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?
5. Which character(s) do you think will be your favourite to write? Tell us about them!
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.
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?