Conflict and Resolution

conflict and resolution

As a reader one of the biggest things I hate the most when I’m reading is when a writer introduces a conflict and moments later resolves it. I’m sure you’re thinking, “how is that so terrible isn’t that just conflict and resolution?” So let me explain:

I was reading a book (okay I’ve read several books that have done this) which killed a character. It was an obsolete character created purely for shock reaction but they killed this character and the protagonist is standing over the dead body and basically thinks “well, if no one is going to solve the mystery of this murder I will.” She then proceeds (in the matter of paragraphs, and I’m not exaggerating) to go and “investigate” this murder by speaking to this couple. Except this couple won’t speak to her and she decides this is extremely strange but it doesn’t matter. So she goes to the sheriff, tells her what she thinks it is and the sheriff looks at her and says “yes, I knew it was a vampire. That’s why I didn’t investigate.”

BAM mystery solved. In less than a page. Not to mention I was left sitting there going “WTF? How did the sheriff know? Why wouldn’t he at least pretend to investigate so no one investigates him?” And so on and so on. I couldn’t even buy into the next disappearance or murder because the writer had lost me. I wasn’t interested in being intrigued because I knew by the time I started to vest interest in the problem it would be solved.

In another book I’ve read in the course of a single chapter they introduced the bad guy and suddenly the main character was imbued with another special power that was unique in defeating specifically the bad guy. That’s the point when I roll my eyes and walk away.

If you’re going to resolve your conflict here’s a few tips:

  1. Take your time. Build momentum.
  2. Do not EVER (and I mean NEVER EVER) use a deus ex machina*.
  3. If the conflict has no impact on the grand scheme of your plot, it has no place in your story. This is filler and not the good kind.

What’s a deus ex machina? This is latin for “Machine of God” some translate it as “Hand of God” but the meaning is the same. If you have something come out from absolutely no where (usually out of the sky – like a God) this is a deus ex machine. Deus ex machinas are techniques used by playwrights to resolve conflicts that otherwise seem impossible. Basically, only God could fix this problem. Usually I see this technique used when someone shows up out of the blue, who previously had an excuse not to be there, a character develops a new power, they “look around and I suddenly spotted x, y or z.” One way of spotting if you’re using a deus ex machina is to see if you’re using a word like “suddenly” “out of no where” “just like that” or some other variation of these.

Like I said yesterday, conflict is great. It creates intrigue and keeps your reader coming back but if you’re going to create conflict after conflict and then just continue to resolve it before it even goes anywhere or helps develop the plot or your character it has no place in your story. It doesn’t give your story the illusion of being “fast pace” it just drives your reader away.

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Building Momentum

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Logically, this topic should come after tomorrow’s but given how a plot should be laid out I put this first. So think of this as a part one of two parts. Today we’re discussing building momentum.

As a blogger we usually build momentum by posting “sneak peeks” of projects on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. It builds intrigue and interest, it makes our readers anticipate the full project and they most likely will be constantly visiting your social media sites or your blog itself in anticipation of seeing the full project. They might even sign up for your feed if they haven’t already or your newsletter in order to ensure they get updated when the project is completed and posted.

The same sort of mentality has to happen for a writer. It’s important that the way you write keeps your readers turning the pages. You don’t want to give them any reason to close your book or turn their e-reader off and walk away so make sure when you build momentum you’re also building intrigue.

I’m not saying that if you’re not writing a mystery you have to, all I’m saying is there are some old school writing techniques you could use that have worked forever that would help you ensure your readership remains interested. For instance: the dreaded cliffhanger. It doesn’t have to be anything grand like a death or a battle but even just something small like your characters have just kissed for the first time but you withhold their reactions. This will make your reader turn the page and start the next chapter because they want to know what happens next.

Half the fun of reading a book is the drama. People read books to escape so give them something to escape into. Create a world where drama is dramatic and maybe a little bit unrealistic but we buy into it because it’s escapism at it’s finest. If you create conflict and then resolve it moments later you’re going to bore your audience. But I’ll talk more about that tomorrow.

For now, all you need to know is: it’s okay to take it slow. You’re not going to bore your audience by dragging out your conflict for a chapter or two. A chapter or two is going to give you the chance to flesh out the conflict, give the reader as much information as you can and allow them to anticipate how it will be resolved and then hopefully you’ll shock them with the results.

