november

About My NaNoWriMo Novel for This Year

Hey, guys, and thanks for reading Teen Fiction Girl!  If you’ve followed my blog since I started it (which was like three days ago, so that’s not that difficult) you’ll know that the main subject of my November posts is the amazing thing called NaNoWriMo.  If not, well, I suggest you go back and read my first post about it so you know more or less what it is.

Now, to write, you need a novel to be writing, and I happen to have one right here.  *pulls out novel*

I don’t really know how I got this far without talking about it, but anyway, here’s my novel.

It’s called Dragonborn, and it’s based partially on this story-sort of thing I wrote with my friend a few years ago.  Well, it started out like that, anyway.  As I started writing it, it turned into something so different that really, the only things that are remotely the same are the personalities of the two main characters.

At first it was going to be a trilogy, but I’m infamously bad at being able to write even one and a half books in a series, so I decided I’d stick with writing only one.  However, my story was going to work best in three parts anyway, so I decided to divide my book into three parts sort of like Suzanne Collins did with the three books within each of the Hunger Games books.

This is the summary I put on my NaNoWriMo page.  I’ve been changing/updating it a lot, but this gets the gist of the story out there.

Ambrosia Kiau. Thirteen years old. She’s lived in the mountains her entire life, outside the Union, where her father says the society is a mess. She’d never leave. Not unless she had a really great reason to, at least. But when her beloved older brother, Eryth, goes mysteriously missing, lost on a missionary trip to Ki’baan, the worst slum that the Union has to offer, she’ll stop at nothing to bring him back home safely – that is, until a betrayal from a “friend” lands her in the middle of a grand scheme that she never dreamed of.

Ardonas Hackenley. Called Arrow by his close friends. Fourteen years old. A ghetto boy at best. His entire life has been spent fighting and thieving, struggling for survival in Ki’baan, his very own first-person-shooter of a city. He’s confident that he can handle anything, until he gets mixed up in a scandal that started with one stolen loaf of bread and quickly snowballed into something larger than he could have ever imagined.

These two have never met in their lives, and they never expected to. But when they’re forced into each others’ lives by a kidnapping, a manhunt, and a surly jailer named Glyssa Quint, they realize they have more in common with each other than they’d have believed… and uncover a truth – and a threat – large enough to swallow the Union whole.

Yeah, I guess that works for now.

Oh, and look at this.  It even has a cover.

Dragonborn-cover-tagline-2

This, also, is subject to a lot of change, especially the tagline, but considering I drew it all myself (aside from the font I used for the tagline and author name), I think it could be a lot worse.

Maybe I’ll post some excerpts later.  Maybe.

Anyway, thanks for reading!  If you enjoyed reading about my story (you’re not allowed to read the actual story yet, sorry!) I’d love it if you’d leave a like and/or nice rating, and tell me what you think in the comments!

~ Summer

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My Official NaNoWriMo Checklist

Hey, y’all!  For those of you that decided to do NaNoWriMo this year (which, since this is a writing blog, may be a relatively large crowd) I decided I’ll offer a little NaNo help that (probably, to the best of my knowledge) can’t be found on the forums.  I’ve put together a NaNo essentials checklist for you to complete before beginning your writing endeavor to maximize your writing comfort.  For your reading comfort (as opposed to your writing comfort), I’ve also separated it into decent-sized chunks of text.

Things I need that are ESSENTIAL to begin writing

  • My favorite word processor (Microsoft Word, of course, although Google Docs will do in a pinch)
  • A keyboard that isn’t my laptop keyboard and so won’t dig into my wrists like it did last year, because that was painful
  • A constantly open NaNoWriMo tab so I can refresh my word count every five minutes and see how I’m doing
  • A chair, because otherwise sitting at the computer would be kind of difficult (preferably my lovely beautiful wicker armchair, which my mom dubbed my perch)

Things I need that I could write without in case of, like, a nuclear fallout or some other similar emergency, but otherwise are 100% necessary

