Characters from World Warriors (Anime Style)

So, last week I did a post on my World Warriors characters. Today, I’ve got a similar post for you but with the anime versions of my characters in place of their human counterparts. In case you don’t want to read the other post, I’ve copied and pasted the same text from last week.

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I’ve been writing a novel currently called World Warriors. I’m kind of blah about the name but at least it’s easy to say. It’s a sort of “superhero” YA novel. I started it because I wanted to write something humorous and light hearted, instead of dark and tragic, for a change. I came up with a handful of characters who were sure to clash, then threw them on the page and let them do their thing.

Blurb: A shapeshifter kidnaps eight teenagers to help him save the world. They set off on journeys to five different foreign locations where they must find the enemy camps and thwart the enemy’s plans before the entire earth is destroyed.

Zevren is the shapeshifter who sets these events in motion. For years, he’s been upholding the world singlehandedly. The situation finally gets so bad, he drops seven (eight) children through the portals between underground and land. If things had been just a smidge better, he’d never have dreamt of it. He kind of hates humans.

Below are the original eight teenagers, plus the six other kids who join the team over the course of their adventures. (all pictures from Pinterest. My WW board is here.):

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ALICE is a writer and something of a nerd. She’s the brains of the team. She’s also reserved and rather short. She’s the only one who wasn’t kidnapped because Zevren thought she was worth reasoning with. (She has short hair to her chin. Apart from that, the pic is spot on.)

LEVI is a Southerner. Farmer. One of ten kids.  He especially hates Zevren, probably most of all the kids. He’s got no picture because no anime guy seems to go for close cropped hair! He and Alice go to New Zealand where they meet

MAIA. She’s cheerful and confident and a musician (singing, piano, classical knowledge …)

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ben and becky as little kids

BEN and REBECCA (Becky) are two of Levi’s little siblings. They eventually get wind of what he’s doing and are determined to help him. They’re both pretty quiet, and a lot more sensitive than he is. I love these three siblings and their relationships so much.

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a ben gif

 

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From gopixpic.com

DANIELA is fierce and spunky and I really want her hair. Um, okay, that’s kind of irrelevant.

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JARED has a devil-may-care attitude. He and

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SEAN, an orphan and mechanic, take on the most dangerous mission of all, in North Canada.

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Will is a quiet unassuming guy, but he is an excellent baseball player and very clever. He singlehandedly designs a trap to capture the enemy’s forces. (He doesn’t usually wear glasses) He’s friends with

 

 

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This is total perfection! It IS Isaac. @http://fashionplaceface.com/anime-boy-with-brown-hair-tumblr/

 

ISAAC. Isaac is definitely a people person. He’s easygoing, friendly, and loves anything to do with cars. He and

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MELANIE tackle Los Angeles.
Isaac is unable to hide his mission from his friends

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Katie hasn’t got glasses and they actually have brown eyes. Apart from that, purdy good.

 

JOHNNY and KATIE. Johnny is a joker and a terrible driver. He definitely needs his sister to keep him on track. In other words, they make the best team.

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Finally, we have ROSEMARY, a visionary and an artist whom they meet on the streets of Los Angeles.

And that’s about it. Now I’d better get to work finishing the novel.

Characters From World Warriors

I’ve been writing a novel currently called World Warriors. I’m kind of blah about the name but at least it’s easy to say. It’s a sort of “superhero” YA novel. I started it because I wanted to write something humorous and light hearted, instead of dark and tragic, for a change. I came up with a handful of characters who were sure to clash, then threw them on the page and let them do their thing.

Blurb: A shapeshifter kidnaps eight teenagers to help him save the world. They set off on journeys to five different foreign locations where they must find the enemy camps and thwart the enemy’s plans before the entire earth is destroyed.

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Zevren is the shapeshifter who sets these events in motion. For years, he’s been upholding the world singlehandedly. The situation finally gets so bad, he drops seven (eight) children through the portals between underground and land. If things had been just a smidge better, he’d never have dreamt of it. He kind of hates humans.