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Describing for the Reader

describing for the reader

 

I touched on this briefly in my laws for creating a world yesterday but when you’re describing for the reader there’s a few things you might want to keep in mind.

The first thing I already talked about was knowing what to describe and what not to describe. Specifically this advice is for fantasy writers: if you’re writing something that is Dungeons and Dragons or World of Warcraft inspired there’s a good chance your readership knows what an Orc is. Most people who pick up these types of adventure fantasy books are the kinds that play these games and love Lord of the Rings. So you don’t need to tell them what an Orc is. They know. They want you to launch right into the adventure part of the story that you’ve promised them.

The second thing I want to touch on is the rule of showing and not telling the reader what is going on in your story. This is where the idea of describing for the reader comes in. Most of the books you pick up in a major retailing bookstore aren’t really going to have this problem (don’t get me wrong though, I’m sure a few have slipped through the cracks) but mostly you’ll find this trouble with indie books that have been self-published. I think a lot of the time people have trouble discerning the difference between what showing looks like versus what telling looks like.

The most common example of it that I find is when a character explains the plot to the reader – this is normally telling as they are literally telling you what you need to know. Another occurrence I’ve seen is redundancy. The author has done what they need to to show the reader the information they need but they don’t trust themselves so they usually follow it up with a very redundant statement that tells you exactly what the last sentence showed you.

I want to give you a few examples because I believe without understanding the difference you’ll never be able to properly describe for your readers what you’re trying to show them.

Showing:

“How did you know?” I said quietly, looking up at him as he moved into my bedroom and bent down to set me on the bed gently. The bed was so soft and comfy, I could feel it surrounding me like a cloud and I sunk with pleasure deeper into the covers. My eyes slipped closed and I snuggled around the blankets happy and thankful he’d brought me to my bed.

“Just a sec, you have to take that dress off. It’s soaking wet, soapy, and smells like Killer Kool-Aid.” He reached out, pulling the blankets away from me and I groaned as the cold air hit me once more.

“No…” I whined, trying to fight him but failing as he got the blanket completely out from under me and dropped it onto the floor.

“Savannah, just take your dress off and I’ll get you some pjs.” He turned and looked around for the closet before heading over to get what I needed.

“You just want to see me half naked again.” I said with a soft mumble and he agreed with a chuckle as he pulled out a nightie from the closet.

Telling:

“How did you know?” I said quietly, looking up at him as he moved into my bedroom and bent down to set me on the bed gently. Aidan was so gentle with me as he lowered me. It was uncharacteristic how nice he was being. Usually he was nothing but withdrawn and short, this had to be a different side of him that I didn’t know about yet.

“Just a sex, you have to take that dress off.” He scolded me like a child as I began to snuggle into the soft, warm bed. He reached out, pulling the blankets away from me and I groaned as the cold air hit me once more. Maybe he wasn’t being nice but just revelling in his chance to be condescending and controlling over me.

“No…” I whined, trying to fight him but failing as he got the blanket completely out from under me and dropped it onto the floor.

“Savannah, just take your dress off and I’ll get you some pjs.”

“You just want to see me half naked again.” He chuckled as he searched through the closet looking for pyjamas, but I noticed he didn’t turn back to actually look at my half naked body. He was truly being a gentleman, I didn’t expect that of him. This was definitely a different side of Aidan no one but me could possibly know about.

In the second paragraph instead of letting the reader connect the dots themselves I spell it out for them through Savannah and point out the facts I want them to know: Aidan has a softer, kinder side than the one he shows to most people in Olympus. In the first paragraph this was made obvious when he laughed but didn’t actually turn around, nor did I mention him staring at her blatantly as she undressed and later redresses. This is a milder example as I didn’t want to give away anything from the plot but the point is there. This is a good example of redundancy.

In school our teachers tell us to write as if the reader is an idiot. This mentality shouldn’t transcend into our writing for pleasure as you have to believe that someone who has picked up your book genuinely wants to read it because they enjoy reading. If they enjoy reading then they have read other books, subtleties will not be lost on them.

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5 Laws For Creating a World

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I apologize in advance but this post is exclusively going to be directed toward fictional writers. Stay tuned for more broader topics in the next few days but for today we’re going to be talking about creating a world.

I think something a lot of writers don’t realise is that even if you’re not writing a Supernatural/Paranormal/Fantasy novel you’re still creating a world within your story in which your characters exist. You determine the laws and the rules of such a world and as it’s creator it’s important that you especially uphold them.

