Hey guys!! Can you believe it?? NaNo is almost here! It seems like the time has flown waaaaay too fast.
This year, I’m going to do Paper Fury’s Beautiful Books again, and introduce you to my NaNo Novel. This year, I’m going traditional and starting off with an entirely new story.
What inspired the idea for your novel, and how long have you had the idea?
Ummmm… I’ve had the idea for about a week? But I’ve got the feeling that it’s going to be a good storyline for me to write this NaNo. Actually, the first little paragraph inspired this story:
When I was younger, I dreamed. My journals were filled with princesses and exotic lands and life beyond what I could see. I wrote of space, of the ocean, of big cities.
But now, my journals are filled of now, of here.
Describe what your novel is about!
Every summer since Flip was eight, she’s gone to her grandparent’s farm for the summer. Every summer since Flip was eight, her journals have been about places beyond her reach. This year, Grandpa can’t remember. A family meeting determines that they need to move into town, where Grandma can take care of him better. Flip isn’t there to hang out for the summer, she’s there instead to help them get it ready for sale. And this summer, her journals are about there.
The story isn’t completely fleshed out since… yeah. The story is told through her journal entries. Anyways, that’s what I have so far. Whaddya guys think?
What is your book’s aesthetic? Use words or photos or whatever you like!
Introduce us to each of your characters!
Considering that I came up with this idea only… um, not that long ago, I have three characters so far. I have a feeling the others will happily insert themselves in to the story.
First, there’s Philippa, the main character. And the only reason I chose the name Philippa was so that I could nickname her Flip. Cuz that just sounds like a great nickname. She’s the main character of the story.
Then there’s Grandpa. I’m not sure what to have his last name be. Anyways, he’s the one who owns the farm and is Flip’s hero. He is also currently losing his memory.
And last, but definitely not least, (she plays a HUGE role in the story), is Grandma. She quickly becomes a hero to Flip because of how she holds the family together, even through the difficult circumstances they are going through.
How do you prepare to write? (Outline, research, stocking up on chocolate, howling, etc.?)
What are you most looking forward to about this novel?
Exploring how Flip’s emotions and how she’s going to change throughout the story.
List 3 things about your novel’s setting.
Farm. Definitely the farm since, you know, that’s where she’s spending her entire summer.
Bedroom. Because that’s where she journals.
Horses. Because how can I, the horse crazy author, not write about horses?
What’s your character’s goal and who (or what) stands in the way?
Her goal is to save her grandfather’s farm. And everything stands in her way. Herself, her grandfather, circumstances, life…
How does your protagonist change by the end of the novel?
She grows to know that not everything can be an instant “yes,” sometimes there has to be a wait… and sometimes the answer is “no.”
What are your book’s themes? How do you want readers to feel when the story is over?
Themes… feelings… I haven’t really got this part figured out yet… I think I want them to feel happy like the story ended the way it should, and optimistic, like good things are going to happen.