Another month, another linkup! This October, I’m participating in another one of Paper Fury and Further Up and Further In‘s linkups, but instead of Beautiful People, it’s Beautiful Books! Every year around NaNoWriMo, they forgo the typical character-based questions and instead focus on questions about writing projects. Since I’m actually participating in NaNoWriMo this year
(cue internal screaming), I thought I’d use this chance to officially introduce my NaNo novel to you.
For those unfamiliar with it, NaNoWriMo is the abbreviation for National Novel Writing Month, a writing competition that takes place every November. The goal is to write 50,000 words in 30 days, giving you your first draft of a brand new novel. Although I participated in “choose your own goal” NaNoWriMo’s in the past, going for the full 50,000 is a new experience for me, and I’m really excited.
Without further ado, allow me to introduce to you my project for NaNoWriMo this year!
1) What inspired the idea for your novel, and how long have you had the idea?
As strange as it may sound, my novel was largely inspired by The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, a video game. I really enjoyed adventuring in the world of BotW, and I wanted to turn that into a story. Other things have influenced me too, of course – some of my characters’ personality traits draw inspiration from my favorite books, video games, movies, etc. Like anything else, my novel gets inspiration from everywhere. I’ve had this idea for a few months now – I started developing it in early June of this year.
2) Describe what your novel is about!
To give a 60-second version of my novel: In a fantasy world, a bookish prince and a confident swordswoman find themselves as an unlikely team when the prince’s life becomes endangered by the forces of evil. When the prince discovers he has the ability to stop this chaos, he embarks on a quest to do so. Along the way, they encounter dragons, bounty hunters, new allies, and evil magicians.
(Is it cheesy? Yes. Does it pretty much summarize everything? Also yes.)
3) What is your book’s aesthetic? Use words or photos or whatever you like!
4) Introduce us to each of your characters!
I’m still developing some of my secondary characters, but the two leads are pretty much complete. They are:
Captain Myrina Stamos: She’s a Lamorian soldier who’s tasked with escorting the leader of Lamori on his journey to Reystrell. She’s a strong warrior, is very street-smart, and she strongly dislikes dragons.
Prince Adrien Bryton: He’s the crown prince of Reystrell and is gifted with magical powers. He’s very intelligent, persistent, and strategic, though he has been a bit sheltered in his life.
I’ve also done Beautiful People linkups for these two characters, so click their names to read more about them!
5) How do you prepare to write? (Outline, research, stocking up on chocolate, howling, etc.?)
I prefer to go in with as detailed a game plan as I can come up with. Obviously, things will come up along the way that I’ll need to figure out, but if I have my notes and research already gathered, it makes things smoother. I’ll probably stock up on tea (and chocolate) too.
6) What are you most looking forward to about this novel?
Not that I’m not looking forward to this story in particular, but I think what I’m most excited about is tackling NaNoWriMo for the first time. I’ve never tried for 50,000 words before, and so I’m looking forward to the challenge. Now, if you ask me a week into NaNo how I feel, my answer might be a little different…
7) List 3 things about your novel’s setting.
- The novel takes place in a land that consists of six separate, independent nations
- The geography of the world is very diverse, from a desert wasteland to lush forests to snowy mountains (I had a lot of fun developing this).
- It shares some similarities with our world (in the past, of course), except there’s magic and dragons.
8) What’s your character’s goal and who (or what) stands in the way?
As you may have gathered, my characters’ goal is to stop these bad things from happening. I know that’s vague, but bear with me, I’m still working out the details. As for who stands in their way, it’s the antagonist – an evil magician who can create illusions.
9) How does your protagonist change by the end of the novel?
This isn’t something I’ve considered in too much depth, but for my two main characters, this is what I’d like to see change in them:
For Myrina, I don’t foresee as much change occurring in her, but I do want her to become a more well-rounded person. I want to see her mature a little more, learn to let go of grudges, and become more patient with other people like Adrien, who are very different from her.
And as for Adrien, I want to see him become more confident in himself and in his abilities, both with his powers and with his future as a ruler. Essentially, I want him to grow up, take responsibility, and become more like the person he wants to be.
10) What are your book’s themes? How do you want readers to feel when the story is over?
To be honest… my themes aren’t really completely developed yet. I have a few vague ideas floating in the air right now, but nothing concrete. Usually when I’m writing, I write the plot and characters first and look for what kind of theme unfolds from that, so I guess we’ll just wait and see! I do want my readers to feel satisfied with the ending though – I don’t want to leave loose ends anywhere, I want it to be a solid, satisfying story.
And there you have it, that’s my NaNoWriMo 2017 project! I’ll try to keep you updated as I work through the challenge this year, and I’ll certainly let you know if I reach my goal.