NaNo Eve

Friday, October 31, 2014

'Twas the night before NaNo and all through the house
My family was being annoyed by the click of my mouse.
My fingers were flying 'cross my keyboard with ease
And I was loading up on plenty of caffeine.

So tomorrow is NaNo. And I'm really excited, but also nervous. I stayed up outlining until one o'clock last night. My novel seems so much clearer now--meaning I actually know how it is going to end (and how I'm getting to the end.) I must admit though: part of my outlining was due to the fact that I just like to make lists and scribble on paper. 

I'm all stocked up on coffee for the opening weekend (I highly doubt it will last all weekend...), and I have my novel soundtrack all lined up. For once, I'm prepared to write my novel. All my plans will probably come smashing to the ground and I'll hate my original ideas after I finish writing my first chapter. It happens. I'll just go with the flow and see where the story takes me. 

The more I plan my novel, the more I fall in love with my characters. They really came to life this past week. I think all you other writers out there will understand; these characters of mine are so real. They are dear friends of mine, and I love spending time with them. That's why I have to write their story.

So here's to the coming month. I have a feeling that it's going to be a good month of writing and that things will go smoothly (I've been wrong before, but I'm choose to think positive). Pour your heart into your story--it won't be told unless you tell it. May the writing odds be ever in your favor, my friends.


Beautiful People // Kade and Emma

Saturday, October 18, 2014

I sat down to do some novel planning tonight and came to the conclusion that I need to know my characters a little better. So I raided the Beautiful People archives. I'm going to do my two main characters, Emma Chase and Kade Hagan. Boy oh boy, do I enjoy doing these!

Emma Isobel Chase

1.) Do they have any habits, annoying or otherwise?
She unconsciously twists her hair around her index finger when she's thinking. It annoys Kade. A lot. Lucas, on the other hand, finds it quite endearing.

2.) What is their backstory, and how does it affect them now?
Emma's mother was killed in an accident when Emma was five and her father was always away on business trips, so she was raised by her older sister and brother. In Emma's sophomore year, her sister got married, her brother joined the Navy SEALs, and her father went on another business trip--she hasn't heard from him since. Four years later, Emma is insecure because she feels abandoned by her family. She's willing to risk everything to find her father and not be alone anymore.

3.) How do they show love?
If Emma loves someone, she will do anything for them--from writing a smiley face on a post-it note and sticking it in their lunch box, to teaming up with two CIA agents.

4.) How competitive are they?
She's actually pretty competitive, though she hides it well. She especially loves to compete with Kade--she'll do almost anything to beat him.

5.) What do they think about when nothing else is going on?
Her family. Emma still stays in touch with her brother and sister, though it isn't as much as she would like. She also likes to imagine what her reunion with her father will be like when she finds him.

6.) Do they have an accent?
Nope, not at all.

7.) What is their station in life?
Emma is a college freshmen, so she's at the bottom of the totem pole (I'm not sure what her major is yet).

8.) What do others expect from them?
Not a lot. Most people take one look at her and see a quiet girl, so they assume that she either can't or won't do a lot. That only adds to Emma's insecurities. Then Emma meets Kade and Lucas, who quickly realize that Emma is a sweet girl who can actually be quite cheeky when you get to know her.

9.) Where were they born, and when?
Emma was born in Washington, D.C. on July 15, 1995.

10.) How do they feel about people in general?
Although Emma is a people person, people scare her. It takes her a while before she starts to feel comfortable around someone. She believes that most people can redeem themselves.


Kade Matthew Hagan

1.) Do they have any habits, annoying or otherwise?
Kade cleans his gun when he is upset. He does it mechanically, without even realizing what he's doing. Emma was the first person to notice.

2.) What is their backstory, and how does it affect them now?
Kade grew up watching James Bond movies--as a result, his childhood dream was to be a super-spy. When he was ten, his parents divorced and Kade moved to England with his mom, in hopes that he would become like the dashing agent 007. He soon got homesick for the U.S. though, so he moved back to America with his dad when he was 16. After he graduated, Kade decided to make his childhood dream a reality. So he joined the CIA. And he loves it.

3.) How do they show love?
It takes a while for Kade to get to the point where he starts to show love. He's used to putting up walls, because having feelings is dangerous in his line of work. When he finally does show his feelings, he is very subtle about it. He usually starts by making small compliments. Then he does things like emptying the garbage. The truth is, Kade is unsure of how to express love--it's been so long since he's felt love for anything other than his job.

4.) How competitive are they?
Very competitive. Kade wants to be the best at everything, though he does feel a little amused when Emma bests him. She's the only person that makes him feel that way.

5.) What do they think about when nothing else is going on?
Kade is constantly planning ahead--that's how he survives. But since he's been charged with watching Emma, he mainly thinks about keeping his real mission a secret.

6.) Do they have an accent?
He doesn't, although he has perfected his James Bond impression. He claims that it has made girls swoon. Emma and Lucas refuse to believe him.

7.) What is their station in life?
Kade is the golden boy of the CIA. He still has a way to go before he's at the top, but he's been promised a promotion if he can pull off this mission.

