NaNoWriMo 2015 Participation & Beautiful Books Link-Up

I’ve made up my mind! Even if I haven’t finished editing Break Up Buddy from last year, I feel like participating in NaNoWriMo again. So, here it is, my official announcement! (If you want me as your writing buddy, don’t hesitate to add me – click here to get to my profile!)

Now, you may wonder what changed my mind. Well, the past months I have participated in the Beautiful People Link-Up, but since NaNoWriMo is so close, Cait from Paper Fury and Sky from Further Up and Further have come up with a surprise – the Beautiful Books Link-Up. It let’s you introduce your novel and I just really wanted to join in again. But please bare in mind that it is still all very rough and a work in progress!

1. How did you come up with the idea for your novel, and how long have you had the idea?
Cristina @My Tiny Obsessions gave me the idea to write about this in some way after I had a dream and posted about it on Twitter. She said I should write about it and even though the story has nothing to do with my dream per se, it evolved from that. All that happened like a week ago.
2. Why are you excited to write this novel?
I really like NaNoWriMo and the excitement that comes with participating. I don’t know how it will all go down since I haven’t truly prepped for it yet, but writing in general just gets me psyched!
3. What is your novel about, and what is the title?
I want to remind everyone that this is a working title and it’s called “Dreamer”.
Whereas my last NaNo-novel was a ConRomCom, this one will be more Fantasy-ish. It’s about a guy who’s job it is to monitor dreams. He always wanted to be a field agent and go into people’s dreams to interact with them, but he failed all the necessary tests. Yet, one night something about the calibrations of the dream of the person he’s monitoring goes wrong and he goes into the dream landscape. After that he sort of gets addicted to it and that comes with certain dangers.
4. Sum up your characters in one word each. (Feel free to add pictures!)
Wick – dreamer
Clara – control
I haven’t really thought about anyone beyond that and yes, I am aware that the photos of the people look like the exact opposite of the words I used. Maybe that was intentional, maybe not.

5. Which character(s) do you think will be your favourite to write? Tell us about them!
I haven’t really written from the POV of a boy yet, so that will definitely be interesting. Also, he’s not entirely human, so that adds to the fun of creating him.
6. What is your protagonist’s goal, and what stands in the way?
Wick’s people are very different from normal people and he wants to have the full human experience and basically wants to feel all the feels. There are strict rules in his community though and what he’s attempting, messing with dreams and such, is very dangerous. Also a dream-person can’t just cross over into reality. They aren’t designed for that.
7. Where is your novel set? (Show us pictures if you have them!)
Okay, those are just a few impressions, because I have not thought about this in detail. I’d say for now my answer would be that the story mainly takes place in Clara’s apartment, Wick’s control room and the dream landscape.

8. What is the most important relationship your character has?
Wick’s relationship to Clara is the strongest, because he is sort of connected to her in a way he could never be with anyone else in his life.
9. How does your protagonist change by the end of the novel?
Hopefully he won’t have stopped to dream big by the end, but he should know when to fight his battles and who the most important people in his life are.
10. What themes are in your book? How do you want your readers to feel when the story is over?
I want them to feel hope – hope that everything is possible. There is of course romance in my book as well, how else could it be?

NaNoWriMo BONUS: Tell us your 3 best pieces of advice for others trying to write a book in a month.
– Taking breaks is totally okay and if you don’t reach your target by the end of the day nothing bad is going to happen! In fact, sometimes writing will be much easier after some time away from the story.
– Plan a little bit, but don’t plan everything! Leave yourself some room to improvise and add bits that come to mind randomly. You’ll need some planning in order not to get lost after a couple thousand words, but make it more of a loose guideline instead of every scene fully planned out. (Unless you feel like you need it that way, everyone is different after all!)
– Don’t stop writing after reaching your target of the day! If you are in the zone, just keep going, because you never know when it will come in handy that you’ve already written a couple words more than necessary.

Are you joining in with NaNoWriMo as well? What do you think of Dreamer? Could that story have potential? What is it you are writing about?

