The Next Big Thing Tagging Game

Photo by J. Paxon ReyesBack on the 18th of October (Wow — was that really two months ago?), Dave Higgins tagged me in a game of Author Tag known as The Next Big Thing.

This “game” is designed to give writers heart palpitations as they try to figure out how to make the first draft of their novel sound entertaining and appealing to the masses, whilst simultaneously not giving away too many details — just in case the details change, or the story sucks, or the  writer decides to throw the whole project into the electronic paper shredder where it deserves to be because even though it’s a first draft it’s not nearly as awesome as that book that I read that one time and anyway I’m a writer and occasionally I need to wallow in self-pity and my own sense of worthlessness before I get over it and decide that I’m the greatest writer who ever lived and all others are second or worse and whatever happened to that awesome novel that I was working on anyway, and WHO TURNED ON THE SHREDDER?!

Oh. Excuse me.

What I meant to say was that the “game” is designed to give writers a chance to talk about their current WiP. (Work in Progress for those non-writer types who haven’t picked up in the lingo.)

Over the last two months, I’ve debated whether to participate. (If it’s not clear why it’s been a difficult decision, please refer again to the second paragraph of this post.) And then last week I was tagged for a second time, this time by Kelly Johnson of My Countless Lives. And I decided to throw caution to the wind and play along.

Because peer pressure.

The Next Big Thing

The rules:

  1. Give credit to the person who tagged you. (Thanks again, Dave and Kelly!)
  2. Explain the rules. (Done.)
  3. Answer the ten questions about your current WiP. (By the time this meme reached Kelly, she was down to four questions. I have revived the other six via Dave’s blog.)
  4. Tag five other writers to participate in this extremely prolific and probably annoying meme.

1. What is the working title of your book?


Although, in all fairness, I should advise that there’s only about a 5% chance this will be the title when I finish writing it. The theme has changed fairly significantly since I first set fingers to keyboard.

2. Where did the idea come from for your book?

The idea for this book sprang out of a single sentence that wound its way through my subconscious and wouldn’t let go: ‘I should have left town when the goblins stole my keys.’

This sentence doesn’t actually appear in the novel, but it got me thinking about goblins and magic and what happens when people of different magical races find themselves entwined in a fairy tale, each drawn their by their curiosity.

3. What genre does the book fall under?

Urban Fantasy.

4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters for the movie rendition?

Rather than the names of characters and actors, allow me to treat you to a visual representation of the cast of the movie of the book.

(There is one other character, but I’m afraid he will have to be done with CGI.)

5. What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

When Michael Storm vows to save a twelve-year-old girl from the Sleeping Beauty Curse, he will need more than his fledgling rune-magic to survive the fury of the faery court.

6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

My goal is an agent and traditional publisher. But before that, my goal is to finish the damn book!

7. How long did it take you to finish the first draft of your manuscript?

So far? I’ve been working on this novel for just over a year. I’m about 2/3 of the way through the first draft at the moment. I’m hoping the last third is quicker than the previous two.

8. What other books would you compare this book to within your genre?

I’d say this would appeal to readers who like Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid series, M.L.N. Hanover’s Black Sun’s Daughter series, and (although I hold my breath when I say this) Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files.

9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?

My husband. The sentence I mentioned in question two above turned into the first line of a short story. That story introduced two of the main players in this novel, as well as the world in which they live. My husband’s enthusiasm for the world and the characters inspired me to write more about them.

10. What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?

Forget vampires, werewolves and zombies. This book is packed full of faeries, goblins, trolls, sprites, and other magical races. Plus there’s Runes, Spells, Curses, Rainbows, Venomous creatures, Heroism, Love, Danger and Betrayal. What more could you want?

Time to play tag:

I’m not a big fan of chain blog posts, so I’m hesitant to put pressure on anyone else to continue this meme. Nonetheless, I’d be interested in hearing the answers to these questions from some of my favourite writing bloggers. So please participate if you’re inclined, ignore me if you’d prefer, or complain about chain blogs in the comments if it will make you feel better. The choice is yours (in alphabetical order, because that’s just how I roll):

Tag, you’re it!


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16 responses to “The Next Big Thing Tagging Game

  1. Those are some good looking people in your book there. Are you going to have illustrations?

    I think this is a nice chain thingie, because I always like talking about my work. And it will make a nice break from obsessive blogging about Moonrise Kingdom. 🙂

    I got tagged on this one already, so my answers should be up soon. And you already tagged some of the people I’m going to tag.

  2. I really like the sound of your story, Jo. I’ve started a new one this week hat is Urban Fantasy – but only time will tell if I can pull off this genre 😉

    Thank you for tagging me – I’m very flattered that you thought of me! 😀

    • You’re very welcome, Dianne. 🙂 As I said, no pressure to do it if you don’t want to. Interesting to hear you’re working on an UF story at the moment. I love the way you’re not at all confined to a single genre.

  3. I’ll have to see whether I can get to this any time soon. On the other hand… I’m a long way from being finished with my “next big thing” so it feels unfair to talk about something that won’t exist in a substantially concrete form yet for several more years…

  4. I’m glad it took you two months, because it might take me a while, too, Jo! Thanks for the tag. I’m excited to play along! I especially invite the opportunity to rethink how to describe my novel now that I’ve made some fundamental changes to it over the past year. Fun fun fun!

  5. I finally put mine together and posted it, Jo! Thanks again for the tag. I especially loved being forced to sit down and work (and rework) my one-sentence synopsis. I’ve taken multiple stabs at it over the past two years, as my story has changed, and I like the one I wrote for this exercise the best (so far). It’s always so hard to boil a whole story down to a few words.

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