Beautiful Books #1 // Stabbing and Twins and Blood7:00 AM
It is almost NaNoWriMo time again, and therefore it is almost time to start screaming uncontrollably again.
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I love NaNo. NaNo is my favorite. I happen to be the kind of person who enjoys furious typing, and sore fingers, and suffering, and tears on my keyboard, and all the other fun stuff that comes along with writing 50+K words in 30 days. It's just the best.
|it's the nano motto.|
So today I'm going to tell you a lil bit about this fantasy project, Blood Sisters. a working title, don't judge.
1. what inspired the idea for your novel, and how long have you had the idea?
School. School actually inspired this thing. History, to be exact.
I am 10000% trash for the ancients. This year, I latched onto the concept/aesthetic of the ancient Britons and the Romans. The wild, untamed, dark feel of ancient Britain, and the way that clashed with the polished Roman Empire stuck in my head...and well, this happened. I wanted to write something that felt like ancient history, that accurately represented the way cultures develop at different paces, the politics and ins-and-outs of that. In a way that includes stabbing, of course.
Cue this story, that's been in my head since the early spring. The Pinterest board really helped grow it, too.
|me whenever i write|
2. Describe what your novel is about!
Oh, oh dear. Where to start.
The story takes place in a tribe at the edge of the sea, a very special sort of tribe with old customs and wild magic and too many secrets to count, a country of swords and blood, one that takes no enemies alive. Their chief is part of a long family line of leaders, wrapped in shadow and secrets and ancient ritual.
There are foreign invaders threatening their land. There is infighting. The old chief is slowly dying, his magic wearing away, and it is time for someone to take up the position and protect the tribe. It's time for the descendant to step the heck up.
The problem? the chief has twin sisters. and in order for someone to ascend and save the tribe, one must kill the other
and possibly use them as a blood sacrifice in a ritual in order to claim their birthright. And they're just about to learn this.
|I SEE THOSE LOOKS YOU'RE GIVING ME RN OKAY JUST LET ME FINISH|
3. What is your book's aesthetic?
Stabbing. Swamps. The ocean and grey sky. Blonde hair braided back. Wild laughs into the wind. The thunder of hoofbeats. Ancient drums. Blood on stone.
4. Introduce us to each of your characters!
Pelaea. The diplomatic sister. Reads people like they're all open books. Charming and soft and likeable and caring about the people around her. Wants to keep them all safe, no matter the cost. A dreamer.
Anslee. The warrior sister. Will fight you. Will fight everyone. Sharply strategic and political and blunt. Fiercely loyal and single-minded once she devotes herself to something.
Finnien. The foreign prisoner. Literally did not ask to end up in this situation. A doctor's apprentice of sorts. Modern-minded, keeps to himself, sees the practical in every solution.
Conrad i just love this name okay. Wicked-sharp sass. Gets the job done. Will also fight everyone except he's a lot worse and more aggressive. Loves his sword. Doesn't love other people. Possibly very slightly invincible. Possibly hasn't aged in thirty years. Possibly has something to do with this whole blood sacrifice/magical inheritance deal and therefore cheated death and has his own agenda now that there's going to be a new chief. Possibly really really wants it to be Anslee. Possibly.
Eoni. An excellent fighter. A woman-warrior-in-training. Loves to dance. Loves to laugh.
Loves to stare at Conrad for hours on end. Do not screw with her. She will bake a cake and then murder you in your sleep. Anslee's bestie.
5. How do you prepare to write?
I binge-watch shows.
I stalk Pinterest.
I weep openly.
I rant to people in all-caps.
I do not plot. At all. I regret it later.
6. What are you most looking forward to about this novel?
Exploring the fantasy genre! I've never written a fantasy novel before and I didn't ever think I would, so I want to see how that goes down and if it will kill me.
Also, I finally get to write about swords. And knives. And stabbing. Sci-fi makes swords less easy to involve. Sigh.
|it's gonna be so much fun.|
7. List three things about your novel's setting.
1. There is magic. Subtle magic. No one talks about it. It probably lurks in the swamps and will kill you if you approach it.
2. There is an ocean. An endless choppy grey ocean and people may or may not die in it.
3. lots of people die in this place because it is rocky and brutal and there are people with swords hiding in the grass and/or the swamps. Beware.
8. What's your character's goal and who stands in the way?
Obviously, both sisters grew up in a brutal culture, and they've trained to be brutal, and now they know that, y'know, one of them will have to kill the other. There's no other option as far as they're concerned. They think they're ready and determined, but there are a lot of obstacles between them and the site of the ritual and it's a race there -- obstacles including but not limited to monsters in the swamp, a foreign army invading their country with their modern resources, other clans, and the fact that, y'know, they'll have to murder their sister.
9. How does your protagonist change by the end of the novel?
This is brand-new for me. I am also a pantster. So:
|We will all find out together.|
10. What are your book's themes? How do you want readers to feel by the end of your story?
Quite honestly, me being the person I am, I don't know the theme of a story, what it's really about, until I've finished the first draft. So I have no frickin' clue right now. Maybe something mushy. Maybe something sisterly. Maybe something about sword safety. I don't know. Who even knows. We'll find out along the way. Or I won't find out, and I'll fall into the depths of despair, because that's how my brain works.
When people finish I want them to feel disturbed. And also like they've read something awesome. I want them to have thought, whatever I find out I want them to think about, and I want it to be a good, fun fantasy story, with lots of stabbing and blood, because that's what I'm all about.
Let the morbidness begin this NaNo season.
Are you participating in NaNoWriMo next month? Are you writing something equally bloody? Do tell.