49 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo 2015 Participation & Beautiful Books Link-Up

  1. Wow, I really like the story you came up with! I’d love to read a bit of this! 🙂 I don’t think I’m going to join NaNoWriMo this year…well, I’m not sure, but it’s getting late and I haven’t done anything yet, so,I don’t know, haha! 🙂

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    • Thank you! 🙂 I might post parts of the story when I’m done, but it’s really too early to tell.
      Well, what you’ve read here is literally all I have for NaNoWriMo. I should do more plotting and planning, but I’ve just been so busy. I’m hoping that I can wing it again. hahaha

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  2. Omg I LOVE this idea!! It sounds so amazing and I adore your pictures for it. SQUEEEE! I hope writing it is super fun for you! 😀 And, weirdly enough, my NaNo book came from a dream too! Although it looks nothing like the dream now, but it did have origins there. hehe.
    Thanks for joining in! 😀

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    • THANK YOU! 🙂
      I am super excited about writing it and the idea doesn’t exactly mirror my dream anymore either, but it was still the inspiration for it.
      Also, thanks for hosting the link-up! I love joining in every month! You have such great ideas!


    • Yeah, you should! The Link-Up is really fun and the other months are really useful even for non-NaNo-stories.
      And yep! Clara was definitely a little inspiration for that. I am not very creative with names.


      • When I have trouble looking up names, I head to my dear alma mater’s website. They have a catalog of contact info for students and staff, and since the university has people from so many different backgrounds, it’s a useful hunting ground for fun or unique names.


      • Well, I like everyone from BuzzFeed, I am addicted to those videos. Sometimes I watch Hunter March, Alexis G. Zall or Mikey Murphy videos. I definitely have a tone of BookTubers I follow, like Jesse the Reader, Kat from Katytastic, Christina from PolandandbananasBOOKS, Tasha from Tashapolis, Joel Tiger, Ben from Benjaminoftomes, Ben from BangadyBangz and a ton more.
        I never attempted counting mine either. What are some of your favourites?


      • I have heard of none of these LOL.
        I do a lot of different stuff. I like Epic Rap Battles of History, the Nerdist channel, Fine Brothers Entertainment (their react videos are great),’s channel. I also do a lot of YouTube singers like Peter Hollens or Nick Pitera, as well as a few channels that are devoted to relaxing viewers, some comedy channels like How It Should’ve Ended and FilmCow, and so many more.
        I also follow Doctor Who’s channel. That’s great fun.


      • Uuuh, I like Epic Rap Battles as well, but the Princess ones. Also the people from the Nerdist – love them!
        I follow a ton of channels, but mostly the ones that host trailers for upcoming movies and TV shows and BTS material.


  3. Hi there! Sorry for asking, but I have heard about Nano.. for quite sometime now but I have no idea how does it work?

    Reading your post… it sounds like an activity that I wanted to join… 🙂

    Please share to me your knowledge about it? 🙂


    • Hey 🙂 sure thing! I can tell you all about it.
      NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and takes place every year during November. People attempt to write an entire novel with at least 50,000 words within that month. There is an official website you can sign up to, to track your process or to connect to friends. ( Basically you would want to write a whole story in 30 days, which means approximately 1,700 words per day.

      I hope this answers your question. If you want to know something in more detail, just ask 🙂

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  4. this sounds incredible. definitely a book I would read. can’t wait to see where it takes you! (and kudos to you for doing male POV…I’ve been writing in that POV for the past three years and it’s no easy road…but it can be very fun. 🙂 )

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  5. That’s a pretty cool story idea! It sounds like a mix of science fiction and fantasy, since it deals with test and monitoring, so it gives me the impression that machines will be used…? (I could be completely wrong, though.) Something about it also reminds me of Inception, one of my favorite movies ever. Have you seen it?

    Btw, nice to meet you! I’m finally getting around to my Beautiful Books post today, so here’s the link if you’d like to check it out:

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    • Thank you! I get why it would seem like it has a Science Fiction element, but so far there isn’t much planned in the department of machines, except for Wick’s control room. Most of it will play out in the mind of the dreaming person or the dream landscape as I call it. I always find it hard to really define a genre though, so I think it definitely has the Sci-Fi component in it. 🙂
      Of course I’ve seen Inception! Loved that movie, but I think I am far from being able to write something so sophisticated.
      Nice to meet you too! I’ll be heading to your post to check it out right away :D!

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