Beautiful Books is a version of Cait and Sky's Beautiful People. It's a monthly link up for writers, normally we talk about our characters but for three months for NaNo it's all about the BOOKS! Whether you are doing NaNoWriMo or not, whether currently thinking about writing something or actually writing it, I highly recommend linking up with them as it is loads of fun!
So, obviously I'm doing NaNoWriMo next month.... was there ever any doubt? It there was, you most be new, so I'll just let you know that I'm obsessed with NaNoWriMo and it's basically my favorite thing ever (besides books). This will be my third year of November NaNoWriMo, I can't believe it's been so long. I feel like an entirely different person from the timid me that f*cked up her first NaNo novel even if she did technically win. That, with my three Camp Sessions, means this is my SIXTH NaNo all together! 6!
Okay okay, on to the questions! You do want to know what I'll be working on, right?
How did you come up with the idea for your novel, and how long have you had the idea? Hmm, I don't remember exactly how I came up with the novel but I think my initial thought was something along the lines of, what would it be like to not be able to talk? And it spawned from there. I don't remember the exact date but it was actually during/around NaNoWriMo last year that I first came up with this novel (as far as I remember). So it's been...brewing for a while now.
Why are you excited to write this novel? It's really my first straight up love story, I'd classify my novel Friendzone as a love story but not quite as much as this. With this novel, everything revolves around the romance. Also, it's a little bit of a tragic love story at that. That's exciting to me. Plus I'm playing around a lot with writing style with this one which I'm so excited for. Mostly though I'm just excited to finally write it!
What is your novel about, and what is the title?
It's about two very hurt and broken characters falling in love (and all the ups and downs), there's also some almost magical aspects, a battle of the bands, and various side characters who are almost as messed up and broken as the main characters. There are more interesting aspects (especially involving the MCs but I don't want to give all the good stuff away! I'm guarding it like a secret!)
It's called Alternate Ways Of Communication.
Sum up your characters in one word each. (Feel free to add pictures!)*
Which character(s) do you think will be your favorite to write? Tell us about them!
Definitely Noel and Liana, it's their story after all. But also Nessa, I think will be lots of fun. Mostly though I'm really excited to write Noel, he's a very complicated character who I'm already in love with.
What is your protagonist’s goal, and what stands in the way?
Well, Noel's main goal is to win battle of the bands and prove that nothing in his life has changed since his accident. Lots of stuff stands in his way, his hurting best friend, his concerned girlfriend(kind of ex, it's complicated), and his parents who just want to help him. More than anything though, he stands in his own way.
Where is your novel set? (Show us pictures if you have them!)
A fictional town in Maine.
What is the most important relationship your character has?
I don't want to say each other, but it does end up that way. I'm going to say for Liana it's either her Uncle Hal or her best friend Nessa. For Noel...hmm. His sister Kimmie or his kind of ex-girlfriend Jen.
How does your protagonist change by the end of the novel?
Liana definitely gets much more sure of herself and kind of learns a lot about who she is and who she wants to be and all that good stuff. Not a ton of drastic changes but some. Noel will, I think, kind of calm down and learn to be okay with himself and who he is.
What themes are in your book? How do you want your readers to feel when the story is over?
Love. Pain. LIFE. Relationships of all kinds. Between kids and parents (good ones and bad), friends, siblings, romantic obviously. Mostly I want readers to just have felt SOMETHING for the characters. I want them to be a little irritated with the open ending but also hopeful for the characters and their future.
BONUS! Tell us your 3 best pieces of advice for others trying to write a book in a month
1. Get ahead early! Even just a thousand words ahead for a couple days, build up a reserve so if you miss a day or two in the second or third week you don't fall behind.
2. Don't stress if you fall behind! You CAN ALWAYS CATCH UP. No matter what you can catch up, I swear. You just have to pace yourself. If you're three thousand behind don't sit down to write 3k in a row. Write a thousand, take a break. Write a thousand, take a break. Before you know it you'll have caught up!
3. Have FUN and don't stress about word count. Some people win really fast or they just keep writing and writing and writing. But that doesn't mean you're failing because you haven't won by the second week. Even if it's the last week, your 20k behind and know you won't win, as long as you're having fun and getting some words written, you haven't failed. NaNo's just as much about having fun and getting inspired to finish your story as it about having that 50k word count.
Are you doing NaNoWriMo? Can I convince you with promises of cookies and that I get funnier the more I write, I swear? Even if you aren't doing NaNo tell me what awesomeness you have planned for next month!