Hello guys! So…I have an announcement!
I’m doing NaNoWriMo!!!
It’s going to be a little different from my previous novel writing attempts though, since I’m going to be rewriting my novel that I wrote waaaaay back in 2014, my very first month-long writing experience (I was inspired by Mirriam way back when, so I did it for JuNoWriMo, rather than NaNoWriMo).
You might know about this novel, I’ve been calling it Imprint forever, but currently, I’ve titled it Rewritten, which I think is quite fitting. XD I’ll probably keep referring to it as Imprint, because I can’t help myself, but on my NaNo page, it says Rewritten.
I’ve been slowly working on this book for nearly FIVE YEARS now, and…well, I’m putting my fist down. This will be THE FINAL REVISION. THE REVISION TO END ALL REVISIONS. Maybe not, but I am going to be done with this book after the month of November (I mean, I’ll probably still do SOME editing, but nothing huge).
I’M SO EXCITED GUYS. *does a little happy dance*
Basically, it’s a three part challenge October through December, this first part being an ‘introductory’ type of deal, where one can acquaint others to their novels through a series of ten questions.
Let’s jump in!
• What first sparked the idea for this novel?
I’ve always loved fairytale retellings, they were my main source of inspiration for my stories when I was younger. I liked the idea of a girl being able to travel into books, fairytales specifically, and what would happen if she messed up the story.
That was when I was ten, and though the story has morphed incredibly since then, I’ve still kept the idea, though very loosely.
• Share a blurb!
Since a young age, Paige Turner has been able to read herself into books. She never thought it would get her into trouble. One day while she’s at the bookstore, a cloak-wearing man tries to slit her wrists. Things only grow worse after that. Soon Paige and her friend Markus are caught in the middle of deadly feud between a vengeful wizard and a mysterious man. If they want to make it out alive, they’re going to have to have to use more than their booksmarts…
• Where does the story take place? What are some of your favorite aspects about the setting?
Half of the time it’s in a contemporary world, much like in real life. The other half takes place in my own little fantasy world, Nore.
I think my favorite part about Nore is that there are so many opportunities to spin things on their head it’s modeled after book genres, with realms like Contemporalis, Fanastasia, Mythologia, and such. To us, it appears to be the world of books, but to the inhabitants there, it’s just everyday life. Every realm is unique, and playing with different literary tropes found in different genres to give the realms their customs and culture is so, so fun. 😀
• Tell us about your protagonist.
Paige is a bookworm all the way. She loves reading in all genres, but fantasy and science fiction in particular. So…I mean, I kind of love her just for that? XD
She’s a tad reserved, quiet, but can be feisty if she’s really worked up. I’ve classified her as an ISFJ, if that means anything to you. She likes things just so, and she can get really anxious about things that don’t really need worrying about. She’s very empathetic and compassionate, which can (often, actually XD) get her into trouble, especially when it comes to the villains she has to deal with. She also has a major crush on the other main character Markus. They’re a cute couple, in my opinion, which doesn’t really count for anything, but… XD
• Who (or what) is the antagonist?
There are a few different villainous persons in this story, which is revealed more in the next books. The main antagonist is an evil wizard named Zedidiah.
He has crippling OCD, to the point where he’s willing to (and does) murder his own brother to be on the throne, since he thinks his brother ‘wasn’t doing a good enough job ruling the realm’. He’s a vengeful control freak who has very little feelings toward anyone (at least that’s what he tells himself. He has a… very, very sad but interesting backstory).
• What excites you the most about this novel?
I would have to say the characters honestly. I’ve fallen so deeply in love with them and their snark and sarcasm and painful pasts and I could just hug all of them (including the villains) to bits and pieces. ^_^
• Is this going to be a series? Standalone? Something else?
This will be a trilogy. Hopefully. That’s what I’m shooting for and what I’ve always imagined it would be since the very beginning. We’ll see!
• Are you plotting? Pantsing? Plansting?
I will be plotting. I have my shiny outline all finished and just waiting to be implemented. It’s actually a mess of a thing and I’m SO SCARED about what on earth is going to happen during November. But I think I’ll be okay. Kind of. For the most part. Maybe. Pray for me, guys. XDDD
• Name a few things that makes this story unique.
Ooh, I like this question! It really makes you think what will make your story stand out to editors and agents. My novel, in a way, is magical realism, since a good portion of the story takes place in our world, and that’s not something you see very often.
It bends lots of genres, especially once you get into the second and third books. Though…I’ve heard editors don’t particularly like that, unless it’s done crazy well… It makes it harder to market or something like that… O-O But it does make it unique!
• Share a fun “extra” 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!).
That’s all, guys! This is such a great idea, Christine, thank you for coming up with it! 😀 Are you guys doing NaNo this year? What’s your novel going to be about? (And if you want to be one of my writing buddies, just look me up, Madeline J. Rose and add me! I think I’ve friended a lot of you already, but if I haven’t, send me your link, please!)