(He doesn’t really look like Hiddleston or Bloom, but that’s the closest I could find.)

Below are the original eight teenagers, plus the six other kids who join the team over the course of their adventures. (all pictures from Pinterest. My WW board is here. Note: Most of the characters are probably less … how shall I say it? … attractive, than in the following pictures.):

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ALICE is a writer and something of a nerd. She’s the brains of the team. She’s also reserved and rather short. She’s the only one who wasn’t kidnapped because Zevren thought she was worth reasoning with. (She has short hair to her chin and brown eyes. Apart from that, the pic is pretty accurate.)

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LEVI is a Southerner. Farmer. One of ten kids.  His hair is a lot shorter than in the picture. He especially hates Zevren, probably most of all the kids. He and Alice go to New Zealand where they meet

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MAIA. She’s cheerful and confident and a musician (singing, piano, classical knowledge …) The above picture is a rough portrait of Maia as a young girl. She definitely smiles more. There was a girl in my school who looks exactly like my idea of Maia but I’m not in touch with her, sadly.

Here’s an adorable sketch of young Maia and I think it conveys her better.

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BEN and REBECCA (Becky) are two of Levi’s little siblings. They eventually get wind of what he’s doing and are determined to help him. They’re both pretty quiet, and a lot more sensitive than he is. I love these three siblings and their relationships so much.

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DANIELA is fierce and spunky and I really want her hair. Um, okay, that’s kind of irrelevant.

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JARED has a devil-may-care attitude. He and

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SEAN, an orphan and mechanic, take on the most dangerous mission of all, in North Canada.

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Will is a quiet unassuming guy, but he is an excellent baseball player and very clever. He singlehandedly designs a trap to capture the enemy’s forces. He’s friends with

 

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ISAAC – it was soooo hard to find a good picture! His hair is longer, he doesn’t have all the freckles, and his jaw is more squarish, but this will have to do. Isaac is definitely a people person. He’s easygoing, friendly, and loves anything to do with cars. He and

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MELANIE tackle Los Angeles. Aside from the fact she’s in the water, the picture is pretty much Melanie.

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IMG_0439Finally, we have ROSEMARY, a visionary and an artist whom they meet on the streets of Los Angeles.

And that’s about it. Now I’d better get to work finishing the novel.

Writing Wishlist

 

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I found these writing wishlists from here, here, and here (Kara started it! :)). I have so many writing ideas and it looked like a lot of fun, so voila! I made my own. A writing wishlist is like a Christmas wishlist but instead of dream presents, you write novels/stories you would like to write.

I’ve got a lot of wishes – too many to complete any time soon, but a girl can dream …

1. Shopaholic

It’s about a woman who is (predictably) a shopaholic. It’s partially told by shopping lists.

2. Troll

I want to write from the point of view of an internet troll.

3. My Technological Lover

I wrote a little about this one for Beautiful Books #1. It’s about a girl who falls in love with Siri and has an annoying jock brother.

4. I Crashed My Friends

This is a very … reflective story? I don’t know how to call it. Martin crashes his three friends in his car and struggles to pick up the pieces, continue his life, and find reconciliation with his friends’ bereaved parents.

5. Mystery story

I’d love to write a good mystery, particularly with intense psychology. It would be cool to write where the main character/one of the main characters is the culprit.

6. Romance

I love a good romance and I’ve probably had the most reading experience with it. It would be fun to write one. 🙂 I have some ideas, such as one where a woman picks up a guy at the bar and havoc ensues and another where a girl asks a shy stranger on the bus out (and he’s kinda stuck to his phone, playing Dots). Hmm, I see a bit of a pattern.

7. Matchmaker

A girl tries to match make all the students in her class but they end up choosing radically different boyfriends/girlfriends from who she pairs them with. This is a pretty fluffy, funny story and it’ll be a blast to write.

8. A pirate/sailor story

Because … the sea! Sailing! Water!

