NaNoWriMo, 2018: Day 1 (Thank you, readers!)

NaNoWriMo is starting! I’m super excited but mostly terrified. Thank you for everyone who voted yesterday in my poll. I was honestly surprised how many people voted for #2, Peppermint Poison with a Pinch of Paris (it finished with about 53% of the vote). It was definitely one I did not think many would choose. In fact, it’s the one I’m the least prepared for. I have nothing but the synopsis and an idea of the protagonist. That’s about it.

As a reminder of those who didn’t read my last post, here’s a synopsis of my story.

“On Christmas Day, 1891, one of the more horrific poisonings in the world’s history occurred at Mon Petit Ange School, a Paris boarding school for girls aged 5 to 14, when packages of peppermint candy were laced with cyanide, killing every teacher and student. Except one.

“Lizet Beauchamp was only six years old in 1891. She was disappointed to be sick on Christmas, forced to stay in bed on Christmas Eve without any candy. She wakes up the next morning to dead silence, climbs out of bed slightly delirious with fever, and leaves her room to discover bodies strewn all over the school. She is the only survivor, and yet she cannot tell investigators anything useful and the case goes unsolved.

“Nineteen years have passed and as Christmas 1910 settled over snowy France again, Lizet tries to live an ordinary life now with a husband and little daughter herself, though nightmares of that hellish day still haunt her dreams. That is, until she receives a letter…a letter from her closest friend at Mon Petit Ange School…her closest friend who died in the poisoning. The letter merely begs, “S’il vous plaît…sauvez-nous. S’il te plait reviens” (please…save us. Please come back). The note shakes Lizet to her core, and she knows her heart will never rest until she finds out the truth of what happened that night. So she returns to Paris to uncover her own memories, and a horrible secret that she has repressed for nearly two decades.”

Since it’s mostly set in 1910 in Paris, I need to do tons of historical research and brush up on my French. If you notice this coming month that my blog devolves into mostly reviewing books about Paris, I’m sorry. It’s for research. My focus is really going to be on my book this month and while I probably won’t be doing daily posts like I did for the last two NaNoWriMo’s, I will be giving frequent updates on word counts and progress.

However, this month I will probably be sharing slightly more of my story than I did the last times. Usually, I talk about my word count, but I thought I’d be sharing more about the book itself. I won’t be posting full chapters, mostly because I don’t think my first drafts are good enough to be seen by anyone, but I’ll be sharing quotes and anything else I feel like. For now, here’s the cover I created for this novel.


For the record, this is not my picture. I just edited a picture I found on Pinterest and added the title. If you guys are interested in creating your own cover for your book, I would recommend two free websites: Pixlr Editor and BeFunky Photo Editor. Both of them are websites I use daily for both my blog and my books and each has their own strengths.

As for Lizet, my protagonist and main character, I usually pick out an actress or character from a movie who looks how I imagined her. In this case, I picked Clémence Poésy (probably most famous as Fleur Delacour in Harry Potter). She’s a bit old for Lizet (Lizet is twenty-five and Clémence is thirty-six). However, she looks perfect and she starred in Birdsong in 2012 when she would have been about thirty, making her closer to Lizet’s age. Here’s a picture of her character from the movie for reference.

There you have my cover and my main character’s inspiration!

When I write another update, I will give more details as well as current word count. As you can probably guess by this post, my updates will be more musings than my previous NaNoWriMo’s have been. I apologize for that, and I give no fault to any of my readers for skipping these posts. In fact, if you are still reading this, post a comment starting with Peppermint Poison! I’m just curious how many people actually made it through this far, because at this point I’m rambling.

Also, be sure to let me know how you guys are doing! Are you competing in NaNoWriMo? If so, what genre are you writing? Even if you aren’t, what’s your favorite genre to write? How do you come up with your characters? Their faces? A book cover? Let me know your thoughts down in the comments, follow my blog for more madness and, as always,

Best wishes in your life full of adventure,

Madame Writer

12 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo, 2018: Day 1 (Thank you, readers!)

  1. I look forward to those story updates you’ll be posting throughout the month. Also, I like the mock cover. Another site I’ll recommend in creating covers for your books is Canva. I do use the two you mentioned, but Canva is also wonderful.

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      1. You’re utmost welcome! Yes, do check out Canva. You’ll like it. Most of the graphics and short story covers on my blog is all Canva. Have fun! 😄

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  2. Peppermint Poison. Go for it!
    I look forward to reading your story!

    I just searched online for NaNoWriMo. Wow, it’s interesting and inspiring! I think it’s a great way to kick the habit of procrastination(。ò ∀ ó。). Anyway, writing 50000 words in a month is amazing!

    As for me, I don’t read many novels and I think I’m running out of imagination as I get older. I did write a 20000-word novel when I was around 15 years old. It was really childish. But I love it when I could write with freedom and passion instead of the fear of failure.

    Good luck with your story!

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    1. 20,000-word book is an accomplishment! I wrote my first book when I was around 15 too. That is the thing I love about NaNoWriMo. It forces you to stop procrastinating and focus. I agree with you that, as I get older, I fear failure more than as a child. When I was a child, I never cared about what I wrote. Now I’m constantly worrying it won’t be good enough. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

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      1. What a coincidence! (。ò ∀ ó。)
        Children and teenagers are pure and courageous, full of imagination and energy. Adults are more experienced, cautious and rational. They consciously hone their skills more than children and teenagers. Perhaps with more experience, we have higher standard for our work and care more about people’s opinions. It’s good to some degree! I think the perfect mindset is a mix of chidren ( and teenagers) and adults!
        Don’t worry. Take your time. Way to go!

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