NaNoWriMo

Official NaNoWriMo 2016 project announcement

I’ve settled on a working title and cover design. When you set up your novel on the NaNoWriMo website, you can add a title, cover, and synopsis. I highly recommend filling out all three no matter how rough. It helps convince you (and anyone else looking) that you’re serious about your novel.Official NaNoWriMo 2016 project announcement MarisMcKay.com
Since I’m writing a futuristic sci-fi/fantasy retelling of Shakespeare’s Henriad, I patterned the cover after title pages from the original plays. The woman in the background comes from a brush set by zazac on DeviantArt (no copyright infringement intended; this is a temporary cover made for non-commercial purposes).

So we have a title and a cover. Now it’s time for a synopsis (this is what took the longest to come up with this year). Here’s what I have so far. It might change as I write, and that can be a good thing.

Ellyn has a secret. She can manipulate light, even bending it around herself so no one can see her. In the nation ruled by King Hendrik, that makes her something unnatural — a “miscreation.” The best thing she could do is stay out of sight. But she longs to play a more visible role, preferably by helping others like her reconcile with society. Being the Lord Chief Justice’s niece and rakish Prince Henry’s unlikely friend might gives her a chance to do just that. Or things could go horribly wrong and both sides will brand her a traitor.

Only 15 more days until we can really start writing! in the mean-time, I’ll be working on character sketches and scene outlines. I’m so excited for this year’s story!

Are you doing NaNoWriMo this year? share your story ideas, titles, covers, synopsis — whatever you want — in the comments.

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