Hello dear reader!
We are officially less than one week away from the release of White Blossom! Woo! Yes! Hurrah! And with less than one week away from book release, that means that this blog post will be the last blog post in the On Writing White Blossom series here on Kibble Corner.
So, let’s get started!
There are a few parts I really loved while writing White Blossom, and a few of them include the new settings Kanna visits, creating and introducing new characters, and just adding more plain action scenes, something I wasn’t really able to accomplish in Dark Irregular. I really enjoyed developing all of those things in White Blossom, but there was really one thing that I absolutely loved while writing this novel, and that is the development of Kanna and Kenneth’s relationship.
If you’ve read Dark Irregular, you know that towards the later chapters that Kenneth becomes more of a main character, and his relationship with Kanna becomes pretty prominent and critical to the story. Long story short, White Blossom expands on it, and boy was it an emotional rollercoaster that had me feeling so many things at the tender age of fourteen.
Because I was only fourteen, writing realistic characters who were older than me was really difficult because I hadn’t lived those years yet. Information on how people older than I was talked, acted, and thought among other things were gathered from people I had met, shows I watched, and books I read. Basically, I was playing a little guessing game on what I thought was realistic for a middle-aged character versus a teenaged character, and boy was I glad when people told me that they ended up being pretty realistic.
Now let’s add another layer to that.
Creating characters older than me was hard enough, but cultivating a realistic relationship between those characters while still keeping up with the main plot of the story? That’s a completely different story!
And let’s not talk about how hard it was to develop Kenneth as a character. He himself was a challenge that stressed me out to the core. Making him less stony throughout Dark Irregular was a journey.
That aside, the reason why I loved developing Kanna and Kenneth’s relationship in White Blossom is because . . . well . . . I just think their relationship is just a wholesome rollercoaster ride. Developing their relationship actually helped me develop their own individual characters, and seeing that unfold in the second novel was so satisfying.
Kanna and Kenneth are pretty similar in some aspects, but completely different in others, and if you’ve read the first book, you definitely know what I talk about. Kenneth, especially at the beginning of the book, is basically a confident rock, and Kanna is this sweet girl who hides behind a cold, defensive wall that is built on years’ worth of distrust and insecurities. Throughout the book, the top layer of their personalities are peeled back, revealing more of their true selves, and more of that happens in the second book, even to the point where Kanna is more stony than Kenneth at some points in the book—and not for the best of reasons, mind you. I’m not spoiling anything more.
Plus, I just love it when they interact. I don’t know why, but a lot of the scenes where they talk to each other and are near each other are just so wholesome and pure. Their friendship runs deep, and it really shows that they lean on each other more than they think. Kanna and Kenneth compliment each other and push each other to become better people, which I believe is one of the best things a friend can do for you.
To be honest, there are other things about Kanna and Kenneth’s relationship that makes it my favorite part of writing White Blossom, but if I talk about it, there is no way to avoid spoilers. So, if you want to learn more, you have to read the second book.
That is all for the last post of the On Writing White Blossom series! I hope you enjoyed reading about my favorite part about writing White Blossom—even though it wasn’t much because spoilers must be avoided. I am so sorry. If you did, leave a comment below, and if you have any questions about this blog post—because I’m sure you do—comment on this post message me on my Instagram @kaitlyn_b_legaspi or Facebook @kaitlynblegaspi, and I will get to them as soon as I possibly can.
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