MEET MY NANOWRIMO NOVEL

November 06, 2017

It's day six of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and I AM SHAMEFULLY LATE TELLING YOU ALL WHAT MY NEW NOVEL IS ABOUT. So maybe, if you are part of my "cabin" or have heard me announce it in some comments, you may have a slight idea. But now for the first time will I reveal it in full! So, prepare to ...





I shall be using the Beautiful Books link-up hosted by Cait @ Paper Fury and Sky @ Further Up and Further In. I know, I know -- I AM RIDICULOUSLY LATE. But you know, LIFE.



I give all credit to Jem Jones. Once upon a time she had a bunch of Pinterest inspired superhero prompts and one of them grabbed me and never let me go. It just stuck and here I am now writing it. This was the inspiration:




What if your arch nemesis and best friend were one and the same?

They both lead two lives. Robert Cayden Steele seems to be just a poor kid raised in the gutter whose hard work has finally paid off. And what everyone thinks about Mary Anna Goodwin is that she's the only the mayor's niece, lavished with all the money she'd ever want. But that's only the surface of things.

Because when the darkness falls each night, one becomes the Fox -- bane of every high class citizen and master burglar whose robberies continue to baffle all of Delta.  And the other turns into Snow -- superhero who has sworn to take him down. 

When Fox threatens to steal the mayor's 100 million dollar painting on Christmas eve, Snow jumps into action. For ages she, as well as the police's finest, have tried and failed to catch him . But not this time. There's going to be showdown, once and for all, before a hundred of the city's greatest people at the mayor's Christmas ball.

But until that happens, Fox and Snow have ordinary life to live -- as Rob and Anna who room at the same boarding house, who study in the same college ... and who becoming increasingly curious and interested in each other. 

What they don't see coming though, is that soon, his enemy might be his best friend, and her best friend might be her nemesis.






feet on the rooftops // golden sunrise // neon nightlights // white vs. red // rundown boarding house // rain on the eaves // cobbled streets // first snows // coffee shops // washing dishes at soup kitchens // clean cut college lawns // midnight dances

Also the aesthetics are all here *gestures around*






So, as you have already learned, I have two main characters -- Rob and Anna. So it's no secret that they are our two "frenemies". Rob has had a pretty rough childhood and is now the bane of the city and a master burglar, while Anna has had the most luxurious growing up years possible, but she's still a superhero. As for appearance Rob is red haired, sharp-faced (like don't ask me what that means -- all I can say about his face is that it's sharp), and always wears hoodies. Anna is white haired, with ice blue eyes, and wears pale blue and white and ... she has this clean and calm look. (And don't ask me about their superhero lives or powers -- that's secret identity you know. And NO DON'T LOOK AT ME LIKE THAT IT ISN'T AS IF I DON'T KNOW WHAT THEIR POWERS ARE OR ANYTHING. What makes you think that????)

As for my side characters, there's a ton of them. For example ...

// Anna's family. She has one brother of fourteen who is the only person in her ordinary like who knows she's a superhero. There's her fashion model mom who cannot understand her wanting to become a cop (and yes that is what she went to college for). As for her step dad, he's pretty cool with anything she does, but always sticks up to her mom and says, "Anna, your mom has a point." Nothing more than that XD

// There's their other two housemates, Max and Ashleigh. Max is an incredibly enthusiastic funny character who goes into fan boy mode when he discovers who Anna is (that is, mayor's niece). Ash is a really sweet nice girl who grew up in similar areas as Rob -- except her family was there to help the poor people and the street kids. Like she wasn't actually a poverty stricken person herself. The old lady who owns the house appears really grumpy at first but she really has a heart of gold and loves cooking for her students XD

// I also have some of Snow's superhero friends ... but that would take a long time to explain ;D Let's just say she knows a water-walker, and a guy who morphs into a tom-cat. Plus others of course, not that I have them figured out. Ha.





I was supposed to do research before beginning this. Did I? You guessed it. #NOPE. But heh yes I DID ACTUALLY OUTLINE THIS TIME. For the first time in forever. I did a brain dump of all my ideas and sorted them out on paper ... then did a table of contents and threw various interesting events into each chapter. I have every chapter summed up in one line ... so I'm done? My outline is 30 lines long and I AM SATISFIED. (I also do have other charts and lists and collages and q+a sheets but hush that doesn't even count.)



I LOOK FORWARD TO BEING DONE WITH IT. I mean, be honest, don't we all (look forward to being done with our novels, and yes, you do look forward to me being done with mine, right??)??? But in all seriousness ...

// I look forward to weaving in a more complicated plot ... with a bigger enemy, with huger stakes, with subplots and little conflicts, and twists. I have some great stuff in mind and I really want to see it surface on paper ...