9. A music and teenagers contemporary

A group of teenagers meet through music, which is sort of the cohesive that bonds them together through hard times.

10. Switcheroo

I know it’s a totally cliched idea but these three characters walked into my head and I LOVE them – a famous and fairly spoiled but adorable actress, her punk rock star brother, and the poor girl (who’s a classical musician) taking her place.

11. A horror story

Because I’m suddenly really interested in being scared.

12. Vampire/werewolf father

A vampire/werewolf poses as a benign, clumsy father, when he is really a cold and calculating man. It’ll be told from the POV of his “kids” or “wife”, maybe.

13. Button City

I have no reason to write this story (that doesn’t have a plot) except that I like the title Button City and I’ve got the idea that the protagonist is called Cyrus and I love the guy. He’s … introverted, insensitive, and very Cyrus.

14. Red Telephone

A man, newly released from prison, struggles to put his life back together and mend his relationship with his girlfriend and their child.

15. Winteria/Aestasia fantasy

This is MG and I love my world, divided by winter and summer. The romance is adorable and the mixed kids start autumn and spring, of course.

16. Mathbook fantasy

People fall into a mathbook and must keep all their wits about them to survive. They battle evil square roots and pair with the integers to save the world … stuff like that, you know …

17. New Singapore

Dystopian Singapore. Now that would be cool.

18. Twelve dancing princesses retelling

When I read twelve dancing princesses, I’m always struck by the mystery of the place the princesses go. Their secret is found out … then what? They just stop going? What’s that world they went to? Why is there a portal in their room? Surely they wouldn’t just abandon it once they were found and surely the king would be curious. There’s so much potential.

19. Shakespeare retelling

I might do King Lear (my fav Shakespeare play).

20. Crazy taxi driver

Inspired by B.D. Joe. Can you imagine?

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So, hmm … twenty novels to write. I still have my three WIPs. I’d better get writing!

(I’m working on World Warriors now and it’s a blast to write. Everyone’s clashing delightfully with everyone else.)

Beautiful Books November

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Here’s another Beautiful Books post. Check out here or here to learn more.

I know I say it too much but revealing my stories is so very hard. It’s like revealing a piece of my soul. It’s an intensely vulnerable feeling.

Now, I’m going to be throwing names about and you’re probably going to be confused. Sorry about that! I should write an introductory characters post but, frankly, I don’t have the time. I really should be, you know, writing the actual story now instead of writing about it. (Not to mention I’m behind on my French vocab – yikes!)

But I do have a blurb. Hopefully it’s understandable. 🙂 The novel is called “Grey Wars”.

Intermarriage between Nirans and Firnilans is strictly forbidden on pain of death and any offspring are likewise condemned. But the daughter of the Niran emperor is desperate to escape from her abusive father. Her path crosses with that of the prince of Firnile, who helps her escape and she marries him as a safety measure. Their daughter grows up in seclusion until she runs away to Rafik to protect her country. She meets three unlikely strangers. Together, they may be able to reconcile the countries. But more likely, the growing war engulfing them all will destroy both their lives and their souls.

1. Be honest: how is your writing going?

I am behind. I’ve written about 11,000 words so far, which is not bad but I do need to speed up if I’m hoping to reach 50,000 words before the end of November.

I have to say, though, I’m pretty pleased with the whole writing process, even if I am slower than usual. I’m enjoying writing and I had a breakthrough yesterday with 3,000 words.

2. What’s your first sentence/paragraph?

You want to read the first sentence?

Reeeeeeally?

(Intense self loathing and thoughts of “I’ll never be able to show my face in the blogosphere again”.)

Young Nerris was Prince of Firnile, born and bred for the throne since his birth in 1005, but that day, he failed all attempts to recover his dignified composure.

Well, okay. That wasn’t so bad. It doesn’t even tell you anything about the plot.

3. Do you have a book cover, and/or pictures that reflect your book?

Here are two of them:

These could be Rafikan boats.
These could be Rafikan boats.
This one reminds me of Carlan's childhood home.
This one reminds me of Carlan’s childhood home.

