Waddup Savi Crew!
So… How’ve you been? Okay, so I took a bit of an unscheduled break—a month and a half—if anyone wants specifics and my humblest apologies to any new virtual Savi Crew members who might have joined during my hiatus. Welcome, we’re a fun bunch!
I could make excuses and say life happened, work got hectic, nephew is six months old and needs a lot of attention—yada, yada, yada. But I won’t do that (even though it’s all true). Moreover, I couldn’t let Preptober and NaNoWriMo go by, so here I am.
If you’re reading this blog post and thinking, “What the devil is Preptober?” or “NaNoWriMo? Is that some sort of Apple device?” then you’re in the right place—you’re wrong about what it is—but you’re in the right place.
Preptober is a term coined by Scottish Authortuber, Rachael Stephen which refers to the month of October being used to prepare your writing project for NaNoWriMo (get it, prepare in October—Preptober). NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and if you wanna know who coined that term or came up with the concept, you’ll have to Google it (i.e. conflicting reports, you get it).
This will be my second year doing NaNoWriMo (my first year doing Preptober though) and it will be the first time I’ll be using Scrivener to write my first draft. I typically use Microsoft Word and import to Scrivener afterwards but I figure this year since I bought the licence, I might as well put it to good use.
What’s my project? I’m so glad you asked!
Before I start, a disclaimer and an update of sorts to those who know my previous WIPs: First, my middle grade contemporary, Life of Gabby (or as I like to call it, LOG series) has officially been benched—at least for the meantime—as it needs major rewrites.
I’ve already re-outlined the first novel after my beta reading debacle (Sidebar: if you don’t know what I’m talking about, feel free to check out my other blog posts where I divulge the juicy details) and I’m hoping to re-outline the entire series BEFORE drafting the first book (again).
Second, my YA anime-inspired fantasy Keiji series has also been temporarily side-lined (hmm, I’m sensing a theme here) but I did two rounds of major edits and will be revising and editing it between the drafting of my NaNoWriMo 2018 novel project.
The project I will be working on is another YA fantasy but this time instead of a series, it’s the first in a trilogy. Fun fact: I had no idea what I was writing this year or IF I was even gonna participate in NaNoWriMo until last week Tuesday.
Current went (or electricity was out for the non-West Indian people out there) and I was listening to the recordings on my smartphone. One in particular was my novel idea. I hadn’t heard that recording in months and had actually forgotten all about the project. But suddenly I was excited about it and decided that it was the right project for me to do.
It was also serendipitous that the entire trilogy was outlined and ready to go. It’s called, The Magnum Empire and it’s about a daring young man and a spoiled heiress who must defeat a pagan faction that wants to rid the world of organised religion. It’s set in the future and contains political intrigue with religion used as a form of negotiation and source of oppression a few years after a great—and grave natural disaster. I had so much fun coming up with the worlds and the names and I can’t wait to start diving into this project. Below is some aesthetic inspiration with regard to the world (or rather one of the continents) in which it is set. Enjoy the teaser.
For the month of October or Preptober I will be copying information from the Brainstorming section of Scrivener—where I do all my info dumps—and pasting it into the chapter outline since I have a rough idea of where everything should occur. Of course, as any plantser knows (aka plotter and pantser hybrid), once I start drafting I may very well stray far from the outline (which kind of defeats the purpose of the outline) but I know I’ll go a lot further if the outline exists than if it didn’t.
Anyways, I’m rambling again (did you miss my rambling?) which means it’s time to sign off… Toodles for now.
And remember, no matter where you live, take a little time to enjoy the island life!