Cait @ Notebook Sisters and Sky @ Further Up and Further In,who usually run the Beautiful People linkup, started a special three-month linkup called Beautiful Books, centered around Nanowrimo 😀 This month focuses on plotting, hence my snazzy title.
Onward! 😀 This also made me realize that I’ve got quite a bit of planning left to do on my Nano novel, but since I wasn’t planning to do it for another week or so, I’m okay with that =P
This novel was sparked by remembering that I used to pretend to be John Wayne when I was really little, and I loved westerns for some reason. I should watch some again sometime.
1. What came first: characters or plot idea? Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Characters, definitely. The vague plot came the next morning =P I used to be a pantser all the way, then I got to be a mega plotter, but now I’m about half and half, since I get bored with too much plotting XD
2. Do you have a title and/or a “back-cover-blurb”?
The title will probably be Shivering. I don’t have a blurb yet, but I DO have a special little thing that will be at the start of the book 😀 It concerns Skinwalkers, the main villains.
A shivering, a shaking, a gnashing of teeth,
Hides upon shoulders, changing beneath,
Shifting bones and glimmering eyes,
Vicious heart in a wild disguise.
Death comes quickly, the price they pay,
The hide seeks life that was taken away,
Claws dig deep in flesh their own,
Muscles in shapes they ought not know.
A screaming, a suffering, a raking of claws,
A shifting, a breaking of all nature’s laws,
Magic flows where blood should be,
Fur consumes by slow degrees.
Misery comes to the thief that kills,
A bite begins what ends in chills,
Cold hide shelters a fleeting ghost,
Selfishly smothering its shifting host.
A shivering, a shaking, a gnashing of teeth,
Hides fall away, bones fade beneath,
Wrack and ruin from the stealing of life,
Powers held worthy despite hateful strife.
3. What wordcount are you aiming for when your novel is finished?
However many words it takes for the story to be told 😉
4. Sum up your novel in 3 sentences.
A grizzled cowboy (Joseph Eliot) must defend his town and friends from a group of marauding Skinwalkers. The town blames a local tribe (Old Joe’s friends), mistaking Skinwalkers for them, and the tribe blames Old Joe for the town turning on them. He has to straighten that mess out before the Skinwalkers destroy both parties.
5. Sum up your characters in one word each.
All of them? D: I’ll do a few of them. My main villain doesn’t have a name yet, so I’ll ignore him for now. Old Joe: Cowboy | Deyani:Adventurous |Cassandra Bloodfen: Outlaw (Or Liar, I’m not sure =P) | Mortimer Smith: Preacher | Oatsie: Snarky | Villain: Unknown (I’ll probably update this later. Or not. I might forget.)
6. Which character are you most excited to write? Tell us about them!
Honestly, probably Oatsie (Or Oatsy. Can’t decide on spelling). He’s Old Joe’s young horse, but he had a little mishap and ended up being enchanted. Now, he can telepathically talk to Joe, but no one else. He’s snarky, impatient, and has no problem with disregarding Joe’s orders and doing his own thing. He hates saddles and bridles, and makes sure to let Joe know.
7. What about your villain? Who is he, what is his goal?
I don’t know all the way yet! D: He’s a bit…amorphous at the moment. All I know is that he’s the leader of the Skinwalkers and very vengeful over something or other, which makes him want to take out the town.
8. What is your protagonist’s goal? And what stands in the way?
Old Joe wants to defend both the town and the tribe, but their anger, his roughness, and his impatience get in the way. Also, he’s basically out for just things like truth and justice and fabulous things like that.
9. What inciting incident begins your protagonist’s journey?
Skinwalkers attacking an outlying farm/ranch thingy and returning to the place the town is.
10. Where is your novel set?
At the core, a fantasy world. I mean, Joe has a talking horse, and there’s plenty of other magic floating around. On the surface, it’s basically a western. Towns. Saloons. Mines. Trains. The usual.
11. What are three big scenes in your novel that change the game completely?
Now why would I spoil that? 😉
12. What is the most dynamic relationship your character has? Who else do they come in contact with or become close to during the story?
Personally, I’m a big fan of Old Joe and Oatsie (Gruff older fellow and a sassy young horse), but Joe and Cassandra, the outlaw, come a close second. He’s all about doing the right thing and she’s about lying, cheating, and thievery. He hates her guts and she finds it funny. Joe gets closer to Deyani, and there’s someone else that I can’t talk about right now =P
13. How does your protagonist change by the end of the novel?
Hopefully he’s a touch more patient and a bit more humble. That’s what I’m going for, anyways. We’ll see what he wants to do.
14. Do you have an ending in mind, or do you plan to see what happens?
Oh, yes! The ending is very definite 😀 I’m really excited about it ^^
15. What are your hopes and dreams for your book? What impressions are you hoping this novel will leave on your readers and yourself?
Hmm…getting it published would be nice 😉 I’m hoping for it to leave some good adventurous feelings (Those are the best!), some suspense for the next one, and (My biggest hope) the idea that it’s important to do the right thing, even if no one believes you or if they blame you for the bad thing. You can’t get caught up in trying to clear your own name that you ignore all the other things that you could be making better. In the end, it’s all about the other people, after all. (Doing the right thing seems to be a big theme in most of my novels O.o Better than some themes, I suppose?)
This was so much fun! 😀 If you’re doing Nanowrimo, or simply have a fun WiP going, I would highly recommend heading over to either Cait or Sky’s blog and doing it yourself, along with putting a link in the linky so other people can see it 🙂
Click the pretty picture below to head over to Cait’s post 😀
Talk to you soon, and good writing!