Why yes. I like black and white pictures. Why do you ask?

4. Do you have pictures of each of your characters? If not, describe them for us! (Be as descriptive as you can.)

Sure! I’ll do a little character introduction while I’m at it.

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This is Letatin. This picture is perfect – exactly how I imagined him except he does, you know, have pupils. Because of his unusual looks (a foreigner in tightly knit Firnile), he has been an outcast all his life and lives in hiding for five years until he meets Sylvia, Meron and Carlan and tries his hand at life abroad.

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This is another perfect picture, except for the clothes. Sylvia’s parents were illegally married so her life is technically forfeit. That doesn’t stop her from capturing Letatin, building an army, and basically taking her life into her own hands.

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Miles is a soldier but, um, afraid of blood. Gosh, these character descriptions are hard. It’d be so much easier just to give you their Myers Briggs personality types.

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I like this picture for Letatin’s father (in the past), mostly for the hood.

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Terrinydan (I’ll probably change his name since his is so cumbersome) is plotting to overthrow the emperor.

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Ha! Another great picture. This is Irvena, princess of Nire. She meets the foreign prince Nerris who helps her escape from her country and marries her. But she hates him.

5. What scene are you most excited to write?

The Nerris and Irvena twenty years later meet up scene (because it’s awkward and sweet), most any Meron and Brigg scenes (because they are adorable together), and the Letatin and Terrinydan meeting (because they match each other in sarcasm. Actually, they don’t. Letatin totally wins.)

6. Share a snippet or a scene that you really enjoyed writing.

Um … let me go search for something semi decent.

Oh, by the way, while I left my notebook for a couple seconds, I found my sister trying to make out the words (upside down). It wasn’t anything too embarrassing (just a scene of a man walking through a village) but I still freaked out!

7. Now that you’re writing, have any of the plot details, or the process itself, turned out different from what you planned or imagined?

Definitely. One character who was originally going to die is going to live now. Also, Nerris is meeting up with many characters, joining a band of rogues, and showing me he is a lot more badass than I gave him credit for.

8. Is there a character or aspect of your plot that’s difficult to write?

A character abandoned his sweetheart. That was painful.

9. What’s your favorite aspect of this novel so far? Favorite character?

I love the character relationships. I’ve got lovers, parents, siblings, friends, enemies, all sorts. It’s fun, heartbreaking, and sweet at the same time. Oh, gosh – favourite character? I don’t know. In the whole series, it would have to be Letatin, Meron, and Miles. Oh, and Brigg. He’s hilarious. 🙂

10. Have you drawn off of any life experiences or people you know to create your novel and your characters?

I think all the stories I write are to some degree drawn upon my own experiences and those I read of but there was nothing direct here.

11. Do you have a playlist or certain song for your novel and/or characters?

I’ve been listening to Anberlin’s album “Devotion” on repeat while writing my story. And I’m not stopping anytime soon.

12. Let’s have some fun for a moment: imagine you are somehow transported into your book’s world. Which character are you most likely to be found hanging out with?

Probably Ash. I always end up with the little kids. I might talk to Meron and Ada.

13. How do you keep yourself motivated to finish your daily wordcount? (Pinterest? Internet breaks? Chocolate?)

You know what? Somehow rewards don’t work well for me. Internet breaks and Pinterest are too addictive so it’s better I don’t get started! And food is, I’m afraid, not motivation enough. The best push I can give myself is to remember how much I love the story and the scenes I’m looking forward to. Of course, there is also the overhanging threat of not finishing NaNo or writing too slowly and forgetting everything I had planned.

14. What your favourite writing quote or piece of writing advice?

I love this one, among others: Thomas Mann — ‘A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.’

15. How does this book make you feel so far? Are you laughing? Crying? Frustrated?

I’m so in love with this story. I’ve been working on this idea for four years but it feels like much longer. The plot and the characters are radically different from what they once were but the past years did lay the foundations. Sometimes, it feels like I’m flogging a dead horse. But at the end of the day, I can’t let it go. I keep coming back to it. I think I could work on it for all my life and stay in love. I don’t know … I believe in it, as dramatic as that sounds.

