Monday, October 9, 2017

Shared WIP Blog Tag- Part I

Congratulations to Linda Phillips who won the audio CD of "Indigo Girl" from last week's blog.

Recently I have met several young writers and bloggers.  One of them who goes by the pen name of Julian Daventry, asked for volunteers to be part of her Shared-WIP four-part tag. Each blogger answers four sets of ten questions that will be geared to four different aspects of their current WIP – the story itself, the characters, the storyworld, and general writing.  You'll find links to the other blogs at the bottom of this post; I hope you'll check them out.

My long time blog followers will know answers to some of the questions, but hang in there--there are some surprises too! 

What is the title, genre, and current status of your WIP?

Half-Truths is historical middle grade (after years of flip-flopping between YA and MG. Here's my post about this recent decision.). I just passed the mid-point of what I hope is the last draft--of at least ten (to be honest, I've lost track of how many times I started over!)
What makes your story unique?

Although there are other friendship books between a white girl and a black girl, no others take place in a southern city just before the 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education decision to integrate the schools. 
Titled "Isolation." 1960's, Michigan

Where did the title come from?

Generational secrets (i.e., half-truths) that influence the present fascinate me. 

Pictures like these from Pinterest inform my story.

How long have you been working on your WIP?

Ten years. (not counting a few years spent on a picture book and early chapter book that laid the ground work for Half-Truths. Yes, a picture book. Really.)

Some of the books I've read while researching and writing. 

What do you think people will enjoy most about your WIP?

I'm hoping they'll enjoy the girls' friendship and what Kate and Lillian learn from one another. I also hope they'll become more aware of their own half-truths (We all have them!).

Describe your WIP in ten short phrases.

Segregation; Charlotte, NC; civil rights; passing; family secrets; rambunctious goat; debutantes; journalism; unexpected friendship; Korean War. 

Provide a snippet (long or brief) of a favorite scene.

Dear Katie,
Sorry for not writing sooner. Lola Mae told me you were waiting on me to write.
Ever since Daddy folded the Shaw’s place into ours, we’ve had more tobacco to pick than you can shake a stick at. Them sorry coloreds were all standing around boo-hooing when the sheriff served them papers. Hey, it’s not our fault that they didn’t pay their taxes.
I put the letter down and stare out the window. Mr. Davis didn’t buy the Shaw’s property.
He stole it. 
My eyes blur as I continue reading. With all the cutting and drying we gotta do, I’d just as soon as not finish school. That would be fine by Daddy, but Mama won’t hear of it. I just got me a few more years ’til I’m sixteen. Then she can’t say nothin’ more about it. 
I really gotta run. Don’t worry about not being my dance partner no more. Ain’t nobody gonna ever shag like you, baby.
Baby? I crumple up Mack’s letter and throw it into the trashcan. What did I ever see in him? The big oaf!

It would serve him right if he flunks out of school.

What is the hardest thing to write with this story?  What is the easiest?

Hard: Getting the African American story right.
Easy: Writing off the page. (I write Kate's poems in long-hand first. These seem to come out easier.)

A line where the tension builds.

"My anger balloons bigger than my questions about the mysterious object. No one should be forced to dig up their ancestors."

Explain the plot in one line.

In 1952, fourteen-year-old Kate Dinsmore's world is shaken when she discovers that the Negro teenager working in her grandmother's house is her second cousin.

Please visit SarahIvieLisa, JulianJemFaithLila and Evangeline to see their answers to these questions. You'll be impressed with these young writers enthusiastic dedication to story creation!

Stay tuned for Part II in a few weeks.


Helena George said...

Okay, so this line "No one should be forced to dig up their ancestors." That. Wow. That line alone makes me really interested in this book. But I've been wanting to read it ever since the beginning, when you told me your one-line pitch. I can't wait to learn more about Half-Truths throughout this tag! (And thanks again for taking part in it!)

Connie Porter Saunders said...

Yes Carol, I was surprised (pleasantly surprised) to read your answers. I am so anxious to read this story! Blessings as you continue on this journey!

Carol Baldwin said...

Thanks, Connie. I look forward to that day when you'll read it too!

Carol Baldwin said...

Thanks, Julian. for inviting me! This was fun.

Joan Y. Edwards said...

Dear Carol,
I am proud of you and the other bloggers who are sharing about their works in progress, too.

I admire your tenacity and perseverance with your Half-Truths story.

Go, Carol, Go.

Never Give Up

Rosi said...

All your hard work really shows in these lines. Keep on keepin' on, Carol!

Carol Baldwin said...

Thanks, Rosi and JOan. Your encouragement means a lot to me!

Clara Gillow Clark said...

I loved reading this interview and the excerpt from your wip, Carol. I was amazed to learn that your story was first written as a picture book, and I loved the line, “No one should be forced to dig up their ancestors."

I echo what the others have written: Never give up. Keep on keepin’ on. Go, Carol, go!

Carol Baldwin said...

Actually, the present story wasn't a picture book--it's more like the genesis of this story was a picture book. But thanks, Clara!

Sarah Rodecker said...

This sounds really exciting! I loved reading your answers.

Carol Baldwin said...

Thanks, Sarah. That means a lot to me! Glad you liked it.

Kathleen said...

Carol, such a great post. I loved reading your favorite scene.I could get an idea about Katie's personality from her reactions to the letter she is reading. And I hadn't known the part about the picture book! I'm so looking forward to HALF TRUTHS! Thank you for bringing us along on your writing journey.

Carol Baldwin said...

Glad you enjoyed it, Kathleen! Picture book was WAAAY long ago! I'll tell you about it sometime.

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