// I look forward to developing my characters. I want to see my side characters become "part of the family" (you know), and my two main characters changing and evolving and developing ...

// I look forward to winning this Nanowrimo and having this all handwritten in my 500 pager green notebook and being able to ruffle through the pages and saying "HEY LOOK WHAT I'VE ACCOMPLISHED" :P



// It takes place in a huge city called Delta. It's generally a modern setting -- it doesn't have that much sci-fi elements, except the superheroes of course. So far I haven't started drawing a map but I hope to do so at some point and figure out the different areas of the city. All I know is that my characters are living in the central area ... whilst Snow's family lives in the wealthy district in the North, and Rob comes from the South ...

// Delta is a huge city, so like all regular huge cities, it has two sides. The luxurious rich beautiful side as well as the dark dirty slum-like side and I hope to explore both worlds in my book.

// It also alternates between the streets and ground level and the rooftop level. My superheroes live on the rooftops, pretty much. And I visualise my whole city from the sky -- all bathed in sunset glory.


Lol, this questions. Most people say #spoilers. But I'll tell you anyway. Fox's (aka Rob's) goal is, of course, to steal that 100 million dollar painting, and guess who stands in the way? Snow. And Snow has sworn to take him down and not let him steal that painting and obviously he's the one who makes that hard. This much should have been apparent already XD





Well. I'm pretty sure you guys can already guess it right? The predictable storyline goes like this -- ok so the villain falls in love with the good girl and decides to become a hero too and saves her in some epic battle and she falls for him too and they both get over their prejudices and the bad guys doesn't have to pay for his crimes and they live happily ever after... I'll just leave you with this speculation for now. Honestly I'm not sure what will happen, and I know you were thinking this, even if you won't admit it. XD



Themes ... I like to have an idea what they are before I start writing. I don't really want to spell them out for you though because I think that while writers should try to weave themes into their books ... they should be implicit and for the reader to figure out. I mean, I'm not going to fault anyone for announcing their intended themes loud and clear or for writing them as explicit!! Like this is my preference for my books. :D But if you really really want to know, you can go listen to "Be the Change" by Britt Nicole because it makes me feel ... like this book ...




So, friends, looks like that is the end of that ...

My total word count for Nano so far is 12k, and I'm still pushing hard! I hope to finish this book this month (as well as Broccoli Queen but shh).

I WISH ALL THE BEST TO MY FELLOW NANOERS!
And for those of you who aren't, you can all sit back and watch the entertainment of us screaming over our deadline, and send us chocolate and cheer on the sidelines XD

ANYWAY. WHAT'S YOUR NANO WIP?
HOW'S YOUR WRITING GOING?
WHAT'S YOUR WORD COUNT SO FAR?
also can you send that chocolate over ...???

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36 comments

  1. This sounds so awesome! The premise alone is amazing. Wow! Just wow! You're right, I can't wait for you to finish it!

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    1. AWW THANK YOU SARAH <333 The idea totally grabbed me too and I'm glad you're excited about it :D Hopefully the writing won't take too long ...

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  2. I NEED A NOVEL LIKE THIS IN MY LIFE!!!! This sounds so amazing. I could picture it like a movie as I was reading this post. I can't wait to hear more. Seriously, this is going to be amazing and spectacular and other synonyms for amazing!!!

    I love this so much, I think I'm fangirling right now. Yep, definitely fangirling.
    And you're handwriting it?!!! That's fantastic. I have respect for those who can hand write their novels. I have tried to do that, but I just can't.

    Oh my goodness, this is just ...I need to go before I go full force fangirl. XD

    ~Ivie
    iviewrites.blogspot.com
    <3

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    1. AHHHHH IVIE YOU TOTALLY BLEW ME AWAY WITH THIS COMMENT!!! Wow you're so amazing thanks for all your fangirling :DD

      EEP YES I HANDWRITE EVERYTHING OF EVER and it's just ... practice makes perfect lol

      THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR AWESOME COMMENT *grins like a nut*

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  3. Good luck Lisa! I believe you can do this!

    Also: this story sounds epic! Fox and Snow. I am loving it.

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    1. THANKS ELAIKIE *fist bumps*

      ^-^ I'm so happy you like it!!

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  4. This sounds like an awesome story, and I love the aesthetics!! *sends TimTams*

    (I'm so happy my post tickled your creativity! :D and thanks for the mention <3)
    - Jem

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    1. JEM!!! Thanks a million *accepts the TimTams and saves them for writing sessions*

      I'M SO HONORED YOU APPROVE OF MY IDEA <333

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  5. *sends chocolate and cheers on the sidelines* ;D

    AAAAH, ALL THE AWESOME SUPERHERO NANO NOVELS!!! I'm so excited for yours, Lisa! *drools over aesthetics*

    Dude, I'm literally listening to "Be The Change" RIGHT. NOW. I already loved the song, but now I'm just even more pumped for this novel!!!

