Undercover, Gifs, & NaNo Know the Novel Intro

The frabjous Christine Smith is hosting her three-month Know the Novel linkup for writers these last three months of the year and I’M EXCITED. The first one is INTRODUCTION which I’m doing today. (Go join in if you like! It’s fun!)

Last week I announced that I’d be writing my NaNo project under a codename (Operation Foxtail) to put less pressure on myself, and then got kind of sad when I realized I couldn’t partake in Know the Novel if my novel was a secret . . .

But you know what? I still can because I want to! I will just be vague and nebulous like a mysterious secret undercover agent writer. XD

This post is going to be full of vague answers and way too many sunglasses/secret agents gifs.

Let’s do this thing.

Know the Novel: Part 1: INTRODUCTION

1. What first sparked the idea for this novel?

Actually, it was the title! (Not Operation Foxtail; the real title. XD) Which, funny story, is half my sister’s fault.

It sort of latched onto a swirling of vague ideas and somehow the story appeared and… I don’t really remember where all the ideas came from but the title definitely pulled everything together.

Even if it’s . . . you know . . . a different title. ๐Ÿ˜›

2. Share a blurb!

Characters do stuff and things happen and there is drama and banter and doom and we will hope that at least most of them get to live happily ever after eventually!

Okay, I know that’s a rubbish blurb. XD But I don’t even know all the important plot stuff for later-on myself, even if I was sharing what the story is. So.

Here, have the shiny codename cover again to distract you from the lack of information. *cough*

3. Where does the story take place? What are some of your favorite aspects about the setting?

It’s actually going to take place in several places, which is both exciting and daunting, because I have to figure them out. XD But my favorite is how at home I feel with this idea/places and yet also totally out of my depth. It’s gonna be interesting!

4. Tell us about your protagonist(s).

We have a heroine who is spunky! (Actually rare for me.) And a hero who is awesome and I love! And side characters who I also love but are kind of a mess too! And a rather small cast, for me. And yeah, everything else is a spoiler, so. ๐Ÿ˜›

5. Who (or what) is the antagonist?

GOOD QUESTION. I should probably know this, shouldn’t I. >.> *cough* I think there’s a couple different antagonists but some of them are relationship problems instead of actual physical people… but there are some of those too.

6. What excites you the most about this novel?

The characters and fun of it and just . . . IT. I’ve been wanting to write it for a long time and I’m terrified I won’t be able to but I’m gonna try!

7. Is this going to be a series? standalone? something else?

Standalone, ish. Like I might have some spinoff things? Mayyybe? But mostly it stands alone.

Of course, I usually say that and then KABOOM it’s a series and I’m questioning all my life choices. But anyhoo…

8. Are you plotting? pantsing? plansting?

Ahahahaha. WHO EVEN KNOWS. I’m planning to do some planning but haven’t if you know what I mean. I have SOME notes but definitely need to gather them and do more. So I’m probably plantsing. ๐Ÿ˜›

Which is slightly terrifying but when am I ever prepared for NaNo? *nervous laughter*

9. Name a few things that makes this story unique.

*squirms* THIS IS HARD. Without spoilers, I mean. Let’s just say I’m taking some tropes and I’m totally hoping to twist them around and it should be fun.

  • It’s (kind of) a subgenre I haven’t exactly written before?
  • It’s in first-person which I usually only do for short stories.
  • It’s going to have all the feels.

10. Share a fun โ€œextraโ€ of the story (a song or full playlist, some aesthetics, a collage, a Pinterest board, a map youโ€™ve made, a special theme youโ€™re going to incorporate, ANYTHING you want to share!).

Well, let’s see, most of those things would probably be spoilery.

Still. We’ll see what we can do. XD

Here is a section of my inspiration board for NaNo! I always do one of these, with a cover and to-do list and inspirational memes, and also pictures for inspiration (not shown because it’s undercovaaahh).

So there you are. And now it’s back to plotting for this story and pretending it doesn’t exist because I’m being an undercover writer agent.

I kind of like this sunglasses thing…

How about you? What are you writing for NaNo (if you are)?

