And it’s that month again.. November. I honestly can’t believe it’s practically the end of the year. But not quite.. welcome to a month of writing, that is, if you’re participating in NaNo or well, idk, whatever normal people do otherwise.
I’m actually a bit late to do this post because at the point I read it, I wasn’t involved but now I am, and I am very keen to start talking about my novel. 😂😂 This is my first time participating and while a novel of 50,000 words would be out of this world amazing, I’m going to go with the kiddy version and aim for 20,000 words.. alright, into the post now!
The Questions: 1) What inspired the idea for your novel and how long have you had the idea? Lately, I've been reading more YA fiction, and this is where I've taken my inspiration from. Two particular books, actually. They focus on issues that real people face and I wanted to help spread the message. At first, I had no idea whatsoever about what I'd write on, and I was debating over a couple of topics but finally settled on one. I've had the idea for less than a month overall, it's still quite new! 2) Describe what your novel is about. My novel is about racial inequality, assault and the subtle (and not so subtle!) ways that people are shown prejudice against. It focuses on interracial families and the way that people may struggle to accept troubles in their lives and move on. 3) What is your book's aesthetic? Use words or pictures or whatever you like! 4) Introduce us to each of your characters! I have four characters so far- the main character, the mother, a nurse and the father.. so far. I have plans to introduce a new step family into the equation. 5) How do you prepare to write? (Research, stocking up on chocolate, howling. etc?) None, actually. 😂 I'm weird like that. I usually just formulate ideas a bit earlier than when I sit down and begin to write.. and then everything just comes together. But, I must say, I really do enjoy snacking and watching Netflix before I bother to start writing. 6) What are you most looking forward to about this novel? I'm looking forward to finishing this novel and sharing it with people. I want this to be something that I'm proud of and that I want others to know about. I'm really excited about the direction that my book is headed in. 7) List three things about your novel's setting. My novel is set in a Michigan slum, where the protagonist has lived all her life, along with her absent father and mother. When the protagonist grows up, she finds her own flat in the same area. Her father's new family are wealthier and live in a better area. 8) What's your characters goal and who (or what) stands in their way? My characters goal is to heal the wounds caused by her abusive father in her early childhood, and to be at peace with the events that happened in her later childhood. As she nears her 18th birthday, she will face her father and see her mother gets justice. Her new step family stand in the way of this goal. 9) How does your protagonist change by the end of the novel? By the end of this novel, my protagonist turns around and decides to really live, free from the pain and stigma that used to surround her. She will make some really valuable connections during this time. 10) What are your book's themes? How do you want readers to feel when the novel is over? I've already discussed the theme of my book, so I'll answer the next question. I want readers to feel empowered, like they can tackle big issues and really make a difference to their own lives and the lives of those around them. I want this book to also encourage anybody who has personally been in a situation like that depicted in the book to know that they are not alone and can find support and seek change.
So, NaNoWriMo- are you participating? Got any weird writerly habits? Do you think you can write 50,000 words in a month? Where do you get your inspiration from? Favourite drink?