This year’s Camp NaNoWriMo (April Edition) is just around the corner. I have done literally nothing to prepare myself for this moment. That’s what the magic of March is for. Here’s what I know so far:
- I’m continuing with a book I started last July, called Hell Hath No Fury.
- The book is a sequel to my November NaNo book, The Necrohall. Originally it was book 1.
- The book is an Urban Fantasy/Supernatural story.
- The plan is hand-written and colour-coded, but not fully typed.
- The cover is 300% cheesy.
Not ready to publish this book – since it’s not even written – I’ve opted out of spending a considerable amount of time creating mine. I went for the cheesy, over-the-top version above. It’s too bright, and full of all the nasty things that make people feel physically ill when they lay their eyes on a book. But it’s there. It’s a cover. So: check.
The book is set in London, and features some element of time travel – as well as vampires, golems, lost loves, an unsolved case and an old grudge.
How does all of this help anyone who’s trying to start a novel? Well, it’s a list of things I need to know about my book.
Make that list. Decide on your genre, your protagonist, some key elements from the book (e.g. vampires and golems and all sorts of nasty things like romance and grudges and day jobs). Make a cheesy cover, just to fill in the space. (I grabbed a royalty free image from Google for my London skyline.) Write your blurb. It’s the simplest version of an outline you’ll get.
Over the next month, I’ll go over methods for planning a book (especially one of this scale), creating characters, and managing time to write around a full time job, the convention circuit, and a middling social life.