And are you going to drop over and do the linkup tag? You shoullld! It’s fun!

Thanks for reading! ๐Ÿ˜€


22 thoughts on “Undercover, Gifs, & NaNo Know the Novel Intro

  1. YOU DID THE LINKUP! ๐Ÿ˜€ And I totally second Skye–I am SOOOO excited about this, despite not knowing much of anything! But that’s just how amazing ALL your story ideas are.

    The blurb is great. Bwahaha! Literally, that’s how I want to write all my blurbs. And that’s basically what I say when someone asks the dreaded “What’s your book about?” question. I mean, it’s TRUE, right??? XD

    That’s so fun you feel at home with all the different settings. That’s the best feeling! Definitely makes writing a book much more enjoyable. And ooooh, spunky heroine, fun! Plus first person? :O You are branching out! That is awesome! I only wrote one novel in first person but, honestly, it was a BLAST! I wasn’t sure I was going to like it, but it turned out being some of the most fun I’ve ever had with a novel. SO YES. This is going to be awesome!

    I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT ALL THE THINGS!!!!!!! It’s gonna be a great NaNo! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Thanks for joining the linkup!!!

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    • AND IT WAS SUCH A FUN LINKUP. And aww, you are the sweetest!

      I mean, blurbs are hard, so. XD

      First person is interesting! It’s kind of limiting but also a lot of fun if the MC has a lot of spirit. XD

      And I’m so glad you liked the agent-y gifs!!

      Thank youuuu! (I am now catching up on comments because NaNo is over. Oops. XD)


  2. It’s kind of terrifying how having absolutely no information for this story at all makes it sound so much like my own NaNo novel…. AHA. I’M NOT PANICKING. DEFINITELY BNOT. *sweats nervously*

    But oh my goodness!!! Even with very little information, this is making me SO EXCITED!!! to hear more about this project someday!!! Project Foxtail sounds like it’s going to be so much fun to write! (and also the code name and graphic are absolute perfection??? I approve of this heartily. XD)

    Funnily enough, my NaNoWriMo project is something that I don’t really want to divulge too much information on, either, so you have given me hope of being able to do this linkup without giving everything away. XD Bless you. XD

    Good luck with NaNoWriMo!!! (and also can I friend you on the site?? I’d love to be NaNo buddies!)

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    • Thank you! I am looking forward to sharing more about it someday! In the meantime I’m trying to figure out how to write the second half now that NaNo was a success. ๐Ÿ˜€

      AAHHH A FELLOW WHITE COLLAR FAN! *high-fives* It’s sooo good, and, yes, criminally underrated. XD

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  3. Hehehe, awwww, this was fun! Even though I feel like I still know absolutely nothing about your story, I’m glad YOU’RE excited about it and I can’t wait to hear more actual things about it.

    Also, this post is so full of all my favorite crime show peoples that I just want to hug it to pieces!

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    • Eheheh, I’m glad you found it fun despite not knowing anything about the story. XD I’m looking forward to sharing more about iiiit! Meantime I have to figure out how to write the second half. ๐Ÿ˜€

      Aaaah, yes! All my favorite crime show peoples too! *high five*


  4. Well, I totally second everyone else and say I AM ALL THE EXCITE even though this was the foggiest set of answers ever. XD I LOVE IT. As soon as I read your intro saying that you were going to do the linkup anyway, I thought, “Yep, Deborah will have zero problem with that. She writes epic book reviews that give nothing away, so she’s used to this.”

    Anyway! This sounds completely fabulous and I hope you have SO MUCH FUN writing it! Cheering for you! A+ gif usage too, by the way. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • Aaahh, thank you! I’m glad you liked it despite my foggy answers. XD Awww, thank you! That makes me happy. ^_^

      THANK YOU! I did have so much fun writing it — the first half anyway. ๐Ÿ˜‰ And congrats on your own INCREDIBLE first NaNo! (I am only now getting around to comment responses because I can finally breathe again now that NaNo is over. XD) Aww, thanks! I had so much fun with these gifs. ๐Ÿ˜€

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