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    1. *catches chocolate and waves to you on the sidelines* ;D

      YES THIS SEEMS TO BE A SUPERHERO-FULL NANOWRIMO!! Thanks so much! I'm so happy you like my aesthetics!!

      OH YOU ARE!? Yes isn't it just the best?? I don't listen to music while writing but I did listen to this on repeat while plotting!!!

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  6. So I normally wait until I'm at work to comment, so I don't have to type on my tiny phone screen, but I just had to say this now...THIS STORY IS AMAZING PLEASE I WANT TO READ IT NOW. Seriously, this is EPIC!!!

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    1. THANK YOU EPIC FRIEND, I'M SO DELIGHTED YOU THINK SO :D
      hehe it's great that I was able to excite you enough to type on your tiny phone screen. No typos either xD

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  7. Your story sounds SO amazing, Lisa!

    -Madeline Joy
    towerofjoy.blogspot.com

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  8. *hearts eyes*
    I WANNA PICK THIS BOOK UP IN A BOOKSTORE SO BAD

    Catherine

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  9. This sounds really good, love books about superheroes!

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  10. This looks amazing! And the aesthetics! *heart eyes*

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  11. This looks AWESOME, Lisa (I WANT TO READ IT)! I don't know if I've commented here before, but I love your blog. Happy writing!

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    1. hey Olivia -- great to meet you *shakes hand* I'M SO PLEASED YOU LIKE MY BLOG <333 also thanks I'm happy novel sounds great to you *high five*

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  12. I really like this idea! I wonder where all you people find such images on pinterest?! Then again, I'm writing a Contemporary so there aren't many aesthetic images for me in Pinterest.

    And is this a New Adult novel? Because these are college kids? o.O

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    1. Hi Grace, thank you!! I'll tell you my secret to how I find these images. Ok??? Well *whispers* I just steal from the boards of other awesome pinners who actually do have a substantial amount pins lol. Hey, I'm sure there are great contemporary pins out there!

      Well ... I never really thought of that?? I might end up as that, idk? But my mcs are like 18 and 19 so I thought it might still count as YA? Lol NA would certainly seem out of my experience xD

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  13. Your story sounds amazing! I keep seeing that post on Pinterest--so happy that someone is writing it!
    Hope NaNo goes well for you! :)

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    1. AHHH HELLO ALLISON THANK YOU <333 Oh really, is a popular pin then? Yikes xD YES IT REALLY DESERVES WRITING and I don't know if I can do it justice but heh -- I'm gonna try!!

      Thank you -- I need all the well wished I can get lol

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  14. THIS. SOUNDS. AWESOME.
    Like, oh my word, that sounds incredible I'm so excited by it oh wow.
    (also, your blog is so cute and aesthetically pleasing and I believe I will enjoy following it ^.^)
    ~ Abby {novelsdragonsandwardrobedoors.blogspot.com}

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    1. EEP THANKS ^-^

      HAHAHA I'm so pumped to write this every time someone tells me how much they like it so *hugs* I genuinely love your excitement xD I makes me smile to no end.

      (aww that's so sweet thank you a million :D I'm glad you like my blog)

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  15. Oh my word, I've seen that writing prompt before and I wanted to see someone write a novel from it. I guess dreams really do come true lol. ;) good luck with it and I hope it's going well!

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    1. HOW HAVE I MISSED YOUR COMMENT FOR SO LONG? Ugh.

      YAY I'M GLAD I'M WRITING A BOOK YOU WANT TO SEE!! :D Dreams do seem to come true, haha. It's going pretty nicely and thank you! We always need luck when writing lol

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  16. OH MY GOSH LISA. THIS SOUNDS EPIC!

    Madeline
    https://madelinejrose.wordpress.com/

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    1. OH MY GOSH MADELINE THANK YOU SO MUCH ^.^ (also I'm super late replying to this, like WHAT WHY DID I NOT SEE THIS COMMENT BEFORE?) Thanks for stopping by :DD

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  17. I am late to the party but LISAAAA!!! I need. This. Book.... now. Cannot even wait!!! O.O Also the whole rooftop thing *applause*

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    1. HAHAHA BETTER LATE THAN NEVER AM I RIGHT? XD Thank you so much though! I'm glad I'm having you all flailing and fangirling too ;) Whoa hold your horses though it's only halfway done so far! But I'll let you know how it comes along!!

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