Timey-Wimey Snarkitude: My 2015 NaNoWriMo Novel

Okay, so that’s not the actual working title of my NaNo WIP this year, but it is pretty much the gist of the piece.

This post is brought to you by the incredible link-up, Beautiful Books, created by Sky of Further Up, Further In and Cait of Paper Fury. For more information on the link-up, check out the original post, here.

Below are ten Q&A’s about my upcoming NaNoWriMo project. I’m so excited about this project, guys! The story and characters have been lingering in my head for years, but it’s the third book in my series so it had to wait… :,(

BUT NOT ANYMORE! MUAHAHAHAHA (Did I mention I was excited?)

No. 1 – How did you come up with the idea for your novel, and how long have you had the idea?
When I was developing the series as a whole a few years ago, I mapped out all the different elements of nature that I wanted to play with for each protagonist. I had physical elements like water, earth, air, and fire, but I also wanted to bring human nature and the encompassing universal elements like time and space in as well.

So book 3’s protagonist Meredith was assigned the ability to manipulate Time & Space, which of course is never as easy as it sounds. I mean even The Doctor has trouble with it sometimes. (Fun fact: I developed this idea before becoming a Whovian… my fangirl game used to be super lame, but that’s since been rectified.)

I also knew that I wanted to write a character with the same brash intelligence and humor as Wesley from the Princess Bride, so Mer inherited that as well. After those two pieces were decided, the story and other characters began filling themselves in. My story-development brain basically works like an avalanche: starts off with one snowball then everything falls off the side of the mountain.

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No. 2 – Why are you excited to write this novel?
Time-Wimey-Wibbly-Wobbly Awesomeness and Snark… What’s not to be excited about?

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But seriously, this story has so many twists and turns and is harboring so much set-up for the last two books in the series that I NEED IT TO BE A DRAFT ALREADY! Plus it’s the first time that one of my protagonists gets to spend any time in a world that isn’t our own. So that’s exciting for me.

No. 3 – What is your novel about, and what is the title?
The working title is Enveloped, and the really shabby synopsis on my NaNo profile is:

Meredith Wilson hasn’t seen her home in four years. Instead she’s been shuffled around from boarding school to boarding school, never staying anywhere for very long, never hearing from her mother, never getting any explanation for her ability to manipulate time.

And so she makes use of it by keeping herself out of trouble. And getting into some.

All she has to do is finish this last semester of school before she can travel where she will, but this latest destination, Duluth, MN, offers love and friendship. And answers.

No. 4 – Sum up your characters in one word each.
Mind you this is at the beginning of the novel. Some of these change as soon as the midpoint… Did I mention this plot is twisty? *cue maniacal laughter*

Meredith – Snark

Wyatt – Badass

Peter – Chivalrous

Lena – Smart

Chuck – Adorable

No. 5 – Which character(s) do you think will be your favorite to write? Tell us about them!
Mer. Definitely. She’s smart and spunky and isn’t afraid to let people know what she thinks of them. Think Veronica Mars, but without the need to solve murders and such.

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No. 6 – What is your protagonist’s goal, and what stands in the way?
Mer wants to be able to find “her place” in the world. Not in the “who am I?” sort of way, but an actual physical place where she can finally lay roots and make friends without the fear of being shipped off to the next boarding school the moment she’s settled in.

This is her final semester before she turns eighteen and no longer has to obey her mom’s orders. Unfortunately, Mer finds out that all that moving around was for a reason: to avoid being abducted by the Council and used to tear open the veil between the magical and human worlds.

Of course it wouldn’t really be a story if her mother’s plan succeeded. Oh no, the Council finds her and Mer’s life – as fragile as it was – is dumped upside down.

No. 7 – Where is your novel set?
DULUTH, MN. It’s gorgeous up there, guys. So green and the air is so clean… it’s also right on Lake Superior, which is also quite lovely. 🙂

No. 8 – What is the most important relationship your character has?
Her relationship with Wyatt. They balance each other out and he’s the first friend that Mer can count on for the long haul.

No. 9 – How does your protagonist change by the end of the novel?
Good question… I mean she lets go of a lot of the anger she had toward her mom. She also finds “her place” in world, even though it doesn’t end up being a specific place, but a close-knit group of friends.

No. 10 – What themes are in your book? How do you want your readers to feel when the story is over?
Themes… So I’m bad at this one because I don’t really go into the first draft thinking remotely of what “themes” are supposed to be picked up on. My concern is more about the MC’s journey and what’s needed for the plot to move forward.

