I Rave Endlessly about my NaNoWriMo Novel ( magical realism, darkness and Germany) // Beautiful Books

SURPRISE! I’m talking about my writing!

Which I hardly ever do. I haven’t talked about my writing…in over a month?  to be fair, I haven’t  been doing much writing. Yeah, I’ve been just frolicking about eating ice cream and climbing trees and eating blueberries whilst cracking eggs and flipping pancakes in the air and phoning up the Loch Ness Monster so we can talk and also catch up with my Komodo dragon so we can read books together and bake muffins.

Okay wow, that was oddly specific.

The point is, I’m hoping November will BE THE MONTH that I get back into writing because 1) everything I currently write sucks 2) I MISS WRITING.

And because I have to be trendy and down with the kids (okay what) I am participating in the Beautiful Books, hosted by Cait @ Paper Fury and Sky @ Further Up and Further In. Here’s the gorgeous button if you want to participate or find out more.

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1. What inspired the idea for your novel, and how long have you had the idea?

I honestly don’t know?? Really ideas just come to me whenever I’m outside, waiting for stuff. Whenever I have time to think. So this was just another idea in my treasury of crazy thoughts that I really want to write about.

I’ve had the idea for about 2 months now? So I’ve had time to develop it and think things through but I actually haven’t done any of that so send help.

Long-Divider2. Describe what your novel is about

Oh wow. this question SEEMS simple but really…no.

So it’s about this guy who may or may not be immortal and every time it hits midnight he turns into a silhouette/shadow. And he basically goes around the city…just watching people, slithering into pockets or houses and things like that. Really, he won’t admit to himself, he’s looking for his little brother who has been missing for a long time.

And then, he meets this girl (who ends up being a storm inside skin) who has set up this Creativity Centre where children go and paint, writes, makes music etc –> All the arts. It’s for less privileged kids and such and so he checks it out, looking for his brother as a bonus and he discovers magic, love and maybe even his long-lost brother.

Long-Divider3. What is your book’s aesthetic? Use words or photos or whatever you like!

black. burning. shadows. silhouettes. storms. magic. brothers. love. create. paint. play. notes. clouds. ghost. night. stars. funeral. grave. germany.

Long-Divider4. Introduce us to each of your characters!

Wow, you actually expect me to have character names. WOW. UNREALISTIC EXPECTATIONS. However, I do have temporary names (that might stick, who knows?) They are super weird names but research okay.

Jackie  –> She’s the girl and she is made from storms and stars. She runs this creative place and teaches the boy about magic. She’s REALLY sassy and bold but also likes to help people. She likes to eat ice cream. She also collects feathers and sews her own amazing dresses. OH AND SHE IS PROUD SLYTHERIN.

Skatten –> He’s the boy and he is made of silhouettes and shadows. He used to get abused when he was younger and he has lost his brother (or twin?) He likes to write stories and poems. He is very quiet and likes to eat chocolate. He’s in Ravenclaw.

Suchen –> He’s the long-lost brother and THERE WILL BE CHAPTERS FROM HIS POV. #exciting #hufflepuff

Morde –> She’s this little orphan at the centre and is super cute and likes to build castles and pretend she is the queen of them. HUFFLEPUFF TOO.

Alt –> He’s this man who’s very ominous and #spoilers. I will say no more. Literally all the houses.


5. How do you prepare to write? (Outline, research, stocking up on chocolate, howling, etc.?)



But I’m part of TWO NaNo Group Chats on Twitter and they are definitely helping! Also, chocolate and ice cream are much needed, thank you <3. I’ve been doing research for German culture and things BECAUSE I AM OBSESSED WITH GERMANY OKAY.

Long-Divider6. What are you most looking forward to about this novel?


Anyways MAGIC. So excited for the magic. It’s going to come out the creativity of music, painting and words and it’s going to be so SO perfect when I write about it. Wow, I can’t wait to look back on how confident I was.

Long-Divider7. List 3 things about your novel’s setting.

GERMANY –> So I am just really obsessed with Germany? And like hopefully it will be set here. if anyone knows anyone or websites that could help me out please let me know! (OOH LOOK JACKIE)

AUTUMN –> SO this is the opposite of a summer novel. There will be storms and falling leaves and rain and drizzle and it’ going to be thunder clapping dark novel okay.

BIG CITY –> I was going to go for the village, smol cottage sort of vibe but…I think I want to go for a big city with dark alleyways and broken glass and massive buildings.

Long-Divider8. What’s your character’s goal and who (or what) stands in the way?

So Skatten wants to find his brother, that’s his main goal but he doesn’t know where to look or where his brother is. He can’t remember anything about what happened but he does have lots of flashbacks. Really it is his MIND stopping him from finding out more about his brother.