So when you’re creating a world I have 5 simple laws I believe are important to follow when creating your own rules for your story:

  1. Follow your rules – if you say that in your world Vampires and Werewolves only exist don’t, in book four of your series, suddenly introduce Zombies (or say Werewolves are actually shape shifters a la Breaking Wind, I mean Breaking Dawn) and shock the hell out of even the supernatural creatures in your story. I’m sorry but if you have lead us through 4 books at this point and they haven’t existed up until now you can’t suddenly think I’m going to believe that they do magically (however fantastical your story is).
  2. Know what to explain and what not to explain. If you’re writing a fantasy story that has elves, wizards, and other creatures that are fairly well known thanks to Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter and all those other stories don’t feel compelled to waste the reader’s time by explaining what a wizard is but skirting over what a Hoochie-coochie-lalamapor is. It sounds like an obvious point but you’d be surprised how many times I find myself dredging through an explaining for the umpteenth time of what a necromancer is but being introduced to something the author clearly made up and having no idea what he’s talking about.
  3. If you’re going to have another language in your book, write it in English but acknowledge it’s a different language. I don’t want to read your made-up language with no explanation of what is being said to me. If you feel you absolutely need to show off and show your reader you came up with your own language than make sure you have a character who acts like the dumb reader and gets the translations for us. Again, seems like common sense that is not that common.
  4. Don’t forget that if you make up a new world you can’t assume that it’s going to have the same luxuries you would find on Earth, in this realm, at this time. A lot of writers, I find, will create a world that is similar to Edwardian England, or sometimes even earlier than that but fail to do adequate research to ensure that the technology they are employing is the right kind. You might not be writing a historical novel but if you’re using history as a reference point your readers are going to know and they’re going to dislike any inaccuracies. If, for whatever reason, you do want to include more modern technology have an explanation at the ready to justify why such an item would be making an appearance in your world.
  5. Don’t cop out. It’s easy to create a new world where “humans” exist but half the fun of fantasy is making something that doesn’t exist. Sure vampires look like humans but they drink blood – Werewolves are humans for x amount of days (depending on the verse you’re looking at) but shift physical forms the other days of the month. So play around, what makes the humans of your world different from the humans of the “real world”? I just read a book where the eye colour of the humans changed depending on their clans thus making genetics in that world different from ours. You can do something as small as that which takes away from the natural “humanness” of their being. Play around with it, be creative. That’s half the point of making a world entirely your own.

That’s it. It’s as easy as that. What do you think of my “laws”? Would you change any? Would you add to them? Let me know!

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When to Research

when to research

I think one of my biggest pet peeves when I’m reading supernatural/paranormal books is when people use things they have no idea about in the book without doing any research. It’s all fine and dandy to make things up when you’re writing fantasy genre books but if you’re using something that hasn’t come straight out of your head don’t make a guess of how it works. You have to know when to research and when it’s okay.

The best example I can give you is a while back I read a book where one of the secondary characters owns a “new age shop” (this is how the author described it) most places will label themselves as a crystal healing/reiki store or just bluntly: a pagan shop. They sell semi-precious gems and crystals, tarot cards, incenses, candles and other “new age” items. Honestly, call it new age if you want I know what you mean specifics don’t really matter… However, the girl who owned the shop in the book did tarot readings for her friends and as she was doing them I could tell the author had never picked up a tarot deck in her life let alone even had her own cards read because she was making up descriptions of what each card meant based on the drawings she’d probably googled from.

The shame of it, and the moral of the story, is that with some research – i.e. going out and buying a set of cards for reference, having her own cards done and even trying to use them herself, it would’ve made for a great plot device – foreshadowing. She didn’t even know that she had the character pull a card that actually directly reflected the truth of what was going on in front of everyone’s faces but because she made a stereotypical assumption about the card she gave the wrong reading for it which in turn turned me off and made me roll my eyes.

This is something I’ve talked about at length for days and days now – your readers rolling their eyes and closing your book – but I mean it. Little oversights like this are easy to come by if you don’t want to take the time necessary to look into things you don’t completely understand. It’s fine to admit you don’t understand or if you’re not comfortable –  for whatever reason – researching the topic you need to know more about ask someone who might know the answers you need and just use their answers as your research. It’s way better than making an assumption and getting it wrong.