I have laughed a lot this month, which is rather awkward. What can I say? Surely I am not the only one who laughs at his/her own jokes?

Beautiful Books October

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This month, Cait @ Notebook Sisters and Sky @ Further Up and Further In are hosting the linkup Beautiful Books. Check out the links to learn more. In short, I’ll be answering questions about plotting in preparation for my upcoming NaNoWriMo novel.

That means, of course, I’ve got to have a novel ready to be written.

I have a few options. I could talk about the novel I’m already writing. I know (and trust) it best. On the other hand, using my Nano novel would be a good way to motivate me to, you know, actually write it.

So far, I’m partial to using either my dystopian or my two contemporary scripts/novellas. Dystopian would be cool but it’s all rather implausible so far (one of those “that would never happen!” stories). And while I haven’t had a good experience writing contemporary yet, those ideas are more fully formed, so I guess I’ll talk about them today!

1. What came first: characters or plot idea? Are you a plotter or a pantser?

The plot ideas for these two came first, which is rare for me. It almost always starts with the characters. This is an exception.

I’d say I’m a cross between the two. I know my main characters and study them. I write a pitch. I write a brief summary. But I make many changes while I write and add new characters and events.

That said, I have written both completely “pantsed” and meticulously “plotted” novels. They didn’t go all that well.

2. Do you have a title and/or a “back-cover-blurb”?

Yep. (Gasp!) I actually have working titles! One is called “I Crashed My Friends”. The other is “My Technological Lover”.

3. What wordcount are you aiming for when your novel is finished?

If I wrote them as novel(las), I estimate they’ll each be about 40,000 words. I will probably write fewer, though, since I’m a “barebones” drafter. As scripts, they’ll be shorter – around 100 pages, perhaps?

4. Sum up your novel in 3 sentences.

In ICMF, Martin is driving during a bad car crash in which he’s injured and his three passengers and friends die. He struggles with the crushing guilt of having “killed” his friends, so to speak. This is the story of his pain, how he comes to terms with what has happened, and the relationship between him and his friends’ bereaved parents.

MTL is about a girl who falls in love with Siri. It’s going to be hilarious to write.

5. Sum up your characters in one word each.

Well, the girl is quite obviously crazy.

6. Which character are you most excited to write? Tell us about them!

ICMF is a study in the human psyche and relationships. It’s some heavy and painful but really interesting stuff. There’s Martin and his guilt and sorrow. There’s his mother who loves him unconditionally. There are the other parents, grieving over their dead children. There are the friends themselves who have left their mark on the world despite their short lifetimes.

7. What about your villain? Who is he, what is his goal?

I haven’t got a villain. I rarely have villains.

8. What is your protagonist’s goal? And what stands in the way?

9. What inciting incident begins your protagonist’s journey?

10. Where is your novel set?

Auckland, NZ, where I live.

11. What are three big scenes in your novel that change the game completely?

12. What is the most dynamic relationship your character has? Who else do they come in contact with or become close to during the story?

Hmm, I already answered that in #6. But that’s a great question. I love writing complicated relationships.

13. How does your protagonist change by the end of the novel?

It’s a secret!

Okay, actually I don’t know for sure. Martin definitely becomes more resilient and less carefree.

14. Do you have an ending in mind, or do you plan to see what happens?

I expect to have happy(ish) endings. But I only expect it.

15. What are your hopes and dreams for your book? What impressions are you hoping this novel will leave on your readers and yourself?

It would be nice to get these stories published. But I have no definitive goals. I’ll do what’s best for the story.

I hope my stories will make readers think. I hope they will make readers laugh. And I hope they will be the sort of books to leave a mark. As for me, I want to laugh and cry and just have a good time, and, above all, write “the end”.

What do you think of my stories? Are you linking up for Beautiful Books? Tell me about your books or link to your post!