Beautiful Books #1 | Introducing My WIP | #NaNoWriMo2015

So, this may be a little late (and sorry for the horrendously long title), but I came across this link-up last night.  I rarely do link-ups but I thought this one would be fun.  I get to tell you a little more about my WIP (Work In Progress) and you get to let me know if...you'd read this or not.

1.  How did you come up with the idea for your novel, and how long have you had the idea?
Well, I’ve had the idea to write a novel about a writer for a couple months now.  Nothing was coming to mind though.  The ideas I had were super cliche and not very original.  So I bounced some of them off of a writer friend of mine and she suggested something about the protagonist finding chapters to an unfinished story.  That was enough to make my brain explode into high gear imagination.  I was at work at the time, so I made tons of notes on my phone and kept coming up with new ideas and twists and turns and my writer friend just kept saying ‘I want to read this book!  WRITE IT NOW!’  So I am.  
The idea was birthed on October 24, 2015 at 4:17 p.m.

2. Why are you excited to write this novel?
Because it’s super amazing and I'm kind of obsessed with it right now.  And I once read a quote that said “Write the novel you would want to read.”  And this would be JUST the story I would look for when I was craving a good thriller, suspense, mystery, romance.  You know how some people ask how it's possible to miss someone you've never met?  Well, how is it possible to freaking love a book that hasn't been written?!  It's the same exact feeling.

3. What is your novel about, and what is the title?
It’s about a 22-year-old journalist named Fathom Brooks.  And an unknown sender of a mysterious package.  Weekly chapters sent to her anonymously.  An attractive detective.  A best friend.  A cop turned bad.  I can’t really say much more than that without giving away too many spoilers;)

It’s called:

4. Sum up your characters in one word each. (Feel free to add pictures!)
Just one word?  Oh great… That’s hard.  Well, I’m still getting to know them, but from what I think of them so far, here goes:

Fathom Brooks - Resolute

Xaquerie Niven - Observant

James Bowen - Logical

Victoria Paulsen - Trusting

Tammy Brooks - Optimistic

5. Which character(s) do you think will be your favorite to write? Tell us about them!
Well, I'm writing this in first person from Fathom's point of view, so definitely her.  But I also love Xaquerie.  He's kind of like that educated, very mature, slightly condescending, super attractive dude who's a bit intimidating, ya know?  So yeah, his scenes will be fun to write for sure.

6. What is your protagonist’s goal, and what stands in the way?
Her goal is to solve the mystery of who is sending her the anonymously written chapters, why they are sending them to her, what they mean and how to help the sender when the last chapter contains a threatening message.

7. Where is your novel set? (Show us pictures if you have them!)
Modern.  In my hometown/favorite city: Portland, Oregon.

Fathom's apartment

Xaquerie's apartment

8. What is the most important relationship your character has?
With Xaquerie.  He kind of becomes her badass bodyguard, and he's super smart and left-brained and she's more of the creative, right-brained, a bit forgetful...you get the idea?  Oh and also, she and her pet rabbit have a pretty tight relationship.

9. How does your protagonist change by the end of the novel?
She learns the importance of being her own person, seeking the truth, and defending the ones she loves.

10. What themes are in your book? How do you want your readers to feel when the story is over?
I want them to feel as if they just took a ride on an emotional rollercoaster with twists and turns that came out of nowhere.  I want my readers to laugh and cry.  I want this book to wrap someone around its [finger].  Someone who 'doesn't like to read' or 'normally doesn't read'...and for them to not be able to put this book down.  I hope that when they read I Cannot Fathom, they will meet and fall in love with the characters, learn the importance of defending the truth - no matter the consequences, and ultimately, not giving up.

NaNoWriMo BONUS: Tell us your 3 best pieces of advice for others trying to write a book in a month.
Well, I’ve never done NaNoWriMo, so I’m not sure I am the best person to be giving advice.  BUT…here are the three foundational principles I’ve set down for myself.

1)  Set a timer.
I have one set for 10pm (cuz that’s when my brain chooses to be the most active ha-ha), and I have another timer set for 10:30pm.  I can stop writing when the second one goes off or when I’ve written the 1,667 words for that day.  OR I can keep writing to my heart’s content.  I’m giving myself a half hour window just to start things off slowly, but I think that, as the month continues, the set time will be extended...or completely forgotten haha
2)  Keep an eye on the word count.
To me, this is encouraging because seeing the word count change from 0 to 200 is just super exciting.  And cheers me on to write the next 100 and the next 1,000.
I am a perfectionist.  I have a habit of writing a couple paragraphs and then going over and editing them right away.  This is not good.  Why?  Because, as writers, we are our own worst critics.  I get discouraged pretty easily if I find two sentences unsatisfactory.  Last night, after writing my first 1,674 words, I DETERMINED not to scroll up and re-read what I had just written for fear that I would delete the whole dang thing haha  I just saved and closed the document and went to sleep.  (After spending half an hour or so, figuring out what to write for the next day heehee)  So just write.  Keep an eye on the word count.  And have fun!

Oh and feel free to fangirl/fanboy (yes, those exist!) over this post.  I need some fans and encouragers!!  For realsies.


P.S.  Add me on NaNoWriMo.  My username is LiteraryRaindrop.

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  1. I like this story already, too! I really like the character photos, and I also really love that you're writing what you'd want to read. I think that's important.

  2. What an intriguing premise!! Wow. Happy NaNo!

  3. This sounds like a great story with a unique conflict. And with a character who shares my name. I never come across those.
    I wish you all the best this November!

    1. Thank you! Ohh how fun!:)
      Thanks for your comment!

  4. Wow, fascinating concept! I hope it goes well for you. It definitely sounds like something I would read, at any rate. :)

  5. I can't wait to read this book Raquel! Sounds so interesting!