Hello, TWNers. Welcome back! And to all of y’all hopping over from Christine Smith’s site, welcome to this writing nook filled with insanity, crazy, and just utter wackiness… but we still fun. 😉 *sends welcome chocolate and snacks for you to enjoy*
So I’m sure most of y’all have realized we’re in Preptober and National Novel Writing Month is literally days away
cuz what do you know, Issabelle completely didn’t plan out this month of blog posting very well as normal. (For those of y’all who don’t know National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo as most call it, takes place every November. It’s the time for writers to try to write 50,000 words in one month.)
Any of you guys who were here last year, might’ve remembered as I joined the lovely (and might I add completely AWESOME) Christine Smith for her yearly Know the Novel Linkup. (And just cuz I’m awesome, here’s the link to her post talking all about this wonderful linkup… I think I’m using too many adjectives. XD) This is a three-part linkup where writers get to ramble and scream about their works in progress. WHAT COULD BE MORE AWESOME???
So I’m sure one of the biggest questions is: Am I doing NaNoWriMo? Well, yes and no. Yes, I’m aiming to write 50K in a month, but I’m actually just doing it on my own, so I’m not going through that site or any of the other ones offered. (I kinda have this irrational fear of getting unneeded accounts on sites… but that’s a topic for another time.) HOWEVER, I’m still saying it’s my first NaNo, since I’m still going for the 50K in Novemember, and it’s just fun to say. (We could get technical here, but I say let’s not. XD)
But today isn’t about that. Today I am introducing my newest Work In Progress…. SECRETS WE HIDE. It’s a YA suspense novel, and we’re going to hear me ramble all about it today. (Because what could be more fun?) Let’s just get right on in today!
Now let’s cue the mockup cover for my story:
1. What first sparked the idea for this novel?
Well, two other novels to be exact. I tend to get my best inspiration from stories themselves. The idea first sparked when I was reading Kristina Hall’s Promises Unbroken. It had been the first suspense novel I’d read in a very long time and made me remember why I always loved this genre. (Before I switched to YA fantasy, I actually wrote YA suspense… surprising I know. XD) Anyway, while reading it, I just got homesick and knew I wanted to get back to writing suspense again. (Don’t worry, it’s just a fun project for me. I’m still writing my fantasy. XD)
And then as I was turning multiple ideas over in my head, I started thinking more about Ally Carter’s Embassy Row series and I’ve been drawing heavy inspiration from that!!
2. Share a blurb (or just an overall summary)!
A blurb??? Yeah, okay, I honestly don’t have one so here’s one I’m making up on the spot:
Eighteen-year-old Tess Young is tired of always being compared to her perfect older brother, especially when another novel she’s tried to publish gets shoved aside. (Because, in her eyes, that’s a much better word than rejected.) Not to mention the strange death of one of her old childhood’s friends has been haunting her for the past few weeks, because despite what the police and family say, Tess can’t help but feel there’s more to the story. Especially when she finds (you may insert something awesome here because I’m a panster and don’t know what she finds as of yet but I hopefully will eventually) that connects her friend’s death to one of many caused by the mysterious and deadly killer, The Rouge, who has been terrorizing the little country of Kevila for years.
Tess decides this is her moment to finally do something important, that would make her parents proud and prove she is more than just a starving artist. So she convinces her parents to let her stay with a friend of theirs in Kevila and hops on a plane without looking back. Her mission? To hunt down and catch The Rouge. Maybe it’s a little risky and a lot crazy but Tess isn’t one to back down from a challenge. And when she enlists the help of a teen mastermind and a former Russian assassin, Tess will do whatever she can to stop the clever Rouge. But she doesn’t have much time because The Rouge will strike again.
And she might be his next victim.
3. Where does the story take place? What are some of your favorite aspects about the setting?
The story takes place… well in the modern world. It starts out in America (probably in like Virginia or something), but the majority of the story takes place in a made-up country in Europe. Because apparently, I don’t like to write anything that’s a smidgen real. Favorite aspects? Uhhh… I dunno at the moment, but I’m thinking there’ll be some awesome medieval ruins or old, beautiful cathedrals (that is common in Europe, right? I hope I’m not making that up. XD) or just something which’ll be really cool!