If you don’t know, if you’re not sure… Take the time to get the right information. It’s going to pay off in the end and relying on an editor to find these things isn’t the right way of going about it. You’re supposed to be the expert on what you’re writing about – not relying on someone else to do the work for you. And in the case of this other writer I’m talking about, obviously her editor didn’t know better either so it went right past her as well.

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Location, Location, Location!

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The golden rule of writing has always been, and probably will always be, write what you know. And that goes for locations too. Can you just imagine someone writing about your hometown but had never been there and launched into a description of things that simply didn’t exist? Wouldn’t you want to put the book away and forget it ever existed? I would. I would absolutely hate reading something that I knew what wrong. So why put your readers through it?

Getting location right is so important because it can make or break a story. This can be true for a blog too. What relevance do your posts have to someone who lives in a big city when you’re posting from a small town and vice versa? Some things are transparent and can transcend those kind of boundaries but there are other things that will make someone roll their eyes, close their browser and never come back to your page. You don’t want that.

Still not sure how location plays a part in your blog? Food bloggers – when providing recipes for your readers make sure you’re not using ingredients that are local to you or to your province/state/county/etc. I’ve read so many recipes where the blogger tells me I need something that would require me going to the States to get so be aware that if you have a multi-national readership of any kind you’re providing alternatives where necessary. If you’re not sure what items are local to USA or your state, etc just do a quick google search. That will tell you everything you need to know. The same goes for DIY-ers. We have Michaels in Canada but not in England and there’s no Jo-Anne’s in either country so be aware when you’re listing your supplies that what you’re asking us to get is something that is accessible to your readership or at least offer more generic alternatives.

It’s a little hypocritical for me to give you this kind of advice when my story takes place in Greece, having Savannah getting off a plane at the Athens airport and then being driven to Mount Olympus but I tried not to let the location be the focal point in those situations which worked. I mentioned them so the reader could create ann idea of what they thought it would look like in their own head before moving on to the true location of my story – the magical interior of Mount Olympus. If you’re going to approach this sort of tactic, leave the reader to imagine the location for themselves, it’s still important for you to do the necessary research that will make the story remain believable.

But that’s for tomorrow’s topic.

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Describing the Characters

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A lot of the things I’ve been talking about for the last week is those overused turns of phrases, plot schemes, etc. Describing characters is no exception to this rule. All too often characters are described in the exact same way and for a reader it gets boring. For bloggers the rule applies not to characters but everything else. How often have you used words like shabby, chic, vintage (when in reality it’s DIY’d?), absolutely/totally/etc insert adjective here.

Another thing readers hate, and I’m sure you’re smart enough so you know this already but is using a mirror to have a first-person narrator describe their appearance. There are other was, more clever ways, of giving the reader what they need to know without forcing them to sit through your character standing in front of a mirror and judging themselves. When another character touches their hair, say the colour of the hair or mention the style. Compare someone else’s eyes to the eyes of your character, compliment another character on something they’re wearing and mention your character having the same but it not looking as good, etc.

Writing is a very creative past time as much as it can be very regimented and logical. Tap into your creativity and find new ways of explaining or describing things and keep away from “willowy”, “blue as the sky”, “corn husk blond” and other cliches that make the reader groan and roll their eyes.

Similes and metaphors are great for bringing to mind something specific you want the reader to picture but like I said – be creative. When I took creative writing in high school one of the assignments we had was to write from memory some place we’d been to before. Use your senses, all of them. Describing a character’s perfume doesn’t just tell us that they smell like lavender and patchouli (Gods, I hope that concoction doesn’t actually exist) but it also tells us that they care about their hygiene, they’re very conscious of their appearance and they like the finer things in life. All because you said they smelt like lavender and patchouli. Really, it’s that easy.

And don’t forget that physical descriptions don’t have to be limited to eyes, hair, height and weight. How does your character walk? Do they have graceful movements in their hands? Do they stick their tongue out when they’re concentrating? Is there a wrinkle in their forehead that only appears when they’re thinking too hard? What about dimples? Birthmarks? Freckles that aren’t “sprinkled like chocolate over the bridge of her nose”? I have freckles all over my body that looks like I was standing on the edge of the mist of a chocolate waterfall – no rhyme or reason for their placement, they’re just… there.

The more specific you get about the things that make your character – or craft/recipe/home unique the more believable it becomes for your readers. They don’t want something generic like going to the grocery store and getting canned tomato soup. They could do that themselves. They want you to hand them a gourmet, one of a kind soup that no one else is going to be able to give them because your secret ingredient is in it and not someone else’s.