8.) What do others expect from them?
Everyone expects perfection from Kade. He has to pull off his current mission and it has to go off without a hitch.

9.) Where were they born, and when?
He was born in Washington, D.C. on January 7, 1991.

10.) How do they feel about people in general?
Kade has a cynical view of people, thanks to an issue he had--and still has--with his father. Except for his work friendship with Lucas, Kade finds it easier to be a loner. He isn't really a people person.

Does Beautiful People help you figure out your characters?


Beautiful Books::October

Saturday, October 11, 2014

First off--doesn't the word 'October' look so pretty? It's one of my favorite months.
Today I'm going to link up to Sky's Beautiful Books meme.
What is it? This is a 3 month link-up event that is designed to help writer's get 
to know their novel. It was created with NaNoWriMo in mind--which is good, because I am so lost with my NaNo novel for this year. So here goes.

1. What came first: characters or plot idea? Are you a plotter or a pantser?
The plot came first. Then it was followed by some of my favorite characters. I'm usually a panster, but this year is different--I actually know what I want to happen with this story. It's a nice feeling.

2. Do you have a title and/or a "back-cover-blurb"?
The working title is called "Chase", because the main character's last name is Chase and they are chasing down her dad. It's really lame, I know. But it's the only title I could come up with, and I'm the type of person who would rather have a lame title than no title. Here's a little synopsis:

Emma Chase never expected two strange men to be waiting in her living room when she came home from work. And she never dreamed that they would claim to have information on her missing father. When these strangers ask Emma to come with them, she goes against her better judgment and trusts them. In a matter of hours, Emma learns that her father works for the CIA and that her life is in danger. She is instantly relocated with two CIA agents to keep tabs on her. What Emma doesn't know is that the CIA hasn't been completely honest with her...

3. What wordcount are you aiming for when your novel is finished?
I'm hoping for at least 80,000 something. Let's keep our fingers crossed, shall we?

4. Sum up your novel in 3 sentences.
Do run on sentence's count??
Quiet Emma is forced to live the life of a spy when she learns that her father is a CIA agent. Thanks to her father's latest mission, there are people out to kill Emma. So Emma's father asks two fellow agents--Kade and Lucas--to watch over his daughter--or so Emma is told.

5. Sum up your characters in one word each.
Emma Chase - misjudged
Kade Hagan - driven
Lucas Backer - humorous

6. Which character are you most excited to write? Tell us about them!
My favorite character is Kade Hagan. He is one of the two agents that were sent to live with Emma. Kade is used to dangerous missions, so he isn't too thrilled when he is assigned to 'babysit' some girl. The only thing that consoles him is knowing that he isn't just babysitting--there's much more going on. What I love about Kade is that he's dark and mysterious--partly because of his work, partly because of his past. He is such a complex character. I think he's going to be fun and challenging to write.

7. What about your villain? Who is he, what is his goal?
Hmm... I haven't made it that far in my plotting. Some could say that the CIA plays a bit of a villain, since they are holding out on Emma. But my main bad guy has yet to make an appearance.

8. What is your protagonist's goal? And what stands in the way?
What Emma wants more than anything is to find her father, who has been missing for five years. She isn't satisfied with the message he sends through the CIA--she wants to be with him and make sure he leaves his CIA days behind him. But before that can happen, Emma needs to be out of danger and her father needs to finish his mission.

9.What inciting incident begins your protagonist's journey?
Emma is sent to live with two CIA agents, because her father's work has put her life in danger.

10.Where is your novel set? In a small town outside of Baltimore (I think... I have yet to decide).

11. What are three big scenes in your novel that change the game completely?
i.) In the prologue--before Emma moves in with Kade and Lucas--we learn that Emma's father went missing on his last mission, and hasn't been heard from since. The CIA is worried that he may have went rogue--so they want to track down Emma in hopes that they can use her to draw her father out.
ii.) Emma gets some news about her older brother, who is a Navy Seal. Later on, she realizes that Kade lied to her about the news.
iii.) Emma finds out that the CIA has been lying to her about finding her father.

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?
That would probably be the Emma-Kade relationship (or as I like to call it, "Kemma"). They can't stand each other at the beginning of the novel. Like, really can't stand each other. Emma thinks Kade is a grumpy, cold-hearted Spook. Kade thinks Emma is a naive girl that he has to babysit. Both are wrong (except for Kade being grumpy--Emma is right about that). Throughout the novel, they start to realize that their first impressions weren't accurate and learn to actually get along.

13. How does your protagonist change by the end of the novel?
Emma gains confidence that she never had. She also learns that she can do some major butt-kicking when she needs to.

14. Do you have an ending in mind, or do you plan to see what happens?
I have an ending in mind, though there are still a few loose ends that I don't know how I'll tie up. My plans will probably change by the time I get to the last chapter, though (they always do).

15. What are your hopes and dreams for your book? What impressions are you hoping this novel will leave on your readers and yourself? (This is your mission statement, one you can look back on when the road gets tough.)
I originally thought of this novel as a TV show script, but was too lazy to write it out in script form (I hate writing scripts. a lot. novels are easier). The thought of it ever becoming a TV show is awesome, but pretty near impossible (so I console myself with picking out a dream cast and thinking of a soundtrack). What type of impression do I want it to leave? I don't know. I guess I want people to finish it thinking it was a really good book that should be turned into a movie. I really want it to be a page turner. Hopefully the characters will be real and stick with people.

