My Own Writerly Progress (Or Lack Thereoff…)

Posted March 9, 2018 by Bee in Discussion, Nelly B. Jones / 18 Comments

It’s been a long time since I wrote a post for this feature! The biggest reason for that is that writing has been on the back-burner for a while now. When I started therapy last summer I didn’t expect my writing to take such a big hit, but it did. And after that, school did the same. Safe to say my mojo has been gone for a while now. which sucks big time because writing has always been my biggest passion and now I’m kind of just flapping about aimlessly.

BUT I am tentatively working on one of my projects. Sporadically, when the urge hits me, but still. It’s something. So I wanted to share a bit about my current project with you guys. I haven’t got the time to make a moodboard or anything so you’ll just have to make due with a list of things you can expect in this WIP. OH and my Pinterest Board, though it hasn’t been updated in a while… So now I present you with my biggest and most treasured project…

Staring at the Sun

What is it about?

Staring at the Sun is about 17-year-old Ben, who lives with his father and four siblings. His mom left them a few years before the start of the book after her father died in a tragic way. Something Ben also hasn’t gotten over yet. While protecting his siblings from their abusive father, Ben prefers spending his days drunk so he can ignore the trauma of past events. He’s a very talented guy that is obsessed with helping people due to said past events. Until he runs into an old friend of his, Micah, who has his own problems, but chooses to put them aside so he can help Ben for a change. But neither of them expects anything more to come out of it. When Ben ends up at the hospital, both of them will have to deal with their problems with the others’ help.

What to expect…

Here’s a brief list of what you can expect in this book.

~ A tragic boy dealing with alcoholism and a traumatic past while caring for and protecting his siblings
~ …who’s appearance is based on Dylan O’Brien, you’re welcome. Also he has blue hair

~ A sad, selfless biracial boy trying to live up to his very strict dad’s expectations while also still chasing his dreams
~ #ownvoices Borderline rep (though undiagnosed for most of the story)
~ A gay romance that’s so intense at times, you don’t even know, based on my own relationship (so again #ownvoices)
~ A chaotic bunch of siblings that’s too precious for this world
~ Abuse (mental and physical)
~ Moments of pure emotional agony mixed with brief glimpses of pure joy

~ Because I’m still an author ready to make you cry, of course
~ A strong focus on family and friendship
~ Love does NOT cure all, though it does help tending to wounds because it’s nice like that
~ A, for me, very personal story that is close to my heart
~ Bullying
~ #ownvoices demipansexual rep!

~ … and more!

That’s it for my writerly update! I really miss writing and hope I can return to it soon. In the meantime, I’ll focus on reading and blogging.

What do you think of my project? Is it something you would read or not? Do you want to stay up-to-date on its progress and such?
Tell me in the comments!


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18 responses to “My Own Writerly Progress (Or Lack Thereoff…)

  1. Nathan

    I like the outline of this story and I think it has promise and deals with several issues. It is a bit out of my comfort zone, but I did say I am trying to expand my horizons in a earlier post, so…if you write it I may take the risk into the unknown and give it a try. Who knows? While it sounds like it could be heavy at times, it could be great too. I am trying my own writing project as well. But your ready for an audience, so your farther along than I am. Keep going at your own pace.

  2. Yay, Bee! Whatever method works for you to get those words on the paper (or screen), keep going. 😀

    I’ve been having some good coming my way writing wise lately that I hope to talk about later in a Mirror Mirror post.

  3. Sammie

    Your book sounds fantastic! I love the title Staring at the Sun, too. But OMG so. much. representation. The much-needed sort at this point. I really like the idea, and I’m all for a character who looks like Dylan O’Brien, as long as Dylan O’Brien plays him when the movie comes out, of course. 😉 Hehe.

  4. Ahhh this sounds amazing! And also it’s so awesome (and scary!) to be really vulnerable in your writing and just put so much of yourself on page.❤️So so much respect for that!! (I’m actually trying to write a post on why it’s hard to write really personal projects but…it’s a hard post to write lmao. Typical.😂) Anyway I can’t WAIT to read this someday and I love that you’re getting your writing feels back!

  5. You had me at Dylan O’Brien.

    This sounds really heavy! But I am feeling you in the lack-of-mojo department, so I’m glad you’re writing a little bit here and there. Small steps get you to your destination too. 💛

    • Bee

      It is! But it also has cute and funny parts though. There IS a tiny bit of balance in the whole thing. Though yeah, overall it’s kind of heavy. And Dylan is the cutest.

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