The Nanowrimo Tag/Know the Novel Intro! (Writing/WIP Update #11)

I’m back! And today I’m sharing with you plans for my WIP for Nanowrimo, in the form of The Nanowrimo Tag and The Know the Novel linkup! 😀 First, I’m going to do the Nanowrimo Tag, created by Kristina Horner! Also I skipped one question that was about giving a summary of my project because there’s one like it in the Know the Novel linkup.

How many times have you done NaNoWriMo?

Um, I’ve technically done 12 Nano events (including the camps) in total, but I’ve done the official Nanowrimo in November 3 times.

How did you first find out about NaNoWriMo?

I think I found out about it through a friend at school in 2015? If I remember right we had some free time in class and I think we were both working on books we were writing and when I looked over and realized she was a writer too she told me she was doing it for Nanowrimo. I don’t think I’d ever heard of it before that point, but wanted to try it so my first event was July 2016’s Camp Nano. I think I thought of doing April 2016’s, but that would have been the month before I graduated high school so I decided to wait until summer. 🙂

What was the name of the first novel you attempted with NaNo?

The Monarch. I know, not very original. XD It was inspired by the seed of an idea my mom gave me when I was like 8, and it was also kind of inspired by the movie The Princess Protection Program, but hopefully more thrilling and less cheesy. XD The title was supposed to be a play on words sort of, like my main character was a princess, so she’s “The Monarch” and I thought maybe her country’s mascot/symbol or something would be a monarch butterfly? And like, she’s the monarch like how Katniss is the mockingjay? IDK, that concept didn’t really make it into the draft anyway. XD And I totally pantsed the first half of it and gave up because once I got to the middle I realized I had no idea where I was going and I got bored. 😛 But actually for pantsing, I think what I did write wasn’t bad. I think about it sometimes and there’s still stuff about it that I really like. I had fun writing it. Maybe when I study more about plot structure and character arcs I might go back to it one day?

What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever been given?

Oooh, that’s a good question…I have no idea. XD I’m still in the process of figuring out what actually works for me in my process I guess, so I don’t really know.

Did you ever take a year off from NaNo? Why?

Yes. 2017 because I was busy with college, and then last year because I was burned out and had a lot going on with blogging and other stuff.

What’s your biggest inspiration when figuring out what to write?

It can literally be anything I have an interest in. I can get a seed of an idea for a plot or characters from music, movies, tv, books, people, staring off into space, anything anywhere. XD

Share the first sentence from one of your novels.

“I haven’t said my name aloud in seven years.”

That’s from my first Nano project, The Monarch, which I mentioned above. Not bad huh? I forgot that was the first line and when I went back to my doc to see what it was I actually wanted to reread the whole thing. It’s nice when you realize you’re actually having fun reading your own writing. XD

Why do you love writing?

Hmm, another good deep question. I think because it’s always fun to create worlds and characters, and I can express truth through writing that’s hard for me to get across out loud.

Now for questions from Know the Novel; a 3-part blog linkup created by Christine Smith to post about our novels over the last three months of the year, so I guess one before Nanowrimo, one during, and one after! Today I’m doing Part One for October: Introduction. 🙂

What first sparked the idea for this novel?

I’m going to try to finish the first draft of Project Gander that I started in April’s Camp Nano earlier this year, which I introduced in my WIP Update #7. And as I said there, I was inspired to write it by the musical Come From Away, and also the book The Day the World Came to Town by Jim DeFede. 🙂

Share a blurb (or just an overall summary if you’d prefer)!

A 20-yr-old struggles with her mental health as she is stranded in Gander, Newfoundland during the events of 9/11, and learns through the locals and fellow passengers how to have hope in unconditional love even during times of chaos.

Where does the story take place? What are some of your favorite aspects about the setting?