Long-Divider9. How does your protagonist change by the end of the novel?

I’m really not too sure about this one and mainly because of spoilers, I can’t say much. I can say though that Skatten learns how to move on, he learns that magic can’t solve everything and that sometimes you need to reach out to other people, it’s not always good to be alone.

Long-Divider10. What are your book’s themes? How do you want readers to feel when the story is over?


Self-acceptance –> Okay this is GOING TO BE DARK, but I really want to add in themes of the characters coming to terms with who they are and loving themselves for it.

Darkness –> IT IS GOING TO BE REALLY DARK AT SOME POINTS like really gory and bloody and stabby. I’m also including a little baby dragon BUT I SHALL SAY NO MORE.

Love –> This is going to tackle all kinds of love like toxic love, self-love, and romantic love. And which is more important and such.

HOW I WANT YOU TO FEEL –> A SLOBBERING MESS ON THE FLOOR WHO’S HEART HAS BEEN TRAMPLED ALL OVER ON. Also a little confused and messed up and stunned because that’s what I am here for. :))))))))))


Let's Whisper

Are you participating this year? Stocking up on stationery and chocolate? Are you a plotter or panster? How are you preparing? What Writing have you been up to? ARE YOU OBSESSED WITH GERMANY, okay, no, just me then. Scared, Nervous, Excited? Tell me about your NaNo Novel!

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46 thoughts on “I Rave Endlessly about my NaNoWriMo Novel ( magical realism, darkness and Germany) // Beautiful Books”

  1. This sounds really intriguing! I mean: autumn, magical realism and art? Hell yeah 😍 (also, I‘m from Germany. If you have any questions about living here and stuff like that, I‘d be happy to help you!) 💫

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    1. THANK YOU HANNAH!!! I love autumn-themed books SO MUCH. And art and magic and asdfghjkl My MIND IS DOING HAPPY DANCES RIGHT NOW JUST THINKING ABOUT IT. You are from germany? *flails* Ahh, that’s amazing! I’m going to be doing some major research tomorrow but how I would I contact you (Twitter, email, hangouts?)

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      1. Autumn is the best season for books, I love that idea so much. I mean, autumn alone is magical already, right? 😍🍂
        You could contact me via goodreads, maybe? I think I found your blog over there, wait a sec, I’ll send you a message 😊

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  2. Ahem…SNIPPPETS SNIPPETS SNIPPETS!! You aren’t going to just…leave me here wanting to absolutley read this book but not being able to because it doesn’t exist yet will you??
    Magical realism is simply the best thing since dessert. And every single character sounds so amazing!! Skatten sounds like a sad quiet cinnamon roll and I already know that I love him and you’ll make him sad and ahhhh….just…promise me you’ll give him a warm blanket and all the chocolate and his brother back?? Pretty pleaseee??
    And if it’s set in Germany there has to be chocolate mate. ALL THE CHOCOLATE!!
    Good luck!! I hope it works out for you!!



      SKATTEN IS A TEMP. Name but HE IS VERY SMOL! I loveeee writing smol characters? AND HE IS A LITTLE RAVENCLAW ❤ ❤ HE IS SO SAD THO (close to suicidal)
      OMG OF COURSE CHOCOLATE. ANd Ice cream. And Cake. AND WAFFLES. Omg, this should just be a dessert book lol.
      Thanks for the luck BECAUSE I WILL BE NEEDING ALL OF IT.

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  3. I love how you describe your characters, all shadows and stars 🙂 They sound so beautiful and mystical! It’s amazing at the creativity people have, especially once NaNo rolls around, why don’t I ever see stuff like this on the bookshelves??? I’ll be doing NaNo too, I’m already all outlined and trying not to completely freak out these next few days because OMG IT’S ALMOST HERE. Best of luck!!!!


    1. omg OMG you just said the words ‘shadow and stars’ in your comment and I read it and OMG THIS MIGHT BE THE TITLE OR PART OF THE TITLE. YEs? So many NaNo novels SOUND AMAZING and much better than books I’ve read? HAHA THESE NANO NOVEL NEED TO HIT SHELVES ASAP!

      GOOD LUCK TO YOU TO and thanks for your comment?

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  4. okay frick off this sounds incredible. like im not even saying that in a ‘oh i gotta be nice’ way but i genuinely am baffled at HOW AMAZING THIS SOUNDS AND IF YOU DONT SHOWER US WITH SNIPPETS I WILL SCREAM AND CRY

    also those aesthetics damn


    1. DONT YOU DARE SCREAM AND CRY AND DISRUPT MY reading/napping/blogging/probably napping. JUST KIDDING. My snippets will be so trashy you will scream and cry no matter if I share them or not. AND LET’s HOPE I ACTUALLY HAVE SNIPPETS TO SHARE.

