Writerly Update (My First in Forever??): Introducing My WIP and Characters!! Featuring Snippets! Aesthetics! A Mess!!

I am very nervous today because I’m… introducing my WIP???

Some people have actually been asking me if I’ve done an introductory post to it yet (since I’ve mentioned my WIP a couple of times now) so uh here you go? I’m honestly really flattered you want to know about my WIP!!

But also why. It’s a mess.

Anyways, I haven’t done a Writerly Update™ in so long and frankly it’s because I just don’t write as much as I used to, but NaNoWriMo is happening next month, a WIP has been in the works for months now, and I’m finally ready to share my WIP with you all! So here it is and I hope it sounds vaguely interesting at least??

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Summary: A twin girl named Mali is caught by a water spirit assassin, but she turns out to be the wrong twin. Obviously, she lives (I mean if she didn’t, there would… be no book), and she ends up helping the water spirit assassin, Nahla, try to find her missing twin. But what Nahla doesn’t know is that Mali is an assassin* too, and Nahla is her target.

Themes: I’m big on writing a lot of themes into books, so some of the themes I’m hoping to write about in this WIP is making peace with yourself and your past, finding comfort even where you don’t think it’ll be, and being content with who you are.

Features: Dark woods + water aesthetic/vibe, found family, sapphic !!! romance !!!, enemies to friends to lovers trope, murdery stuff (I mean it’s about assassins?)

Other notable things:

  • It’s going to be written in third person because third person is my one true love and I will never write in first person unless I absolutely have to
  • I brainstormed ideas by randomly thinking of aesthetic things that I wanted to incorporate (like water, drowning, knives, sapphic romance, etc.), which seems to a very effective method for me since this is my second time doing it and it worked??
  • I still have no idea what the middle of the book will consist of and at this point I just want someone else to plot it for me
  • I’m writing this for NaNoWriMo and aiming for the standard 50K! I feel like I’ll make it to 25K but also you know what? I’m going to blindly believe in myself and let myself think I can actually accomplish something for once
  • I’m calling it “sapphic assassins WIP” for now because I have no actual title and why not be literal

*Okay she’s not TECHNICALLY an assassin but let me live.

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Here are the main characters of my WIP!! I’m lowkey questioning if I talked too much about them but also?? who cares. I love them and I’ll talk about them forever. Also am I sorry for comparing them to Six of Crows and Foxhole Court characters? No.

And I DO have a character aesthetic… but only one. I’ll show it later but they take fOREver for me to make so that’s why there’s only one!!!

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VERY reserved, cold, witty, distrustful, protective, loyal, vengeful, manipulative, clever – Thai (like me!) – demi bisexual (also like me!) – Slytherin – she/her – has depression (like me!) – a bit of Kaz Brekker and Andrew Minyard

(I know she’s a bit of a YA cliche but first of all, she’s the FEMALE counterpart to all the male characters in YA who are like this, and second of all, I love this type of character with my whole heart and no amount of shame will EVER make me hate it)

berry 2 NAHLA berry 1

fierce, loyal, used to be softer but something made her tough yes I know it’s cliche, sarcastic, determined, does anything for loved ones – Moroccan – lesbian – Gryffindor – she/her – lowkey Dan Wilds

berry 2 LONZO berry 1

witty I literally named him Witty Boy at first, charming, outgoing, brave, protective – Mexican – pansexual – transgender – all the houses but Slytherin – he/him – mix of Jesper Fahey and Nicky Hemmick

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So the only snippets I really have are from a scene I wrote last month because I was very excited about it, what I wrote while planning, and my outline (which is basically non-existent).

Here’s the one I shared in my September recap:

Here’s another snippet from the same scene, but took place a little earlier:

Here’s a snippet from the very very early stages of planning that I still relate to:

And here’s a snippet from my outline! I wouldn’t have shared it but I love my snarky Mali so :’)

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Uh so I have like… zero aesthetics because I’m trying not to distract myself by going on Pinterest and they always take me SO LONG to make! I do have two that I’ll share though:

This one is the one I always reuse, but is kinda inaccurate because I made it at the very beginning of my planning and only did it based off of setting. Also I just realized two of the images are the same I love how smart Past May is.)