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Relationship Advice

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Today’s topic is relationship advice – because relationships are a very, very, very common thing in most books if not all. There is a constant debate among readers and writers alike as to the likeability of “insta-love”. Some are for it, enjoying the idea of soul mates and love-at-first-sight and some are totally against it: “that’s not how love works” or “no one looks at someone and falls in love.”

I’m here to tell you – it’s okay to have someone fall in love quickly in your story, but it has to be for genuine reasons. It shouldn’t be that they look at each other and fall in love – unless they’re under a spell, it’s true… It’s totally unbelievable. But if they are suddenly thrust together and start having to spend every waking moment together it’s a little more easier to swallow when being convinced that they are in love.

Don’t get me wrong. After a few dates with Marc I knew I loved him and he told me he loved me a day after our first date. We’re still together 3 years on and I have no intention of losing him yet. So, like I said insta-love can happen but part of the problem with novels and YA genre specifically is that the author doesn’t convince the reader that it’s real and that’s the most important thing. A reader should read the plot and be convinced that there was no other way for them to fall in love except instantly.

Insta-attraction is a viable thing as well, it’s okay to say someone likes someone as long as you stress it’s for purely physical reasons. In Ode to the Queen the first thing Savannah notices about Aidan is how hot he is and she likes him purely for that. It isn’t until later once they’ve had several lengthy conversations with him, watched him from afar and learned enough about him that she says she likes him more than just for physical reasons.

The dreaded love triangle is always an overplayed option but that being said if you want to do a love triangle please don’t shy away from it because it makes people cringe at the idea of how overdone it is. If you think you have a new and fabulous way of presenting a love triangle then go for it. There should be nothing stopping you if it’s something you truly want to do.

That being said, take that advice for all of those things. If insta-love makes sense for your book then go for it. Do it differently than it’s ever been done and try to make your story unique.

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How Can You Practice Dialogue?

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I probably sound like a broken record at this point because I keep ragging on about it but it’s so important for a writer to practice dialogue! So today I’m going give you a few tips for how to practice dialogue.

I cannot stress enough to importance of practising dialogue because I truly believe some authors can take dialogue for granted because we talk every single day. But it’s so important for you to know that when your characters are speaking they are differentiated from each other, it’s believable and it sounds normal. I’ve read some works where the characters speak as if they’re from a proper English family living in a manor home like Downton Abbey when in reality they’re supposed to be 18 year olds, living in a southern American small town. It just doesn’t make sense.

So, wannabe authors and authors alike here is my suggestion to you for how to practice dialogue: skip the narrative. Spend a few hours just writing out the dialogue between your characters. You can add narrative later, it’s not a big deal. You might even find you take your plot to places you never expected it to go.

You can do this in word or whatever you use to work and just write out the initials of your characters as they speak so you don’t lose track of what they say or if it’s easier for you, make a chat box and in two different tabs create names for your characters and write out the dialogue there. As you go, make sure you’re creating individual voices for your characters and they’re not blending into each other. You don’t even need to use the dialogue you create in your stories, it could just be a good way for you – as the author – to develop the dynamic of relationships. But like I said, if you do choose to use the dialogue you create you can add in the narrative later and elaborate on the scene. This exercise is purely for the dialogue.

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Fleshing Out Personality

fleshing out personality

For the last two days we’ve been talking about characters and character types and today I want to launch into a more specific topic: fleshing out personality. This is the culminative post that I hope will be able to wrap up the topic of character development.

Hopefully, of all the ways I listed in my post of Getting to Know Your Character, you did number 1 if you’re serious about making a truly well-rounded and believable protagonist. If you didn’t never fear because I’m here to tell you once more to do it. I really stress using this biography outline because it helps you create not just a character but an identity.

As I mentioned in The Importance of Character Development differentiating your characters from one another is something no author can fail at for their reader. I’ve read a book wherein none of the characters had any distinct traits to them so when reading the novel I couldn’t tell where one character began and another one ended. It was even worse during dialogue because they all spoke the same, used the same kind of turns of phrases so when there wasn’t speaker indicators I had no idea who was saying what which only led me to be more annoyed and frustrated with the book. But we’ll talk about how to write dialogue another day.

Today I really want to work with you to help you flesh out your character so fill in a biography.