Are you going to do the Beautiful Book link-up? What about NaNoWriMo--anyone else doing it this year? 


Everyone Needs a Good Fairytale

Thursday, October 9, 2014

So there's this show called Once Upon a Time.

The 22 Most Convincing “Once Upon A Time” Fan Theories

My mom and I discovered it on Netflix (ah, Netflix).
And my family instantly fell in love with it.

We Are Both - Regina Plots an Escape Once Upon A Time TV Show

It's really clean.
And funny.
And the characters are lovable.

Once Upon A Time

It's about a bunch of fairytale characters that have been cursed by the Evil Queen
(from the story of Snow White) to the town of Storybrooke, Maine.
Nobody remembers who they really are. As far as they know, they have lived in 
Storybrooke their whole lives. That all changes when a little boy discovers a 
storybook and figures out that everyone is just a cursed fairytale character.

Once Upon a Time Season this show

Every episode ends with a cliff hanger.
Every. single. one.
Because of that, I am now caught up and the episodes and enjoying the new season.
Now I just have to wait until Sunday for the next episode.

That awkward moment when Captain Hook becomes your favorite character. - Once Upon a Time.

^This guy right here is one of my favorite parts of the show.
Captain Hook. A 'dashing rapscallion.'
Didn't take long for him to win me over.
I think he's more charming than Prince Charming.

Once Upon a Time - Captain Hook aka Killian Jones played by Colin O'Donoghue. #OnceUponATime #OUAT #TV_Show

That's all the promoting/fangirling I'll allow myself.
Just take my advice and try the show.
It's pretty good.


The Story

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

It all started when I wanted to write a book about a girl who had been separated from her family in a war. Problem was, I wanted the story to take place in America in modern times. So I decided to set my story in the future. And I really liked how the story was going. Then I completely forgot about it.

 I know, I have problems.

Not long after, I read a book about a bunch of Saxons 'rebels' fighting against the Romans in early England. After I finished the book and fangirled over it for a couple of days (because that's how I roll), I decided that I wanted to write a story about rebels--because obviously rebels are exciting.

So I started to write. And things went horribly wrong. I had no plot. My big ideas were all based off the book I had just read. That meant one thing--I had to sit down and brainstorm. It didn't take long for me to remember my old story that I had started about the girl who was separated from her family. All my original ideas flooded my head again.

And inspiration came in waves.

That, my friends, was how Beginning of the End came into being.

Now, years later (since 2012 at least... quite honestly, I've lost count...) Beginning of the End is finished and is in the editing stage. This story has twisted so far from what I originally imagined. Characters have come, gone, turned from good to bad & bad to good... One thing I have learned from this story is that nothing is ever set in stone when it comes to writing.

But enough of my writing revelations.

Beginning of the End takes place in the future and tells the story of a society that gets lazy and gives up their rights to the government. The country's leader takes advantage of this new power and uses the government as a weapon to get what he wants, instead of a tool to protect the country. Not many people know what is going on and those who do know either don't care, or are too scared to do anything, until a young teenager named Peter comes along and gathers a group of people who are willing to do what it takes to get their freedom back. These revolutionaries are brushed off as young rebels who won't amount to anything.

Unfortunately for the government, these 'rebels' mean business. People keep joining the fight for freedom. The president--who is really just a dictator--decides that the best way to put out the fire is to kill Peter-- who is now in his twenties with a young wife and baby. But killing the leader of the rebellion doesn't kill the spirit of rebellion. Peter's teenage nephew takes control of the Rebels--and Peter's orphaned baby daughter.

Flash forward 16 years to 2079. Peter's daughter, Brynn, is now sixteen years old and ready to fight against the government that made her an orphan. She joins the special ops team and puts her whole self into the rebellion, hoping to get revenge in the process. Then, she discovers that there's a spy in camp...

And that's all I'm going say.

This story is more than a story to me. It's still needs smoothed out in different areas. Some days I read over my writing and think, 'This is horrible! Why do I write such junk!?' Then I sulk around and feel bad for myself. But I always come back to this novel because beneath the clunky sentences and plot holes, I see potential in this idea. And I intend to polish this book until I feel like it's actually good. Quite honestly, I'd really like to see at least 1 person fangirl over my story. Is there anything wrong with wanting that? 

I was on a inspiration high, editing every chance I got, even letting my cousin read it (who is now my writing buddy--I'm so proud of him!). But I put writing on the back burner for a little, thanks to a show called Once Upon a Time. That, however is a whole other post. Seriously, though, it is one of the best shows ever. and I love Hook.... okay, time to stop fangirling.  Now my plan is to get back into writing and start preparing for NaNoWriMo (that's right, I'm going to do it this year. or at least attempt to do it). I think I may do the sequel for Beginning of the End. Or maybe I'll do some random idea that pops into my head at the last minute. You never know with me.

How's your writing going?