I’ve got Camp NaNoWriMo on the brain lately, so I’ve decided to do something fun today to share the project I’ll be working on starting next month.
As you may recall, I participated in NaNoWriMo for the first time in November 2017 with a fantasy project I called “Quest,” mostly because it was inspired by other fantasy quest narratives I enjoy, like The Legend of Zelda series. Even though I completed that 50,000 word draft (and learned a lot from it), I’ve since decided to scrap it and start again from the beginning. Not the beginning beginning – I’ll be keeping the same world, characters, and much of the same ideas, but I’m reworking the plot and making it a better story.
One of my less-explicitly-stated goals for 2019 is to complete a draft of what I hope will be the first book in a series. Since November will probably be a crazy time for me – it’ll be my senior year, after all – I plan to use Camp NaNoWriMo in April and July as my intense writing sessions, but also allow myself to write in between.
All that to say, I recently rediscovered an older blog post of mine called “The Six Question Character Challenge,” where I shared a bit about the three main characters of my “Summertime” project. Since Camp NaNoWriMo is just around the corner, I thought I’d do it again with the three main characters from Quest! I’ve written posts about them in the past, so I’ll link those as well in the post.
Adrien (BP Linkup #27)
Contradiction: He’s destined to rule a nation where his existence is illegal.
Myers-Briggs Type: INFJ (The Advocate)
Favorite Color: Pine green
How He Would Slay a Dragon: Slay a dragon? How dare you suggest it!
His Darkest Secret: Practicing magic is illegal in his country. Unfortunately for him, Adrien was born with the ability to use magic, so he’s worked hard to conceal his “gift” over the years. Only a few people in the palace know.
Where he sees himself in 10 years: Assuming nothing traumatic happens to him (or his father), Adrien will still be a prince, probably married to the girl his parents arranged for him to be married to, doing political stuff until it’s his turn to be king.
Myrina (BP Linkup #25)
Contradiction: She’s a soldier, and she has a tendency to come off as forceful and somewhat masculine in terms of personality. Some of the people she looks up to most, however, are women with more traditionally feminine qualities, like her mother.
Myers-Briggs Type: ESTJ (The Executive)
Favorite Color: Navy blue
How She Would Slay a Dragon: With pleasure. She’d come up with a plan first, of course, and probably bring backup. As for the battle itself, she’d rely on her sword, like any good soldier.
Her Darkest Secret: I wouldn’t say Myrina’s an open book, but there isn’t much that Myrina is secretive about. She is a bit cagey about her early years in the army, but that’s mostly because it was a rough time for her and she doesn’t like to talk about it.
Where she sees herself in 10 years: Still in the army, working her way up the ranks. She hopes to become a general someday.
Silas (Language of World Linkup #3)
Contradiction: As a bounty hunter, he keeps very few attachments – any relationships he has are primarily professional. For the few people he is close to, he’s extremely loyal to them and would pretty much do anything for them (but he would deny it).
Myers-Briggs Type: ISTJ (The Logistician)
Favorite Color: Black
How He Would Slay a Dragon: Stealthily, and maybe a little guiltily. Dragons are rare, and he has a healthy respect for them. But if he had to, he’d strategize: trap it first, then kill it. Always keeping a safe distance from its mouth and claws.
His Darkest Secret: He has a lot of them. The biggest one he’s keeping right now is that while he’s pretending to help Adrien and Myrina, he was actually hired to hunt them down and take Adrien captive.
Where he sees himself in 10 years: Probably still working as a bounty hunter, unless he’s gotten bored of it. In that case, he plans to retire and live a quiet and comfortable life.