NaNo is coming up fast, and I’ve been wildly flailing to get ready. But it’s kind of hard to get ready when you don’t know what you’re writing yet. XD
I was trying to determine between two novels, but it was really getting me worked up and I just couldn’t choose one. Plus the outlines weren’t finished, and I there was no way I’d finish them in time.
So, I veered off in a totally different direction. Some of you may know about the Rooglewood Press Contest. This year’s challenge is writing a Snow White retelling. And so that’s what I’m doing. The story has to be under 20,000 words, so I’ll have to do some extra to make up for that, but that aside…
I’M REALLY EXCITED.
So today is a Beautiful Books. It will probably be incoherent and vague since I don’t even exactly know what I’m doing with this retelling yet, but enjoy nonetheless!
What inspired the idea for your novel, and how long have you had the idea?
I’ve thought about this contest since I first learned what fairytale we were challenged to retell. So…About five months? Me and my family came up with numerous ideas, but I finally decided on this one and I’m really excited to dive in!
Describe what your novel is about!
I’ve surprised myself by writing something with more of a historical fiction feel. I never write that, but hey, who can know the mind of a writer? It takes place in the 1920s in New York. There is much swing music, fedoras and suits, mystery, fun slang terms, and a mafia family (hint, hint, that family is the seven dwarves 😉 ). While I haven’t nailed down the plot yet, I already have my characters, and a basic direction to go in. More details to come!
What is your book’s aesthetic? Use words or photos or whatever you like!
Mystery. Black and white. Pearls. Mafia. Mirrors. A dash of magic.
Introduce us to each of your characters!
Well. That could take a while. XD But here are my main three:
Gwyneth // Snow White
Nathaniel // The Prince
Rhiannon // The Evil Queen
How do you prepare to write? (Outline, research, stocking up on chocolate, howling, etc.?)
Lots of flailing. Mild doses of panic. Much screeching.
Hahahaha, totally kidding. *nervous sweating* I usually write some sort of outline (both my favorite and least favorite part of the process) and then just pound it out.
But this year, I’m going for more a different approach. I’m still a total planner at heart, but this NaNo, I’m going to be partially winging it.
I know that sounds crazy coming from me (if you’ve known me any amount of time), but it’s not like I won’t have some sort of notes. I figure, it’s a novella. It’s short and I can play around with it. If I don’t like something, it’s a relatively simple fix.
I’ll probably be eating my words here soon. XD
What are you most looking forward to about this novel?
I’m really excited about the characters. I’m always excited about the characters. Sure, it’s great coming up with a super awesome idea, but it’s the characters that I’m always excited about. I can’t wait to see how I can tie in the classic tale with something of my own, while still making it original. It’s going to be a bit of a challenge. But it should be a good time. 🙂
List 3 things about your novel’s setting.
What’s your character’s goal and who (or what) stands in the way?
Gwyneth’s goal in this story is to find her dad who has disappeared under mysterious circumstances. She discovers a mafia family, who she starts to become friends with. But little does she know, she’s being hunted. By someone much stronger than any mafia family.
How does your protagonist change by the end of the novel?
Um…spoilers? *nervous smile because I don’t even know yet*
What are your book’s themes? How do you want readers to feel when the story is over?
I want readers to feel like they’ve been transported back in time to the Roaring Twenties, but to also, I want them to feel encouraged. Just because your small doesn’t mean you can’t do big things. ❤
Well, peoples, that’s it. Do you think this idea sounds interesting? Am I crazy? Are any of you doing NaNo this year? Maybe we can panic together in the comments below. ^_^