Once you’ve done that look it over. Are your likes even with your dislikes? Even the most sweet and genuine little flower dislikes somethings even if it’s just meatballs in her spaghetti. In the personality list are their good things along with bad? Sure she might give people the shirt off her back without a second guess but does she also have a tendency to overreact to bad news or can be a little selfish when it comes to her family because she was spoiled growing up. As a guideline for every massive positive character trait you should have a massive negative character trait.

Below is my example using my main character: Savannah; hopefully it helps give you an idea of what I mean by biographies. As for you bloggers your blog has a personality as well. Create a biography for your blog by including things you would talk about and what you wouldn’t talk about, include things that might crop up that you could talk about – you have a food blog but what if you get pregnant? Etc. If it’s easier think of your biography as a contingency plan for your blog so if you ever get to a point when you run out of steam for it you can pull up this plan and see what you’ve already written down, it might just inspire you to create a new series or think of a new blog post every time you do. There’s no harm in over preparing yourself, in the end it’s only going to help.

Name: Savannah Anne O’Hara

Age: 21

Birthday: 4th of September

Born: Atlanta, Georgia

Likes: 

  • Perfection
  • The idea of true love
  • Makeup
  • Long baths
  • Cats
  • Roses
  • Coconut scented anything
  • Astrology
  • The Beach
  • Gold
  • Fall Foliage
  • Babies/Children
  • Education
  • Prestige/Success
  • Men
  • Surprise Birthday Parties
  • Chinese food
  • Breakfast in Bed
  • Thunderstorms
  • Strip poker

Dislikes:

  • Her body
  • Her looks
  • Arrogance
  • Silver
  • Infidelity
  • Humiliation
  • Being poor
  • Vulnerability
  • The feeling of missing someone
  • Socks
  • Being Forgotten
  • Headaches
  • Hangovers
  • Hypocrites
  • Secrets
  • Feeling Naive
  • Being talked down to
  • Looking stupid
  • Tap water
  • Being sweaty

Personality:

  • Deeply insecure –  comes across as self-absorbed and vain
  • Constantly comparing herself to everyone else’s idea of perfect
  • Jealous
  • Loyal friend and lover
  • Curious
  • Determined
  • Stubborn
  • Has trouble believing in herself
  • Vulnerable
  • Takes care of those who can’t take care of themselves – young/innocent/vulnerable and animals/plant life
  • Self-Sacrificing
  • Has a tendency to be very petty once she has been hurt
  • She will also jump to the defensive prematurely and often lives to regret her actions
  • Can be easily made to be ashamed of herself
  • Has very high standards, especially for herself
  • Has a tendency toward men who appear “powerful” but have no love for her at all
  • Has difficulty making friends with girls because she compares herself to them and thus can push them away from her because of it
  • Deeply and painfully romantic, she believes so much in true love although she’s never experienced it
  • She will try and make something work however damaged it clearly is

History:

  • When she was 3 years old her father walked out
  • She tried to go with him but he drove off without her
  • Moved around a lot with her mother because they couldn’t always afford where they lived
  • Her mother wasn’t around a lot as she worked two jobs to provide for her
  • Did really well in school because she didn’t make friends easily so she threw herself into school work
  • Started wearing makeup when she was 12
  • Had her first boyfriend at 13 and her first broken heart at 13 1/2
  • Struggled with bulimia through the later years of high school
  • Stopped forcing herself to throw up when she got to nursing school and learned about the damage she was inflicting on herself
  • She started binging instead through exercise
  • Worked part time to pay for college while also relying on scholarships
  • Had a long string of boyfriends who treated her poorly but she has never thought it was them, she has always blamed herself for the way they treated her
  • Was selected for an exchange with the University of Athens which is how she found herself in Greece
  • Was kidnapped by Atlas, a titan, and brought to Mount Olympus
  • Learned she was one of the 12 Olympians reincarnated – but who?

Appearance:

  • 5’4
  • Blonde
  • Mid-length hair
  • Blue Eyes
  • Slim, bordering on underweight
  • Long legs, short torso
  • Has a scar along the top of her knee

Favourites:

  • Song: I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
  • Movie: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
  • Smell: Coconut
  • Place: The Throne Room of Olympus
  • Color: Pink
  • Animal: Peacock
  • Cocktail:  Mimosas
  • Book: What to Expect When You’re Expecting
  • Holiday:  Valentine’s Day

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