NaNoWriMo Project 2018: The Bird that Sings

Since the last time that I was on here, I have been busy working away on the planning phase for my project that I’m going to be working on during the course of NaNoWrimo. Granted, I mentioned my project in the latest update blog for Faerie Rose Press, which not may ready. That’s fine, I get it, who want’s to read or talk about updates when there is so much more to talk about in the world of writing. But I feel that I should give my new project a presence and a proper post of it’s own by its own right.


The project that I have declared formally to take on for NaNoWriMo this year, is called The Bird that Sings. The Bird that Sings, is set about fifty years in the future, after a great war and as a result of the war girls are now known as “Birds.” Some birds are more special than others and one of these special birds is a girl, Sarah. Sarah is being groomed to become the next high priestess. Being high priestess means that you are a powerful figure that you take on for as long as you life.

Sarah as she is being groomed to become high priestess, cannot talk or even be touched. Her skin is basically not allowed to be touched my anyone or anything. If someone touches her, then they are sentenced to death. A price that Sarah feels is unjust, and she wants to be touched and to touch. She wants to speak or sing what is not right about the world, and the only way that she can do that is to kill the current high priestess. But is she willing to take that chance to get what she wants?


That is what I have so far, granted there are other ideas that I’m currently working on for this project, and I can’t wait to get started. So far I have the premise, the characters, the scope of the word that Sarah lives in on page one and before page one. I have also in the course of planning this project I have designed a cover as well. Here is the cover for The Bird that Sings:

The Bird that Sings cover.docx-page-001

Granted, this is just a draft of the cover and it is one that I have also designed. It’s not as flashy as some of the over covers that I have designed, but for now it will do but as the project continues I may redo the cover or I may keep with this cover. We shall see.

I hope that when you declare your project for NaNoWriMo, that you take the time to drill out or think writing a synopsis and thinking about what a possible outcome for the story, and a possible cover. When you drill out some if not all of the information for your novel, then you have a greater chance of making what you want a reality.

Thank you for reading this post and I hope that it gives you some ideas of what you can put out when thinking about NaNoWriMo project for this year.

 

 

Tips for Engaging to NaNoWriMo

Well, we are one week down on the prep work for NaNoWriMo and discuss some tips that have helped me in the past that you might find helpful as well. The first tip that I would like to share maybe simple and that is to take out a piece of paper and jot down any ideas that I have had for my novel ideas.

I have done this tip a lot, I have done this since I was about nine or ten and have continued to do to this today. The main reason why I do this is so that I can make a list of the ideas that have in mind. This way also I can go back to the list if I ever get stuck. Granted, for The Raven Prophecy, I have made like a hundred or so of these lists. The two times that I have strayed from making the list is with Ravages of Time and The Zodiac Tower.

I can tell you that when it came to Ravages of Time, I so had the story in mind, that I didn’t need to make the list, for I knew what I wanted in the story, who was in the story and where I was going with the story. As for The Zodiac Tower it was similar to Ravages of Time, but only I didn’t have a lot of time to write the story, for it was

written for a class. Now for The Zodiac Tower, I wish that I had more time so that I could make a list of ideas. Here is the beautiful thing with the re-write of The Zodiac Tower, I’m starting to make a list and I’m thinking of doing the same thing with Ravages of Time. The reason for this is since I have written the first drafts, and moving on the to the second drafts there are some things that I want to improve on so that I can make them stronger novels.

My second tip that I have is to get a folder and in that folder I put everything that is for that novel in that folder. The reason may simple but for me I find it helps keep it organized and it doesn’t get mixed up with another story that I might be working on. Also getting stories mixed up is not a good thing either. Now you can put them in one folder if that is what you want, just make sure that you label on the top of your pages which story that page belongs to.

My third tip is to find an image that will inspire you or keep you focused on the project. I find this very helpful when looking at where I want to go with the story that I’m currently working on. Just as an example, with Ravages of Time my focus point was a house. The reason for a house, was the story starts with the house and it ends with the house or more focused on the word home. If you can find a focus image that works for your project, stick with that image, even if the meaning of the image changes, for it will be a focus point.

My fourth tip, which has helped me in the past is to picture if your novel was to be published what would you want the cover to look like. Yes, just draft up a cover so that you have something to hold onto of what a possible goal might be for your novels. I have drafted several covers as you well know for The Raven Prophecy and Ravages of Time. I recently worked on the cover for The Zodiac Tower and my new project for NaNoWriMo, which I will discuss my project in another post.

Granted, I don’t have fancy software like Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop, for what I do have is Microsoft Word, and I think that my covers are turning out quite well. Just as an example, here is the latest cover for The Zodiac Tower:

The Zodiac Tower- Front Cover Design 2-page-001

I love making covers, and each time that I make a cover, I learn something new about the process and what is even possible. But that is something that you can do to with just a little bit of time and patience you can craft covers just as easily.

My last tip for NaNoWriMo is don’t ignore yourself or what you need. If you ignore yourself during the NaNoWriMo then you can’t complete your best work. You can’t focus on the story that you want to write or tell. This is making sure that you are eating, drinking, talking walks, breathing and anything else that you need to make sure that you are being taken care of. Yes, we all know that as writers we tend to eat, drink, sleep, and think primarily on our stories. While that is all good, if we don’t take of us the creators then the story is not going to be written let alone told. So taking care of the creator is key.

These are five tips that have helped me with NaNoWriMo or any writing project that I happen to be working on at least for the first or second drafts.

I hope that you have found these tips to be helpful. I hope that you all of have a lovely writing day.

The Troubles That Come with Being a Writer

Yesterday, while I was working on The Raven Prophecy,¬†which I’m like two pages away from being on page 200, I received a call from a writing buddy of mine, who asked me to come meet them for a discussion about my book and their book. They wanted a second pair of eyes to look at it. I agreed to this meeting of the minds, and while we were talking about some of the difficulties that he was having with his story, I addressed some of the difficulties that I was having while writing The Raven Prophecy. He expressed his surprise for he thought that I had it all figured out and was on such a role.

I agreed with him to a point, until I stated that there were some of the finer details of the inner workings that were giving me trouble. He agreed with that point when I started pointing them out to him, then he stated that he figures that all writing projects can give writers their own share of troubles.

As he put it we have trouble with our characters doing what we want them to, we have troubles with trying to make sure that our story goes where we want it to go, we have troubles with finding the balance between the details and the other parts that go into a story. At the same time, we are trying to keep up with tenses, and the other rules that come with writing a novel.

I told him that while I agreed with him on that aspect of writing, but it is what also makes writing fun. He agreed with me up until he said as writers we should not be torturing¬†ourselves with the craft that we enjoy so much. But I said to him, “But to be an artist means that we must suffer.”

That’s when he thought that we should change the subject and talk about book covers. Is problem is that he enjoys looking at them but he has a hard time making them, whereas he pointed out I don’t have much of a hard time doing it based on the previously drafted covers for The Raven Prophecy.

Then when I admitted that I was working on the back cover and the spine for the book, he rolled his eyes and asked me to show it too him. I did and he said that I should post it out there so that again it can be gazed upon. But when I told him that I made a promise he said just put it out there.

So as he has requested here is the full design cover that I worked on last night, which still has some tweaks that need to be made:

Full book cover