      I mean damn, NaNo will probably kill me

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  5. AHHHH ALL OF THIS SOUNDS SO FABULOUS??? I want to read all the snippets right now. ❤ I love your aesthetics so much, this inspires me and makes me want to read the book right this second. I hope you'll manage to write tons, because I, in a very selfish way, wants to read all the snippets as soon as possible ahah. Best of luck!!! ❤


    1. MARIEEEE THANK YOUU! Hopefully there WILL BE ACTUAL SNIPPETS so i can get to the stage of sharing them XD XD udsfxfjdshofhdois I am so glad you like the aethetics, they WERE ABIT THROWN TOGETHEr, oops. Thanks so much for the luck! I WILL BE NEEDING SO MUCH OF IT, ahahah.

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  6. Honestly wish I could read this – it sounds BRILLIANT. I’d love to see some snippets!! Also that aesthetic yesss, it sounds so mystical and unique.

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  7. MAGICAL REALISM FTW. This sounds so amazinggg! I actually don’t know that much about Germany, but I love travel so I’m all for stories set far away! Hehe. I’m not doing NaNo this year since my book isn’t ready (I adore plotting) but I might hatch onto the novel-writing excitment mid November or December once everyone’s finished and I’m the only one with out burn out idk who knows.


  8. so this sounds amazing?!?!?! SO DARK IM SO INTRIGUED!!!!!!
    “gory and bloody and stabby. I’m also including a little baby dragon BUT I SHALL SAY NO MORE.” –> PLS TELL ME MOREEEE!!!! PLEASE. “baby dragon” –> SO. CUTE. *COMBUSTS*
    Good luck with NaNoWriMo!!

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  9. me when i saw this post: !!?!??!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!!??!!?!?!!?!?!?!!!?!

    i fricking LOVE the names that you’re using for your novel??? skatten is such a cool name and so is suchen and morde a;jldf;alksjfd;laksdf. and yes for non-america settings?? i mean i usually write american settings bc it’s pretty much the only setting i know, but i think it’s important to branch out and try other places!!

    and ikr?? when i’m planning magical realism things i always get excited about it bc it’s just so COOL. i thought my wip was gonna be magical realism but then i started brainstorming and lol nope. ALSO THE AESTHETIC FOR YOUR NOVEL IS SO BEAUTIFULA SD;LFKAJSD;FLKASJDF. i love that “storm in skin” thing — so pretty.

    i adore the themes you want to cover omgggg. they’re all so important?? and i love that you’re showing self-love even tho it’s a dark novel. (also YAS FOR DARK NOVEL.) and you’re so luckyyyyy YOUR PROTAG HAS A GOAL.

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    1. me when i saw this comment: oops nano is already over so this will be akward to reply!

      AND YES I A M KEEPING THE NAMES SKATTEN AND SUCHEN! And I need to do SO much more research for germany when editing/rewriting (jackie better be ready)

      MAGICAL REALISM IS GREAT AND I AM GLAD YOU LIKE MY AESTHETICS. They are so very pretty I have to admit.

      I love my themes to and I LOVE SKATTEN SM OMG and yes! IT IS SO DARK.

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  10. Good luck!!

    I wanted to participate this year, but health concerns make it unwise. I don’t wanna set myself up for failure..

    I tend to be a pantser, but I’m moving towards being hybrid, using brief bullets as the story progresses. I write when I have the energy, getting frustrated by wanting to write more, and needing to honour when my body says we are tired. 😑

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  11. ERMEGERD THIS SOUNDS SO AMAZING. I think Skatten might be my actual soulmate. MADE OF SHADOWS?!?!? Quiet but writes??!??! EATS CHOCOLATE??? okay that might be a deal breaker because he’d eat all MY chocolate but other than that!!
    I am a plotter for sure, but my outline is nowhere near finished! I’m so excited anyways though, I love my characters so much in this book, and I can’t wait to write them!

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  12. I want to scream because I love all the ideas I read around for this NaNo! Skatten looks like me. Like, he eats chocolate and is a Ravenclaw too. Plus he loves to write.
    I never wrote any outline for my books, just a little scheme of what should happen in the chapter…. which is kind of outline actually, but it’s not full of details. I prefer to go by instisct when I write and see how the characters goes.

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  13. SELF-ACCEPTANCE. DARKNESS. LOVE?????? I’M HERE FOR ALL OF THESE. And omg the concept of your story sounds so COOL and I’m honestly so amazed that you came up with this!!! Like you did that!!!!!!!! UGH, amazing. And guess what’s even cooler??????? YOUR STORY BEING SET IN GERMANY LIKE YAAASSSSSSSSSSS I NEED THIS IN MY LIFE. I can’t wait to read this one once it gets published (hehehehehehwhhe) ❤

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