Yes, NaNoWriMo is coming. We all know it, and, frankly, most of us aren’t sure whether to be excitedly waiting November 1st, or dreading it.
But, yes, as I pretty much always do, I am participating this year, with my most recent novel, Won’t Feel a Thing.
So! To get y’all acquainted with my novel (and because it looked cool) I’m participating (as you can see by the header) in Beautiful Books, a link-up which is a spin-off of Beautiful People, hosted by Paper Fury and Further Up and Further In. I don’t have answers for all of the questions, but I’ve answered what I can. xP
I encourage you to check out the other bloggers who are participating: just click the image above ^ and it’ll take you to a blog post with all of them listed.
Without further ado, the post!
Interesting story here. I was actually inspired to write this story in a way that’s odd for me… I dreamed it.
Now, of course, it wasn’t exactly the same as the book (it included zombies?), but it’s where it all started.
The dream fascinated me, and when I mentioned it to my sister Athelas (three cheers for her, eh?), she said, “write it.”
After a lot of thinking, and then a ton of colorful markers and brainstorming… Harper Scott had her own story. Boom.
Erm… Probably… I dunno, actually… A couple of months or so. I didn’t keep track of the day I had the dream.
Oooorrrr you could read this handy-dandy blurb/teaser that I have!
Harper’s job as the doctors’ cyborg assistant is fairly simple.
Deliver and retrieve packages (probably illegal), oversee shipments (definitely illegal), and on the latest mission, escort Dr. Mitchel to his contact (no doubt here).
The simpleness, however, seems to have fled. All systems were supposed to be functioning correctly, but when Harper’s mission goes dangerously wrong… something breaks.
She’s not sure what it is, but these flashes of strange memories can’t be programmed.
As segments of a past life she didn’t know she had unfold in her mind, she becomes wary of the doctors… And they aren’t the only threat. Someone, some group, is out there—and they want her dead.
And the very worst part is this unusual phenomena called “emotions.”
I’m not sure I’m happy with it… It’s the best teaser ever. *nods*
I’m only going to do the two main-est main characters, ’cause I don’t have pictures for anyone else. xP
Harper is probably a nineteen year old girl. She may, however, be a machine.
In fact, she’s not sure what she is, because Dr. Mitchel gets weird and nervous every time she brings it up, and the splitting headaches, flashes of memory, and gut-twisting emotions are only raising more questions.
She could be a girl, could be a rebel, or could be a machine designed for illegal activities— but one thing’s for sure: she’s hunted.
Axton Vischer is a twenty year old high-city boy proud to think of himself as a rebel. A rebel rising steadily in the ranks of the resistance.
But in a chance meeting, Axton discovers something his enemies (and perhaps his so-called comrades) don’t want him to know.
Harper Scott is alive, after all this time.
He doesn’t know how, and he doesn’t want to imagine why, but he’s determined to track down his former team leader, with or without help.
And if she’s a prisoner, he’ll risk his life to have her safe, as she once did for him.
But if she’s turned traitor… He’ll kill her himself.
Okey-dokey. Y’all get to see my “Plantster” method. (And look—NaNo got a Planster badge: )
Okay. So when I get an idea, generally, I’ll let it sit. Usually for a couple of months (Ahem… until a NaNo… Because who writes any other month?).
If I let it sit in my brain for long enough (usually after scribbling down the bare bones), I’ll generally come up with something that makes me want to write it, which is the most important thing here, really.
Then when I decide to write it (do you have any idea how many teeeeny ideas I have that never go anywhere?), I’ll open up a document (recently a notebook, actually…) and write down everything that I know.
By this time I usually have a couple scene ideas, usually a beginning, and barely any plot. So after I write down backstory (why is that so much easier than plot?), I’ll write down, in note-style, the beginning (“She’ll do ‘this’, and when ‘this’ happens, he’ll do ‘this’.)
And before I know it, I’ve “outlined” the beginning of my novel. I usually run out of the planned portion the first week of NaNo, though. xP
And, of course, Pinterest. Really. I’ve spent more time on Pinterest in the past month than I have in the past three months before that.
And then I wind up pantsing most of the novel, and occasionally re-brainstorming like I did before I started it.
So. Yes. I have no plot. But I have a beginning!
The same thing that made me want to write it in the first place.
The most interesting past about the dream that I had was the fact that, in the dream, while filling Harper’s position of emotionless cyborg, I thought differently. It fascinated me, which is why the dream stuck with me for so long and mutated into a novel concept.
I’m really excited to write that. Yeah, it’s a weird thing to look forward to, but… It works!
Ah, the city. Glowing bright on the outside, with a whole network underground.
Actually, space travel is not a huge part of the story, since it takes place largely on one planet, but it is a part of the setting. There is a great deal of interplanetary trade that goes on through the city Krey.
Really? Really? You think I would tell you that even if I knew? 😛
I… Still haven’t been able to figure out how to intentionally work themes into a story? Loyalty might end up being one, though.
So! Readers! What do you think? Is this book worth being written? (I hope so…)
Speaking of writing, NaNoWriMo is in TWO HOURS! Are you ready? (Me: Nooooo!)