Hello bookish friends!
I actually almost didn’t take part in NaNoWriMo for this November since I was definitely lazy and didn’t have any ideas. But ideas always come to me in dreams and when it struck, I decided to sign up.
So it’s the first week of NaNo and how is everyone doing? Are you guys surviving? Let me know in the comments down below!
For me, I actually started prepping pretty early (Although I always prep earlier, like a good half month before), this time round, the story was different.
Most of my other first drafts were usually fantasy, paranormal, romance which wasn’t that difficult since I modelled most of the characters after myself (I still did with this story).
But this story was definitely different. This one was going to be my first ever attempt at sci-fi. And not only that, for the first time, I was also going to be writing from dual POVs.
I aimed even more than what I did last time for Camp NaNo (70k words), this time it was 75k words.
Here are the stats for week 1 before I start to talk more about the story!
1 (1/11) – chap 1 -2,568 (+2,568)
It started off a little difficult because I had characters in my head, but I didn’t have a soul to bring them to life. Like I knew one of my protagonists is Mei, an amateur astronomer and has anxiety. But as I wrote more of the first chapter, Mei started to come to life.
2 (2/11) – chap 2 – 5,072 (+2,504)
I was definitely afraid to write the 2nd character’s POV (His name is Kyllan) because I have NEVER written a dual POV before. And not only that, I’ve never written in the POV of a male character before and even don’t usually read about POVs like that (I guess this really needs to change). But as I wrote more about him, I ended loving to write his chapters and even look forward to writing them because I found a ton of similarities between him and myself.
3 (3/11) – chap 3,4 -10,193 (+2,531 + 2,590) Double up day*
Honestly, I swear I thought I was insane when I saw the banner and decided to do this! Because I usually took a long time to write 2,5000 words and doubling it sounded even more insane. But I also knew that if I only wrote 2,500 a day, I would be writing EVERY SINGLE DAY throughout November without rest.
It ended up better than I expected and I discovered I actually write faster at nighttime.
4 (4/11) – chapter 5 -12,703 (+2,510)
This was the most recent that I wrote (Today) and honestly, I actually teared up while writing the part where Mei and her mother are separated. I was surprised that I was actually tearing up, but I’m also a big crybaby, so….
Yup, so that was my word counts and experience over the past 4 days and first week of NaNoWriMo!
Also, since I realised that the double up day was pretty fun, I decided to add more! Other double up days include 6th Nov (In my country it’s a pubic holiday) and the two saturdays after that (17 and 24 Nov)!
Now to talk about the story!
Here’s a fun fact! I honestly almost started NaNo with the story name as Between our stars, but changed it at the last minute because I never really seemed to connect with this name. So like the night JUST BEFORE NaNo started, I changed the story title to Prominence and I’ll explain why after I drop the synopsis!
Tagline: They’ve already taken Earth, nobody believed another would come.
Aliens have already invaded Earth in hopes of consuming the planet for their own’s fuel, and with them comes a deadly virus, the Black Lava. Mei’s mother decides to surrender, but what Mei didn’t expect was to be separated. When Mei suddenly sees dreams of Kyllan, she is convinced that there is hope for the survival of the human race. Will Mei reunite with her mother and save the human race?
Kyllan is a General of the Sirrah army from Andromeda, when he hears that his star is going to be destroyed by Earth when the Milky way and Andromeda Galaxy collide, he has to make a difficult choice to decide whether he will support his empire which has been loyal to him all his life, or choose to save the planet which his father loved and brought him up with tales from.
Okay, here comes the fun part!
So I did a TON of research, much more than I did for my other books! I researched various dummies guides for stargazing, astronomy and even space exploration! (If you saw my previous Instastories you might have seen me ‘studying’!)
And honestly it was insane, but so much fun! I think if I didn’t take a diploma in art or didn’t end up liking writing as much as I did, I would have actually tried to study physics or even better, astronomy!
So thanks to the research, I managed to impart that love of astronomy to Mei and she always talks about it when she gets the chance! For Kyllan, I put the whole research thing behind him and impromptu created a backstory for him where his father was a commander who loved Earth and always spoke good things about it (and he idealises his father) and it gave even better conflict to the character which I was really impressed by!
I researched so much about Astronomy that I gazed frequently at the night sky while learning (but it sucks that there’s too much light pollution in my country and you can barely see anything, so if you have beautiful skies in yours, drop me photos and tag me on any social media, I would love to see the skies from your part of the world!) and even downloaded an app that has AR and when you point to the sky, it tells you what constellations there are up there. (And I secretly gaze longly at the Andromeda Galaxy, wondering if Kyllan is real, lol)
Okay, back to the whole title reference, while studying about Astronomy, I also learnt about the sun (Yes, our sun in our solar system) and found a term that really spoke to me, so much that I couldn’t get it out of my head. (Yes, when I mean study, I literally took notes and spent 5 hours going through the entire book in detail.) And the word was Prominence.
Prominence is an occurrence when the coronal gas (The white part of the sun you see during a total eclipse) is confined by a magnetic force that causes it to be thicker and burn brighter, forming what we call ‘loops’. That is called Prominence. Maybe an image would be easier.
Prominence and flares are different because Flares get OUT of the sun while Prominence is more like a rebel wave.
And I knew that I wanted this title. It really displayed the story of Mei a lot. Aliens invaded Earth (confined by magnetic force), anger and hatred rise (which makes it burn brighter) and it feels like it wants to break out, but can’t.
Haha, I’m starting to sound like a science nerd now (hey, I love science nerds, okay). And other than the spacey stuff I researched about, I also researched about dreams and oneirology (scientific study of dreams) very briefly to plan out the dream sequences for each of them and each of the dreams are extremely symbolic to the story with tons of foreshadowing!
So well, that’s how my first week plus the prep went! I’ll drop some aesthetics down here for you to look!
– Mei (Yes, she is Korean, there is even attempts for me to introduce Korean food and language! I’m not Korean though, but it seemed fun to try out!)
- Aliens who invade Earth (Kronians)
- Overall aesthetic for the story (I personally REALLY like this one!)
How are you doing on your NaNo WIP? What’s it about? I would love to hear it! Good luck writers!