And this one is a character aesthetic for Mali that took me two hours to make!!!! But I’m very proud of it and the fact that I manged to find images that actually related to who she is.

(I took these images off of Pinterest and edited them all, so because I’m paranoid, here are the links to all the original images on Pinterest: girlwaterbooksricehand shadowknivesrainbow handrevengeempty)

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I’ve been having a really rough time with planning out this WIP because I’m 1) horrible at plot and 2) I haven’t planned/written a proper WIP in SO long. So I had to turn to some resources, and I always find it helpful whenever a writer shares a list of resources they used, so… here’s mine???


  • Pinterest for aesthetic images of course
  • Spotify for music while I’m planning/writing! (I don’t make playlists for my WIPs because I absolutely suck at that)
  • Well-Storied for when I was feeling hopeless with plot. legitimately SAVED me and there are so many helpful posts on this site and I’m going to use it forever
  • Nameberry for names! I literally had a name for one character (and not the main character) up until Friday, and I just spent an hour on this site and got my names
  • that’s it yes I’m basic

shall we chat

are you working on a WIP? if so, what’s it about? or do you write something else? are you participating in NaNoWriMo? how long does it take for you to make aesthetics??? and does anyone want to make one for me??

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58 thoughts on “Writerly Update (My First in Forever??): Introducing My WIP and Characters!! Featuring Snippets! Aesthetics! A Mess!!

  1. Your WIP sounds sooooo cool! I LOVE the premise, and those snippets are amazing! Also those aesthetics are beautiful! (And I’ve that you compared your characters to Six of Crows and All For the Game characters. 😂)

    And hahahaha, I get you with names! My WIP was titled “F/F Hate To Love Romance” for… wayyyyy too long. (The romance isn’t even THAT big a part of the story!) And my characters didn’t have names for the LONGEST time, and got referred to as Rebel, Queen, and Nameless Boy. For so long that when they finally got names, and I referred to Nameless Boy by name, my friend was like “Who?!” but immediately knew who I meant when I referred to him as Nameless Boy.
    And now my WIP is very creatively named Rebel and Queen. Because once I stopped caring the characters that, I figured I could use it for a title instead. (I’m so original, I know.)

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    1. IRIS!!! Thank you so much oh my god, this means the world to me!! And ahahah yes, the two series I am obsessed with 😅

      Okay I just gotta say… the fact that you made a title out of the fake names of your characters?? AMAZING. That title is literally so good too? (And omg I think I named one of my characters Nameless Boy too at one point!)

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  2. Your WIP sounds awesome! *hahahahhahahahha I’m jealous. I was going to participate in NaNoWriMo, but my schedule is too busy and I am overloaded with schoolwork. 😰
    It takes me forever to come make an aesthetic, but it’s worth it in the end because. ITS. JUST. SO. BEAUTIFUL.
    Love this post 💞

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    1. Thank you so much!! 💖 And aahh I feel you — I really wanted to do 50K but now I’m feeling like, with all the schoolwork I have, I might have to lower it 😦 but yes I agree! Taking the time to make aesthetics is SO worth it because I can stare at it forever 😍

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  3. The WIP sounds really good! I am in love with the aesthetic you made, too. Good luck with NaNo! I’m participating this year, too and I’m stressed, but excited to really push myself 🙂

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  4. Ugh, you’re always so helpful and considerate when you write posts like these because you always detail what websites you use to aid your writing! I’m so excited to use well-storied, I’ve never heard of it before!

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  5. This sounds soooooo good! Looking at your characters I’m feeling relieved that I’m not the only LGBTQ+ author who writes a lot of diversity into their books!
    Ooof, I spent all of a class period creating just one of my aesthetics and it was very horrible to create, yours look so amazing! xo

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  6. Ah, I love this! It sounds so good and I think the banter will be amazing! And yay for demi-bisexual because we need more representation!
    Keep up the incredible work, May! It looks so lovely and pure. 💕

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  7. Your story sounds amazing May and I’m so excited to read it and see it on bookshelves someday. Your characters sound SO GREAT and ahhh these aesthetics are stunning, the hours you took to make this really are worth it, the result is sooooo gorgeous,I love it. ❤ ❤

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      1. Well if it’s not that wip it will be another one, your words will be in a book on bookshelves SOMEDAY I just feel it 😀
        Aww what, you’re a queen more than I am, LOOK AT THESE AESTHETICS. SO in love.


