I want to be a writer. I want my stories to be read by young people, and I want those young people to feel a connection with my words in a way that makes them want to change, to become readers, to value the written word in the same way that Harry Potter taught me that books can transport us and make life so much more.

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Last Sunday I talked about Camp NaNoWriMo, something that I can’t wait to participate in. (If you are interested, this is my profile page! Add me as a friend!) For some reason, crazy difficult deadlines and the assumption that people all around the world are struggling with their words in the same way that I am makes me feel alive. Camp NaNoWriMo is just a way for me to get writing, but this time I will be more prepared than I ever thought possible.

I’ve been trying to figure myself out as a writer, writing some novels as a pantser (person who writes an entire novel by the seat of his or her pants) and some novels I have tried to be a planner (person who plans the story). When it came down to it, however, I couldn’t pants or plan because I didn’t know what should come next. Writing a novel is really freaking hard. Really hard. SO MANY WORDS! I mean seriously. People think it’s so easy and say “I could do that,” but it isn’t easy, and not everyone has the guts and gumption to fail and fail again in order to get the right words in the right sequence to tell the right story.

So, I picked up a copy of Story Engineering by Larry Brooks and learned a little bit about story structure and story architecture. I don’t know everything, but I do know a lot more about sequence of events in a story so that I can make my story about Jayne the best that I’ve written to date. I thought that today I would share the synopsis of my Jayne novel (still unnamed. I really struggle with titles).

Jayne always loved books, but not as much as her mom, Meredith, loved them. Meredith would spend hours and hours reading by candle light; she loved books so much that she sometimes forgot about her mischievous, daredevil daughter.

Mostly, that was quite alright with Jayne. She liked to read, but more importantly, she liked to go on adventures. Her farmhouse in the country was the perfect backdrop for all her best adventures, where she and her cat, Meow, would travel through time, flying spaceships and crash-landing back on earth, leading revolts like Joan of Arc and sometimes solving mysteries. 

But one day, her mom moves her to the suburbs, saying that she needs to interact with people her own age. Easy for her to say. So to the suburbs they go, and Jayne’s daredevil nature will only get her in more trouble than she ever imagined. One day, Jayne gets on the wrong side of the school bully when she sticks up for August Jones, the smallest boy in their class. 

A series of events lead Jayne and August into a dare that will forever change the course of their lives. The haunted house becomes a gateway, the gateway leads one to adventure, and one home, but will they be able to do what destiny demands? Can our choices really define our identity? Or, are we who we are meant to be? How does the girl who has always wanted nothing more than an adventure handle it when she is hurled into a world in the middle of a fairy tale civil war? 

The story has changed a bit, developed some more, and become something that I hadn’t originally thought was possible. This blurb isn’t quite complete with all of the new story planning that I have been doing. Once I get it updated, I’ll share it here. I hope that you enjoy the synopsis and I’ll keep you all updated!

P.S. Happy Friday!

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