Thursday, 2 November 2017

Tea While Torturing


NANOWRIMO CAME!!! *Runs about screaming*


Anyways, as you have gathered, NaNoWriMo has arrived! Yay! And my exams are over, so, hopefully I will have some time to write!

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I haven’t actually written much so far this NaNo. Normally I am much further on than I am on my current 3648 words of Chosen by Fire. But what I have written I believe to be pretty good. Not as traumatic as the last intro/chapter that I wrote for the Survivor trilogy. No one has died in it yet. (notice the ‘yet’ :P)

I have—however—done some severe damage, and I feel like sharing a few snippets of me torturing my characters while happily sipping a cup of tea… seeing that this is a post to do with NaNoWriMo and all!

So, heeeere they are!

“Fire is my closest friend.” The whisper releases a faint puff of mist from my mouth that makes the flames on my fingertips flicker and sway.


I don’t want to die. 

My hands shove against Pierre’s chest with all of my strength; my vision a blur. He stumbles back with a scream of agony. Why?

Heat roars around me.


What’s happening?


I relax slightly, leaning against the trunk. A tidal wave of emotions slam into me. Pierre. The memory of his burned flesh is fresh in my mind. How did this happen? I suppose it was always going to, but to Pierre? I shiver, wrapping my arms around my body for both comfort and warmth. Tears fall and dampen my skirt.

I let them.

What if he dies? I shove the thought from my mind, but it pushes back in. “He won’t die.” My whisper sounds out of place in the forest. “He won’t die, and nor will I.”

I close my eyes and let the tears stream down my face.


My breath is a faint whisper in the sound of the dawn—loneliness in a forest of life and company. “Fire is my only friend.”


Well, I hope that wasn’t too depressing.

I figured that while I was on the topic of torturing character I may as well say few things about torturing characters. Or just being mean in general.

The first thing obviously is not to be mean if it doesn’t bring emotion. It’s always a disappointment for me in a book when something bad happens and I can shrug it off and not be at all affected by it.

Another thing is to not feel bad for being mean to your characters. That’s what makes them grow. That’s what makes your story worth reading.

I love books that murder my feels. *cough* A Time to Die *cough* And I love trying to write it.

And if you also try to write this, then know this—

I have never managed to write as feelsey of a scene as ones that I have read. As much as I try I can’t get it. It needs practice. So don’t touch that backspace button. Leave it alone. Just keep writing it. Eventually, it  will flow out naturally. Sometimes it will be better than others. Just listen to lots of depressing music and that helps you feel the mood you are trying to create.

Don’t give up on torturing your characters!

So, here is a prompt just for you people who want to torture your characters and other people’s feels.

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There you go! Any Inspiration? Questions? Have fun!


  1. Awesome scene, Jess!:) I love your writing style.

    1. Thanks Quin ley! I'm so glad you like it! I've been experimenting with the style for the first time and it's loads of fun!

  2. For some reason I was giggling through this whole post. "Don't worry, one day you too will be able to torture you characters to perfection." XD This is way funnier than it should be. XP

    1. Heheh, when you put it like that, well, no wonder! I'm glad you liked it! xD

  3. YOUR BOOK SOUNDS SO AWESOME!!! XD I can't wait to hear more! Ah, yes; "yet" is a very important word. Books that murder feels are always good to read. *nods* Nice inspiration this week! I really liked it. :-D

    1. EEEEEEEEP! Thanks so much MEM! It's been fun ton write. And indeed it is.
      I looove feels murdering books! They are the best.
      Thanks so much!

  4. OOOH, SNIPPETS YAY! Sad, snippets... but still yay!!

    ...If Althea had any idea of the extent of what Jade has gone through, she'd be hugging her so hard right now.

    P.S Love the prompt! Kinda reminds me of Brinley. ^-^

    1. Yeees, sad snippets, but still snippets!
      Heheh, yeah... she hasn't had an easy life.
      Thanks for commenting!

  5. This was a great and extremely intriguing post