I know I have not written much of my novel since my last blog post, but in my defense I was unable to write yesterday because
1) Deacon and I went to work out, which is a huge progress because I hate working out.
2) Then we went to see Interstellar, which is a 3-hour movie.
3) Interstellar gave me literally the worst headache of my life. I was going to write when we came home, but I had to wait for the ibuprofen to kick in. So I lay on the couch with blankets over my face for an hour because I could not look at the light. But the headache would not go away, so I just went to bed.
So yes, the point of this is that everything is Interstellar‘s fault. But I’m back and better now. So onward!
I just found these questions from this blog via this blog. They are doing a 3-month long linkup about books that bloggers are currently developing. Great time to discuss my book for NaNoWriMo, yes? Yes.
I’ve missed the linkup date of the first post, but I thought I would start with those questions anyway.
What came first: characters or plot idea? Are you a plotter or a pantser?I guess the idea for the plot came first. I wrote down an idea for the story in my notebook back in April. I just found it the other day and laughed because so much is different now. Originally, there were going to be aliens and pirates. That idea was scrapped.
Do you have a title and/or a “back-cover-blurb”? My working title is Eminence, which I guess gets the job done. I might keep it that if nothing else comes to mind. I tried writing a synopsis a few weeks ago, but never did come up with a good one.
What wordcount are you aiming for when your novel is finished?For NaNoWriMo, the goal is 50,000 words by the end of the month. I really want to be able to get to the end of my story by that word count because I’ve never actually finished a novel for NaNo. But after the editing process, I would love for it to be longer than that. Maybe 60,000?
Sum up your novel in 3 sentences.In this fictional world, everyone has either died or has contracted a mysterious infection. Everyone, that is, except for the MC, who lives each day with her pet leopard and is absorbed in memories of her civilization. She thinks that she is the only one with her memory intact until she meets a man that holds memories of one of her friends that had mysteriously disappeared four years prior to the outbreak of the infection.
Sum up your characters in one word each. MC–fierce Elayer–inquisitor Ava–passionate Festus–deceived Center–powerful Rolla–leopard
Which character are you most excited to write? Tell us about them! I’m really looking forward to Elayer and Center. I’m not gonna lie, Center is hugely inspired by Kuvira from Book 4 of The Legend of Korra. I just love ruthless, powerful females. They make me all giddy.
What about your villain? Who is he, what is his goal?See above. Although I want to point out that Center is not the villain. I want to make that clear. She is just a piece of a larger puzzle. Same with Elayer. The term “villain” is a bit relative in this story. It depends on how you look at it.
What is your protagonist’s goal? And what stands in the way?Right now, her goal is to get water. Obstacle: distance Her larger goal is to save her civilization from extinction. Obstacle: as of right now, she does not believe that it is possible. Later, her obstacle will be things about Arcadia that she learns from Elayer.
What inciting incident begins your protagonist’s journey?Well, she’s on a journey to find food and water from the very beginning. It’s on this journey that she finds Elayer. Meeting Elayer is the turning point. At first, she thinks he is just like all the others with the infection. But then she touches him and sees his memories of Ava, which changes literally everything.
Where is your novel set?Fictional universe. I haven’t named the planet yet but there are two main civilizations. The island of Galt, and the mainland Arcadia. We later learn that the people of Arcadia sailed there a thousand years prior to the events in the story, driving out the people who had been living there and taking over.
What are three big scenes in your novel that change the game completely?First, the scene I described in question 9. Second, the scene where Ava must execute a child from Galt who has trespassed into Arcadia. Third, Festus giving his ring to the MC. And about 39808 others.
What is the most dynamic relationship your character has? Who else do they come in contact with or become close to during the story?I want to say the MC and Festus, but I haven’t been able to write that very well yet. So far, her relationship with Ava has taken control. But in terms of dynamics, maybe her relationship with Elayer. She can’t quite figure him out and he is always one step ahead of her.
How does your protagonist change by the end of the novel?Do I want to give this away? No, I don’t think so.
Do you have an ending in mind, or do you plan to see what happens? I definitely have an ending in mind. It was one of the first things I developed. I usually do that when planning a story–I get the beginning and ending down, a few points in between, and then go for it.
What are your hopes and dreams for your book? What impressions are you hoping this novel will leave on your readers and yourself? I guess the point I’m trying to convey is that we are always being manipulated by what is around us, whether that be people or ideas or culture or anything. And that you can believe in an idea, rationalize it, and be able to feel confident that it is the right thing, when in reality it isn’t.
P.S. I have not seen the new episode of Korra yet and I’m dying. But I can’t watch it until Deacon gets home.