your answer for number 6! Gives me ideas for when I need to come up with ideas for my next piece. Ah, lists are great. Good luck to you!

    1. Thank you. Have fun with your lists. I keep mine in Excel because I love the column feature, but I used to have them in a Word document until I had to bookmark the headers in order to find anything.

  4. Hello Fellow Entrant to #LV14 Nice to meet you. I always have to re-read the previous scenes too. Gets you back in the flow of the story and depending on the chapter, can be fun too. Good luck!

  5. I totally relate to pulling from list of ideas, Louise. I am like a magpie with names, characters traits, embarrassing situations, and bit of dialogue I hear. These come together in surprising ways all the time. Probably the most direct result of collecting is stories from my ever-growing lists of titles. If they stick in my head, they lead to something (eventually).

    1. I envy the bit about titles. I have never chosen a title I enjoy. I honestly hope that if I am ever published, the editor will suggest a new title. 🙂 Titles might be a new list I start.

  6. Hello fellow entrant! Interesting answer to #6– love that you keep an idea list. I’m not sure I’d be able to reattempt a plot with different characters. I usually just trash ideas I can’t make work on the first go, haha. Good luck in the contest!

  7. I love your ideas list. I keep a pocket journal of ideas, phrases, and people that come to me while I’m out living life. It has already spawned some great scenes in my writing and, obviously, so has yours! Good luck in the contest mate!

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