  8. This sounds incredible. I want it. Stat please.
    No seriously this sounds absolutely stunning! Please share more on your blog! And I’m already relating to and in love with Mali 😂
    Also, I’d be happy to make a character aesthetic for you! I’d need some prompts on the character basis of course, but other than that I’d love to!
    I’m in awe of people who actually write books – I just come up with ideas 😂
    Rhi xo
    @ https://marshmallowharmonies.wordpress.com

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      1. No problem! I CANT WAIT 💜💜💜
        Ok! I don’t have an email (that I can use for blogging purposes) so if you could go to my ‘talk to me!’ page and fill out the form for ‘Collab’s’ that would be great! Then I’ll set up a page that only you and I can access for you to give me the details of the character aesthetics. Hopefully I’ll be able to have them done for you about a week or two from when I first start 😉
        If that’s too much hassle don’t worry – I have another **secret** option!
        Rhi xoxo


  9. This sounds like an incredible WIP May. ❤️ I’m sure you’ll have a lot of fun working on it for NaNo, and I hope to hear more about it again as well. Also now I’ve read the All for the Game trilogy I have a better idea of who your characters are (not that the Six of Crows cues didn’t help too).
    Your aesthetics are gorgeous, but yeah I get what you mean because I’ve been avoiding Pinterest while I try and plan my NaNo WIP. It’s so easy to fall into a black hole of sorts when it comes to Pinterest and aesthetics right?
    The WIP I’m working on for NaNo this year is the same as my last year one, but at the same time it’s really different because I’ve changed the story around so much in the year between. I’ll wish you good luck with your word goal, I’ll keep my fingers crossed you make it to 50K words but even if you just go 25K that’ll still be incredible. 🙂 ❤️

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    1. Aww, Beth, thank you so much — I’m so glad you want to hear more about my WIP! And omggg I didn’t know you read the AFTG trilogy (what did you think of it?? 👀)

      THANK YOU!! But yeah, since that one aesthetic I made, I haven’t done any other, since it’s so time-consuming! And aahh I’m so excited to hear more about your WIP and what’s changed from last year!! What I heard of yours from 2017 was sooo good ☺💓

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      1. I love hearing about what other people are writing, and yeah your WIP sounds great so of course I want to know more! 😀
        Yep, finished it a week or so ago, and loved it.
        I get what you mean, I have plenty of images for aesthetics saved but I haven’t put them together, haven’t had the time at the moment. Thanks, I’ll be posting more about my WIP and all the changes in November as I start writing, I’m excited to get to writing it again actually. 🙂 ❤️


  10. The most beautiful post I’ve ever seen right here!!! I love the aesthetic gosh! And I’m already in love with Nahla and all the other characterssss!!!! ❤ ❤ I really want to read your book! And so much diversity?? I STAN!! Good luck with your WIP ❤ ❤

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  11. hi hello ok where’s the “read unfinished wip because why the hell not” button because i need to read the unfinished WIP because why the hell not! (because it’s unfinished, nimika, shut up).
    murderous assassins and sea creatures and an enemies to lovers romance? take my money. also, you had me at “andrew minyard”

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  12. SOUNDS SO COOL. I love the snippets and all the cliches. I’m a sucker for twin stories and the pinterest aesthetic is on point. Really looking forward to more posts about your WIP. c:

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  13. MAY THIS IS ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE WOW WHAT A STAR YOU ARE!! i can’t wait to read this as soon as you write it!!!!! dang like everything you wrote just made me so excited that i’m actually sad this is not a published book yet. good luck in nano!

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  14. Ahhhh May!!! Nahla and Mali sound so badass and precious 😍😍 I’m so excited to see you accomplish NaNoWriMo this year (because you TOTALLY would!! 💪) Good luck!!!


  15. Oooh! I would love to read your book! It sounds amazing! Are you planning on participating in Nanowrimo? I have a WIP that I’m about 5,000 words into.


    1. Oh, wait you are participating! I must have missed that snippet! Yay, I’m participating to but I’m not sure how much I’ll get written. Good luck!


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