Meet Faith Cook. She recently completed a novel for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) that grew out of a Plinky Writing Prompt.
Tell us the story of how you became a writer.
I think I’ve always been a writer. I’ve loved making up stories ever since I was old enough to dictate them for my mom to write down! As a child, I didn’t write as much as I do now, but I was always making up stories to act out with my friends. It wasn’t really until middle school that I realized, “Hey, why don’t I start writing these ideas down?” I started out writing short stories and drabbles mostly, but then I wrote what I thought was my greatest work at the time. I’d called it The Silver Heart, and it was about a journey a girl took to find a magical necklace. I thought it was so great, but I’ve since hidden it away in a drawer in shame, too embarrassed to do anything with it. I like to think I’ve gotten better at writing since then, though.
How did you use Plinky in your writing?
Well, first off, I’ve always liked the prompts on Plinky. I stumbled upon the site over a year ago, in the midst of a horrible case of writer’s block. The prompts helped me start thinking creatively again, and I’ve gotten several ideas from the site over time, including the one for my current novel. I had decided to do NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) this year, but I didn’t have a single idea. I was freaking out, so I got on Plinky and started answering prompts at random. It was the one for October 29th, 2012 that got me thinking. The prompt said to google a word, and write about the 11th picture you found. I randomly googled the word “rain” and started looking at images. I wrote a bit about a girl running in the rain, and my idea was born.
Tell us a bit about the novel you’ve just completed.
I’ve only just finished the first draft, but it’s about a teenage girl that develops powers after her father’s murder. She has the ability to control rain, among other things, and her reflection can talk back. She tries to keep the gift a secret, but dark forces find out about it — and will stop at nothing to find her. There’s a shooting at her school, and her friends are kidnapped the same day, the only evidence an open window and a voicemail. She sets off to find them and finds out more about herself and her powers along the way. I wrote that during NaNoWriMo, and I’m starting the editing process. I have no clue what I want to do with it yet, if anything, but hopefully it will make more sense after a few rewrites
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