As for how I want my readers to feel when the story is over: emotionally exhausted. Like they just went on an epic, nonsensical rollercoaster of heartbreak and feels that they “can’t even.”

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If this series ever does get published and makes it to book 3, I’m looking forward to the responses to a specific scene in the MS where I’m sure more than one reader will chuck the book across the room. Again, *cue maniacal laughter*.

BONUS! Tell us your 3 best pieces of advice for others trying to write a book in a month.
1. Just keep writing.
It doesn’t matter if you get in your 1700 words for that day in description, just make the time to write those words.

2. Don’t worry about the quality. This is a pretty common piece of advice for NaNo, but don’t worry so much on the eloquence of a metaphor, just get down the meaning you’re aiming for then move on. Editing is for later.

3. Don’t be afraid to go off the rails. If you lock yourself in a little box, saying that you’re only going to write in sequential order, you have a higher likelihood to fail. So if one day, you look at your outline and feel like writing a scene a few chapters ahead of your current spot, do it! Enjoy what you do and you’ll have a better chance of avoiding burnout.

What about you? Are you doing NaNoWriMo this year? Join the link up and tell us about your NaNo project!

19 thoughts on “Timey-Wimey Snarkitude: My 2015 NaNoWriMo Novel

  1. Um… I don’t know anything about Book 1 or 2, but this sounds rather amazing! I’m even more excited to be your writing buddy now because you embody the same exuberance that I have and that’s awesome! (P.s. all the great lakes rock. :p)

    Additionally, this really explains how much thought you put into your books before you write them and… makes me realize how little I put into mine. >.> *glances at half-baked plot ideas for NaNo* *cough* Anyway… I’m really looking forward to this and the other books, of course! We’ll be doing a lot of chatting in Nov, I feel. :p

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  2. Time-Wimey-Wibbly-Wobbly Awesomeness and Snark” OMG I AGREE. How can one not love that?!?! I’m excited just reading your post!! (Snark is probably my favourite thing ever in books.) And omg, series! Series are so fun to write! My first ever writing project was a 7-book series. hehe. I LOVED IT SO MUCH. But it’s such a mess I don’t even look at it these days. BUT ANYWAY. I digress! 😀 I love the sound of your book (and also your advice at the end is fab) and I hope you rock NaNo!!
    Thanks for joining in the linkup!

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    • AWWW! Thank you, Cait! Snark is the best, though my other two MC’s didn’t really have it, so I’m excited to jump into Mer’s POV!

      And thank you for creating the linkup! Connecting with other writers is such an incredible part of this whole experience. Speaking of which, I’ll have to find you on NaNo! Thanks again! XD


  3. Bree! I agree with Cait and Melanie, your book sounds fantastic and the fact that it’s book 3 is just amazeballs, like books 1 & 2 are just as great which is dumbfounding to me bc I’m over her floundering with my first MS, ugh. You go girl!!! Rock Nano this year!!! I’m rooting for all of you 100%

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    • Your comments are always so encouraging! Did I mention that I’m really grateful to have [virtually] met you?!

      As for books 1 & 2, Book 1 is /almost/ great. lol Still a bit of fleshing out and polishing left to do before I start querying. *Fingers crossed!* But it’s on its way. As for Book 2, it needs a total deconstruction and rewrite. I’m just not ready to jump into that MC’s head again quite yet, so I’m treating myself to a vomit draft of Book 3. (Mer and Wyatt are kind of my favorite… Shhh, don’t tell the others.)

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      • OMG!!! I LOVE that you are so amazing! And it is such a blessing to have met you! I hope one that we get to met IRL bc I’d just love that! 😀 I totally get treating yourself, that’s why I think I’m running from my MS right now. If I’m being honest with myself, I overworked myself and now I need a break. I’m not quite taking the break yet, but I’m almost there, lol. Hence my planner thingy, I’m a silly goose. Instead of relaxing I make plans to relax…..*smh*

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      • I agree (to the meeting IRL bit)! Eventually, one day!

        And you’re preaching to the choir on the overworked, making plans to relax bit! Because I’m an uber nerd, I calculate potential word counts to relax… the only thing I use HS math for. lol My pre-calc teacher would be proud. haha. But I did let myself do some binge-watching over the last week. I finally watched the Flash and realized my protagonist’s love interest in book 2 is Barry Allen… writing has warped my brain.

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