  • A cup of tea (not warm; good ol’ Luzianne iced southern style unsweet tea)
  • Some nice comfy pants, usually my neon pink cheetah-print ones
  • My amazing Dr. Dre beats that my dad found in a college parking lot
  • Said beats must be accompanied by Spotify or else they are useless
  • At least one (sometimes two) puppies; Dachshunds are preferable, although others may be substituted if Dachshunds are not available

Things I don’t have, but want really bad

  • A pair of fingerless / biking gloves (I’ve heard that they make typing much easier on your wrists)
  • A bag of marshmallows
  • A mug of hot chocolate to accompany the marshmallows

Things that I only want sometimes, but are good to have on hand

  • Warm tea and/or coffee (if it’s going to be the latter, it had better have LOTS of cream)
  • A blanket (a really fuzzy one)
  • A document open with one of those cool character development sheets in case I run into a difficult character

That’s about all you need.  If you have everything on the list above, I hereby declare that you are ready to write!  (You get extra credit if you have the things on the Things I Don’t Have But Want Really Bad list.)

Thanks for reading – I hope this was educational, relatable, and/or amusing.  (Amusable?  That sounds better, doesn’t it?)

~ Summer T.

NaNoWriMo is here!

Hey, guys, and thanks for reading my first real post on Teen Fiction Girl, which I will henceforth abbreviate as TFG!

So, if you read my introductory post, you’ll know that, for most of November, this amazing program will be pretty much taking up my life.  It’s called NaNoWriMo, which stands for National Novel Writing Month, which is a pretty accurate description of what it is.  It’s where several thousand people wait with bated breath for November to start, and when it does start, they write like writing demons to try and finish their word count goal (and hopefully even their entire novel, although last year that didn’t happen to me) before the month is over.  Remember this post?  Yeah, I did it last year, too.

That sounds like it would be hard, stressful, and/or frustrating, but really it’s more like decorating a cake than baking one – no instructions, no guidelines, just a virtual creative party where you can watch your piece come together with the amazing satisfaction of watching icing squeeze out of a tube.

This is my word-count meter for the month.
bloopIt’s kind of blurry since the original page was so small, but you get the idea.  It’s only November 9th and I’m already more than halfway through my word count.

Don’t believe it can be done?  Last NaNoWriMo, I wrote this article about a novel belonging to a NaNo friend of mine.  Unlike my book, The Juniper Tree, which never really took off, she actually completed, edited (yuck) and published her novel.  That she finished in thirty days.  That’s why NaNoWriMo is so awesome.

Anyway, thanks for reading!  If you’ve done NaNoWriMo before, I’d love to hear about it in the comments.  If you enjoyed this post, please leave a nice rating and (if you have a WordPress account) a like as well.  Thanks, guys, and happy writing!

~ Summer

Welcome to Teen Fiction Girl!

Oh my goodness, I said I’d start posting on this blog at the beginning of October and now it’s nearly mid-November!  Sorry, guys… but hey, I’m here now.

So, about Teen Fiction Girl.

I literally only removed one letter from the name, so it might be somewhat easy to guess that this blog is going to be about the same kind of thing as Tween Fiction Girl.  That is, I’ll be doing the same kind of book reviews (I read a book, give a basic story outline, talk about the ups and downs, and then give the book a final rating), movie reviews (the same as book reviews, except with movies instead), gaming tips and stories (just me rambling about the things I learn as a gamer), writing/fiction tips and stories (because it wouldn’t be Teen Fiction Girl without the fiction, right?), fiction stories (which I like to call Fiction Fridays, as they’re posted on Fridays), and a plethora of other random, assorted nerdy awesomeness.

This is just a warning for those of you who may have showed up for the gaming half of the blog:  this is November, which means most of my sooner posts will be about NaNoWriMo, the awesomest writing gimmick to ever hit the Interwebs.  For those of you that don’t know, it’s like a month-long writing race to complete an entire novel (or at least your word count goal) in one month.  NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, which is pretty descriptive.  It’s amazingly fun to do, and if you like writing, you should certainly at least try.

Well, anyway, that’s it for this post, folks!  Thanks so much for visiting my new blog!

~ Summer