4. Tell us about your protagonist(s).
Aaah eighteen-year-old Tess Young is the leading character of three. She’s probably got to be the one character I’ll have the most fun writing!! We have a lot of similarities. She’s a writer, and ambitious and extroverted like me. (Oh, yeah, and she’s a Skillet fan btw. *grins*). But she’s also very loyal and kind. (Though of course, she’s got her flaws because what kind of a character would she be without them. She’s very prideful at times, especially when she doesn’t want to admit she needs help.) And, I know there’s going to be more to her but I usually discover the most about my characters during the writing process. So I’ll leave you with a graphic.
ESFP // aspiring thriller novelist // fun // enthusiastic // ambitious // loves homey, southern life // friendly // loyal // stubborn // Skillet Panhead // hoodie lover // is probably eating chocolate right now // loves journaling and old typewriters
Okay, so then I have two other main characters but I’m still working on learning more about them, so I’ll just give you something short for each one.
ISTJ // serious // hard-working // total genius and he knows it // always wants to do the right thing // loves long walks // perfectionist // avid reader
ESTJ // mysterious // clever // rough around the edges // born leader // teases everyone // mischievous // former assassin (it’s complicated) // basically-running-from-his-past-but-doesn’t-want-you-to-see-how-broken-he-really-is kind of guy // hates nicknames (don’t ever call him Alex)
#5. Who (or what) is the antagonist?
Hehehehe *rubs hands together* Okay, so figuring out who the antagonist is, is basically the entire point of the story, but for now I shall just leave you with this villain’s name:
#6. What excites you most about this novel?
Probably the relatonship with Tess, Shane, and Alexsander. I want to focus a lot on friendship in this story (though, don’t worry, there’s still a love interest… but I’m not saying who 😉 ) so I’m just REALLY excited to get to work on writing about the three seemingly completely different people meeting each other and working together to catch this killer. And then also, of course, I’m suuuper excited to get back to work on some suspense writing after an almost two year break!
#7. Is this going to be a series, standalone, or something else?
Y’all no matter how hard I try I canNOT for the life of me write a standalone. It’s completely impossible for me!
Soooooo I’m have no intentions of this being just one book. I actually have a four-book series planned but I don’t know if I’ll go that far. I might just do a duology or something. But just for the fun of it, I’ll share you the titles for the other books.
Book one: Secrets We Hide
Book two: Lies We Keep
Book three: Missions We Fail
Book four: Battles We Wage
8. Are you plotting? pantsing? plansting?
Pantser all the way!!!!
Okay, if I’m honest, I’m doing some very, very, very minor plotting just because the last time I went into a heavy writing period with absolutely no idea what the story was going to be about, it didn’t end up so well. *glares at Heir to His Crown‘s first draft*. Anyway, it’s just some basic what’s happening and how’s it gonna end stuff. So more of a plansting but I’m leaning more to the pantsing side type of writing.
9. Name a few unique elements about this story.
Oooo okay, so I think the first unique element would be that I’m alternating between three POVS, Tess, Shane, and Alexsander. And, yeah, that’s probably not going to end well, especially since I have hardly any practice with multiple POVs, but I just really wanna try it out for the fun of it. And this is a novel, I don’t really plan on doing anything with, like trying to publish and stuff, so I’m kinda letting myself do whatever I want. 😉
I don’t really think there are any other unique elements to this story. It’s a pretty basic, simple plot and setting.
Alexsander’s a Russian former assassin, which I think is pretty fun but it might not be “unique” unique. *shrugs* (He’s also like twenty-four, which is unique for me because I’ve never written a character that old. I think the oldest one I’ve written was like 19, so this is gonna be fun.)
10. Share some fun “extras” of the story (a song or full playlist, some aesthetics, a collage, a Pinterest board, a map you’ve made, a special theme you’re going to incorporate, ANYTHING you want to share!).
Alright, so I have a full playlist, but for now, I’m just going to share two songs. I don’t know if they exactly perfectly fit the story, but they make me excited to write it. The big theme of this story is going to be fighting fear, and not just “being afraid” kind. But fear of not fitting in, fear of not being good enough, fear of failing. Those fears that fight to take control, it’s about fighting them and conquering!
And here’s a graphic:
Well, that’s a wrap. Lemme know down in the comments if you’re doing NaNoWriMo and what you’re working on!!!
I guess I’ll leave ya with this piece of advice for the upcoming month of writing insanity. 😉
Keep on being awesome and never stop writing,