We’re half way through prep-tober and Nanowrimo is just around the corner. For those of you who don’t know, nanowrimo or national novel writing month is when people try to write a novel (or 50 000 words) in the month of November. I participated last year and despite my stressfully high amount of school work I am looking forward to participating again this year.
Today I thought I would introduce you to the novel I plan to write next month and talk about how I am going with planning it. This is very much so a self indulgent post, but if you’re interested in hearing about what I am writing then feel free to read on. I would be greatly interested to hear about what you planning on writing so leave a comment letting me know.
That’s what I’ve decided to call my novel. This is partly because I find coming up with names really difficult and I don’t want to settle on an actual name until I have written the book and am happy with it. It’s also partly because this book is both inspired by a dream and the novel I really want to write, thus it is my dream project.
I will be using the hashtag #DreamProject to tweet about my novel throughout the month (and beyond) so if you’re interested you can follow me (@BookishNights) and keep up to date with my progress.
Now a short synopsis
Describing your novel idea in simplified terms is a difficult thing, but here’s my best attempt.
Manisha’s a young psychic trying to figure out her mental health problems, so it doesn’t help when she nearly murders a girl from her school. Her friends want to believe that she didn’t mean to do it, but what other explanation could there be? The girls must dive into ancient magic that has been long forgotten to get to the bottom of the mystery.
The basic idea
genre: urban fantasy
inspired by: The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
- A prestigious girls school
- Magic that focuses on the power of life
- Possible demonic possession??
- Fading people / ghosts
- Girl/girl romance
and here is my glorious pinterest board
I’ve also made character aesthetics, so let me introduce to you to my main characters:
Evelyn is my mainest character, she has the majority of POV chapters. She’s a maths nerd and a history nerd, and she has a dog. She’s a bit controlling and doesn’t believe in the supernatural easily, but her quick thinking and grounded nature come in helpful.
Manisha is the psychic in the synopsis. She’s slow to trust and quick to doubt but she’s got a good reason for it considering her hidden powers. She’s a musician and loves travel and escaping the city.
Victoria is an artist and an athlete. She is incredibly confident in her abilities and ties the whole friendship group together with her daring exploits. Victoria has no problem believing in magic, she only wants to get to the bottom of what’s going on.
Lucas is Victoria’s older brother. He acts as their driver for most of the book despite being an entrepreneur with his own business in the works. He collects rocks because he’s a nerd, and he doesn’t doubt the girls when they tell him what’s up so massive brownie points there.
Brooke isn’t friends with the other girls, she tends to distance herself from other people because she’s over their fakeness. Her parents are emotionally manipulative and she’s just trying to protect her little brother. She wants to be an architect and is as over boys as it is possible to be.
James (my personal fav character) is Brooke’s only friend. He’s a poet and really into old literature. Like Brooke, he is so done with fakeness and the superficiality of society. He falls into the “bad boy” trope a tiny bit because he skips school a lot to spend time with Brooke and he also hates the world and is very snarky and kind of rude.
I don’t know how present Thomas will be in this book but he is a key part of my vision for the series so here he is. His parents own a 60s style cafe and he really wants to be a doctor so he is studying hard. He is such a small bean.
I also have a playlist featuring song such as:
- Run by COIN
- Ghost by Halsey
- Are You Satisfied? by Marina and the Diamonds
- Broken by Lovely.The.Band
- Girls Like Girls by Hayley Kiyoko
- Happy Accidents by Saint Motel
- I Of The Storm by Of Monsters and Men
(I’d love more song recommendations if anyone has any that they think fit the story)
So how’s my planning going?
Well that’s a good question… I have made some progress. I have got outlines of my first 10 or so chapters. I plan to outline another 10 or so before nano begins and that should get me over the line in terms of word count. I would love to have a fully finished novel outline but I feel like that isn’t going to happen. I am trying to figure out my ending at the moment and it’s interesting.
What does that mean for my blog?
I am trying to prewrite posts for all through November but currently it isn’t going so well. I have a few, but I might end up dropping off in the end of November as to my posts. At worst you’ll get a lot of rambles that make no sense of nothing at all, at best I’ll be incredibly inspired and there will be a bunch of posts on writing.
I do plan to write a post with some tips for those of you participating in nanowrimo based on what I’ve learnt last year, so look out for that next week.