Friday, November 23, 2018

Shared WIP Tag: Week Four!

Welcome to week four in the Shared WIP Tag that I am participating in for the month of November! Nano is coming along, no matter how slow or fast, I am making progress! And any progress is good progress! This Friday, I will be sharing with y'all about my SC's, (side characters) or at least some of them! I obviously can't list all of them!

Let's start with the introduction!


1. List your SC's, state one of their main hobbies, and tell us how they influence your MC in the story.
So, I am going to be talking about five side characters. Instead of answering how they influence my MC, I am going to answer who they are to the MC... I also threw in age too! 

Name: Mabel "Bell"
Age: 18
Hobby: Musical instruments 
Who they are to Dakota: //Younger cousin//Friend//Peacemaker//Assurance//

Name: Adeline "Addy"
Age: 17
Hobby: Reading and writing
Who they are to Dakota: //Younger sister//Friend//Advice giver//Creative//

Name: Emma "Em"
Age: 14
Hobby: Being enthusiastic 
Who they are to Dakota: //Younger cousin//Friend//Strong willed//Cheerleader//

Name: Alexandra "Lexi"
Age: 13
Hobby: Animals
Who they are to Dakota: //Younger sister//Friend//Innocent//Sunshine//

Name: Beatrice "Bea"
Age: 6 (?)
Hobby: Pickpocketing 
Who they are to Adam: //Little sister//Everything//Chatterbox//Smiles//

2. Who is the SC that is the closest to your MC?
Dakota is very close to all of her sisters and cousins! 

Bea sticks to Adam like glue!  

3. How do your SC's act around people they don't know?
Mabel is quiet, but not shy around people she doesn't know.

Addy is very shy and quickly goes back into her shell.

Emma is bubbly, talkative, and alway's looking for a new friend.

At heart, Lexi is a social butterfly, but she takes some time to warm up to new people.

Bea is leery of strangers, but she is not afraid. She is a little spitfire.

4. How do they add conflict to the story (disagreeing with the MC, perhaps)?
These side characters will quarrel occasionally. But in the end, they all stick together through thick and thin! 

5. Would your MC die for any of them? What about vice versa? 
Without a doubt, yes and yes! Dakota and Adam would do anything for each of their family members. Same, vice versa! 

6. If you were writing a book about your SC's,what might the books be like?
Hmm, funny you ask! My dream is to write a book about some of my side characters! *winks*

7. What is your favorite part about the setting? 
I love this time in history! I think that the Oregon Trail is a perfect setting that already adds a element of excitement, creating a writer's ideal location for adventure and heartache! Anything is possible for the characters to encounter and overcome! 

{Picture from Pinterest}

8. What was the hardest part about coming up with the setting? 
All of the research put into making the history as accurate as possible. It's one of my biggest reader pet peeves when historical-fiction doesn't add up right with the actual time frame in history.

9. Is there anything about the setting that produced a major change in your character throughout the story?
I'm not sure if I understand this question fully, but a major change that you would see in my characters is the way of their dress, food, talk, etc. would all be from the 19th century. Like for instance, if my character had a birthday or special occasion, instead of eating birthday cake, they would have Molasses Stack Cakes. And obviously as the traveled west, they would learn things about "surviving" in the untamed land that they probably wouldn't have learned in the city. 

10. Did you base your setting off of any place in particular?
Places I plan on basing my story off of are Independence (or St. Lewis... still deciding!) Missouri, New Orleans, Mississippi River, The Oregon Trail, and all of the stops along the way... 


That just about sums up week four! Thank you for reading about some of my side characters! And be sure to stay around for next weeks WIP post!

Also, If any of you bookworms out there are interested in a Black Friday book sale, be sure to check THIS out! Get your good deals now! And don't forget to check out the GIVEAWAY which is pretty awesome if you ask me! :) 

Can you relate to any of these side characters? Do you like reading about the Oregon Trail and/or the Wild West? What was your favorite part of this post? What do you think of the Black Friday sale going on??
Talk to y'all in the comments! ;)



    Ooo, your story keeps sounding cooler and cooler! Can’t wait to see The Aesthetics!

    1. I relate a lot with Addy too! :)

      I'm so glad!!! I can't wait for next Friday! *winks*

  2. Bell sounds like a fun person! <3

    This tag was so fun!! And book sales are always my favorite! 🙌🏻😍

      It really has been! Although it is distracting me from actually getting some writing done! *winks* Yes, that is a pretty awesome sale going on! <3

  4. I've never tried writing historical fiction because I'm not sure I'd be able to make it historically accurate, so it's great to hear you're putting in the effort there, Brooklyne!

    Are Dakota and Adam both the eldest in their family? (There seem to be a few eldest sibling characters going around, which is great to see! :)
    - Jem Jones

    1. Thank you! I'm definitely going to do my best to make it historically correct! ;)

      Dakota is the oldest in her family, yes. And I'm still deciding on if I want Adam to be... :D

      Thanks so much for commenting!

  5. Oooh, I like the sound of Addy!

  6. Bea is a pickpoecket??? lol

    Gotta take my fuzzy winter hat off to all you historical fiction writers. All my Oregon Trail knowledge comes from the computer game, lol

    1. Yup, she is very resourceful! *winks*

      Hehe, yes, I'm in for a lot of history reasearch with this book! :)

    2. I relate to Emma, and I'm learning about the Oregon trail in school. I used to hate history until I read this book and now I love history I can't wait to read your book. Did you know that the settler's put their wagons in the circle and some slept in the wagons, under the wagons, or in the middle of the wagons. To keep them safe.

    3. Cool! That's really neat that you are learning about the Oregon Trail in your school! I think that time in history is really awesome to learn about! And that was so smart of them to camp with their wagons in a circle like they did. Thanks for sharing those fun facts, Sydnee! :)

  7. Did you get any snow this week? We had a lot and yesterday we had a snow day cuz we had so much.

    1. Yes, we did! Not that much, but a good dusting of snow... It's so cold out!!! Hopefully we can get enough snow to go sledding this year! :D

  8. Your side characters all sound so fun! These posts are very cool, I love being able to read more about your characters and story!

    1. I'm glad you think so, Rebekah!! Thanks, I was glad to be able to participate! :) It's been a lot of fun getting to know more about my book too! *winks*