On Writing


Welcome to November.

November, for many writers, is a time to get that story rolling around your brain onto the page. It turns out, deadlines are a great way for me to actually get shit done, and so every year I try my hand at National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), a competition that gets you to write 50,000 words in one month, with the reward being the first draft of a novel that YOU wrote.

I plan on chronicling my four weeks of writing with a little mini series where I wrap up the week. Kind of like my ‘Road to Publishing’ series, but on steroids. In this post, I just wanted to share the plot of my novel this year, as well as links and things where I talk about writing and where you can connect with me!

So far, my novel has the working title Royal Blood, which I wouldn’t mind keeping anyway. I don’t have a fancy, clean, worked out summary, so here’s a little ramble of ideas;

Set in a kingdom where winter dominates, a king is slowly dying. His two children, Marika and Gabriel Noskov, will never be ready for the throne. Gabriel, a soft-hearted, weak, and timid prince, prefers friendship with the servants and keeping his power of persuasion to himself. Marika, his younger sister, is soulless and uncaring, enjoying the presence of no one and reveling in the myth that she is a monster.

When other kingdoms hear of Gabriel Noskov’s inevitable rise to the throne, three princesses arrive to court with the determination to become his wife and Queen of Kamarov. But the positions of power are shifting, when Gabriel recognizes the power he holds, and Marika discovers her heart in one of the princesses.

Feel free to add me on Nanowrimo, and I’ll be tweeting a lot about writing and Nano-goodness over on Twitter. Happy writing!

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  1. Sammie @ Bookshelves & Biros

    November 1, 2016 at 10:41 am

    Good luck, Hollie! Your story sounds really intriguing. 🙂

  2. Josie

    November 1, 2016 at 11:49 am


    (I may be a little enthusiastic about the plot.)

    1. hollie (hollieblog)

      November 1, 2016 at 12:11 pm

      Haha I love the enthusiasm thankyou!

  3. Madeline @ The SFF Bookshelf

    November 1, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    Oh, this sounds REALLY good! Good luck with NaNaWriMo, Hollie! 🙂

    1. hollie (hollieblog)

      November 1, 2016 at 8:40 pm

      Yay thankyou very much! 😙

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    November 6, 2016 at 7:16 pm

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