Gander, Newfoundland, Canada! Idk, just that the story this is inspired by actually happened. How the locals really just selflessly cared for the “plane people” and gave them anything they needed, whether it was food, letting them shower at their houses, or emotional support; and the lifelong friendships that came out of it even though it was during a time of tragedy. It warms my heart to know that I don’t have to make that up. ❤

Tell us about your protagonist(s).

Hmm, I don’t want to share too much, but I will say a few basics: my main character is 20 years old, she has long blonde hair and gray eyes, her birthday is May 31st, 1981 (which is CRAZY to think about having a WIP set during an actual time period cuz she’d be 39 now IRL O.o ) her Meyers-Briggs type is ISFJ and her name starts with a V. 😉

Who (or what) is the antagonist?

Um, I guess the attacks? And being stranded because of them and trying to get home? And there’s also her internal conflict with her mental state and bonding with the people she meets in Gander. I’m having a hard time figuring out how the climax is supposed to go in a story like this. XD

What excites you the most about this novel?

I don’t know. The more I think about it I get intimidated, though at least I’ve actually done a more structured outline with it now. XD I’m still kind of worried the middle will be boring like with most of my WIPs, but the three main characters I’ll have on the page the most I’m excited to write about, and some of the exciting scenes in the beginning when nobody knows what’s going on might be fun. Or really emotionally trying. Or both. XD

Is this going to be a series? standalone? something else?

Definitely a standalone.

Are you plotting? pantsing? plansting?

I’m trying my best to plot, but I think I’m definitely a mix of both, so probably plantsing.

Name a few unique elements about this story.

Uhhhhh it’s my first attempt at historical fiction? If you want to call it that. I mean it’s set around a historical event and the world has changed a lot since then, but I was alive and also a lot of things don’t feel that different so it feels contemporary too. XD I mean it’s not like I’m writing a book set in 1874 or something. 😛

Also I thought about adding my main character’s backstory in through flashbacks, but I don’t know if I can handle that in the first draft. I don’t want to overcomplicate my first attempt at structured outlining. XD

And it’s inspired by a musical? Which you already know. 😛 I don’t think it has that many “unique” elements, I mean what qualifies as unique?

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!).

Here’s a little aesthetic I just threw together. 🙂

Credit from Pinterest and Canva

Playlist Song!

And of course I end every WIP Update with a song from my playlist! I have really been loving this song recently. It really makes me think of the theme of Project Gander, and the world really needs to be reminded of this right now too.

Well that’s it for this post! I hope you liked it. Also if anyone also doing Nanowrimo wants to add me as a buddy on the site, my profile is here! Let’s be friends! 🙂

I hope you enjoyed this post! Are you excited for Nanowrimo this year? I decided from today through November I’m only going to be posting on Tuesdays so I can focus on writing and other things and I think that’s all I can handle right now. I hope you understand, but I’ll see you next week with my October Wrap Up! 🙂

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12 thoughts on “The Nanowrimo Tag/Know the Novel Intro! (Writing/WIP Update #11)

  1. This was so much fun reading about your NaNo experiences and your novel!!! 😀

    That first line from your first ever NaNo novel is SO GOOD and already has me hooked! Seriously, that is one epic first line. I need your first lining skills! Haha.

    And EEEEEE!!! The book you’re writing for this NaNo sounds AH-MAY-ZING! I adore that you’re choosing to write something from real events, and such hopeful events too! I think, right now especially, we all need reminding that there are kind people in the world, and always someone out there to help. So you telling the story of that point in history is so special! It sounds like it will be a beautiful, heartwarming read!

    Thank you so much for joining the linkup and sharing this goodness with us! I hope the writing goes wonderfully! ❤

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  2. I love that your story takes place in Gander at 9/11, I’ve never heard about it before but it’s such a sweet bit of history! I LOVE that aesthetic!!!

    I hope writing goes well for you! ^_^

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  3. The setting and the time period sound really unique for a fiction story. And your protagonist sounds interesting (and slightly mysterious since I don’t know her name).
    I love your aesthetic! And that song is so good.

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