Beautiful Books NaNoWriMo Linkup

Hey guys! Today I’m gonna do something a little different. A blogger I follow just did a blog linkup called Beautiful Books. So I went on the website, and it looks awesome, so I decided to try it! If you want to participate, here’s the link: http://www.notebooksisters.com/2014/10/beautiful-books-1-lets-talk-books-new.html?m=1. So on to the questions!
What came first: characters or plot idea? Are you a plotter or a pantser?
For this one, it was the plot, but it can happen both ways for me. I can be a plotter or a pantser. For this year, I’m kind of a crazy combination. I have half of it outlined plus the end, but I think I’m just going to let it flow from there.
Do you have a title and/or a “back-cover-blurb”?
It’s tentatively titled, Hero or Villain? (Not Your Average Fairytale)
And here is my blurb:
In a futuristic world, Jenna Pond is chosen to essentially be the villain in her generation’s fairytale, sentencing her to one of the only two fates given to the people that play villains: death or imprisonment. Her best friend Clara is chosen to be the heroine. They are taken to be trained for their roles along with the other main character, William, who will be the hero. Jenna struggles with accepting her death sentence. In the middle of the fairytale, Jenna stumbles across information that changes her perspective on her world, her fairytale, and herself.
It needs improvement, but it’ll do. (Yes I am a Whovian, however did you notice?)
What wordcount are you aiming for when your novel is finished?
50,000 to 75,000
Sum up your novel in 3 sentences.
Jenna Pond is chosen to be a villain in a fairy tale, and knows she is going to die. Her best friend, Clara is chosen to play the main character. Jenna finds out information that changes her perspective on everything.
Sum up your characters in one word each.
Jenna: Loyal
Clara: Dreamer
William: Complex
Which character are you most excited to write? Tell us about them!
I think it’s a total tie between the three of them! All of them are so complex. Jenna is too loyal for her own good, can sometimes be clueless, sometimes wise beyond her years, and is always striving to do the right thing.
Clara was a total tomboy, until the Story Makers got a hold of her. She has always had a fascination with all things that look rich, but she has a conscience, and feels bad about certain things she is made to do.
William is probably the most complex of them all. He has a strong love for truth, but yet he has never worked up enough courage to tell his father how he really feels about all of his hero training. From the time he could hold a small dagger, he has been groomed in the ways of a hero, but that isn’t what he wants.
What about your villain? Who is he, what is his goal?
My villain is…wait for it…the president. How original! His goal is kind of a spoiler, so I can’t say…yet.
What is your protagonist’s goal? And what stands in the way?
To expose the lies of her government. Again, original! And several things stand in her way. Her loyalty to the people closest to her, Clara’s lack of belief, and then of course, the villain.
What inciting incident begins your protagonist’s journey?
When she’s selected as the villain.
Where is your novel set?
In our world in the future.
What are three big scenes in your novel that change the game completely?
When Jenna is selected, when she finds out the big secret and I can’t say the last one because of spoilers.
What is the most dynamic relationship your character has? Who else do they come in contact with or become close to during the story?
Probably the one between her and Clara, although they aren’t aloud to see each other for a little while, and then she becomes really close to Will, which is also interesting.
How does your protagonist change by the end of the novel?
She isn’t as afraid to stand out and be good, and to tell the truth.
Do you have an ending in mind, or do you plan to see what happens?
I do, although it may get tweaked a little when we get there. We’ll see.
What are your hopes and dreams for your book? What impressions are you hoping this novel will leave on your readers and yourself?
I hope it will get published, but that’s a big hope. Again, we’ll see. I’m hoping it will leave the impression that it’s okay to stand out, and if something doesn’t feel like it’s right, then don’t do it.
So that’s it for today, I hope you liked this, and comment below if you want me to do more posts like it. Also, two days until NaNoWriMo! Who’s excited? On the first day I’m going to a cafe where a bunch of NaNoers are going to meet and write for three hours. Super excited!
What are your plans for the first day of NaNoWriMo?
Elizabeth

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My NaNo Prep: Less Then A Week Left!

It’s hard to believe there’s less then a week left until NaNoWriMo! But I think I’m ready.
I had a lot of trouble figuring out what I was going to use for my NaNoNovel, first I thought I was going to use this one novel that I had partially outlined and I really loved, which I will call V. But then, I decided that there where some plot holes that I couldn’t fix on time, so I went to another novel that I had wanted to write for over two years. And then I found out that it would take too much research in such a short amount of time, because part of it is a historical. Then, I went to a novel that I had developed a bit, but when it came to the enthusiasm check, I found out my enthusiasm was wavering. Plus, I had just come up with this great new idea that was about a dryad. So I tried to figure it out, but the enthusiasm wasn’t there.
So two days ago, I was left with no novel, and very little time. I was thinking about not doing NaNoWriMo this year. And then a way to fix the plot holes in V struck me! I wrote them down, and then decided to do V. Which is good, because I had the most enthusiasm about it. The most I’ll say about it here is that it’s a cross between dystopia and fairy tales.
So how much progress have I made preparing for it? Well I’ve outlined about half of it, I have the ending outlined too, and I have the first scene written in my head.
I’m super excited for NaNoWriMo, and I hope a lot of you all are doing it too.
How are you preparing for NaNoWriMo?
Elizabeth

What Is NaNoWriMo?

(The How To Start A Teen Writer’s Group has been postponed.)
There’s a lot of excitement this time of year for people preparing for NaNoWriMo. If you’ve been in the writing circal long, then you’ve probably heard of it. But maybe you don’t exactly know what it is. So what is NaNoWriMo?
National Novel Writing Month, also known as NaNoWriMo is, simply put, a self imposed challenge to write 50,000 words in the month of November. Which means that, “officially”, you have to write 50,000 words in 31 days. Think you’re up to the challenge?
If not, and you’re under 18, then you can join the Young Writer’s Program of NaNoWriMo (both web addresses will be pasted at the end). There you can take a word count test and set your own goal. You can also interact with other young writers your age through the forums.
Cinder, the YA book by Marissa Meyer was written during NaNoWriMo. I haven’t personally read this book, but it’s on my to read list, and I’ve heard several people talking about it.
Remember, NaNoWriMo is a self imposed challenge, don’t put to much pressure on yourself if things don’t go your way. If you don’t get 50,000 by the end of the month, don’t worry, at least you got some writing done. And plus, you can always try again next year.
Elizabeth