The time has come, and yes, I will be participating in Camp NaNoWriMo! For those who have no idea what Camp NaNoWriMo is, it’s like the November NaNoWriMo, but it’s set in April and June, has cabins (filled with writers you can talk to and get encouragement from), and you get to pick your own word count goal! It’s essentially more flexible than NaNoWriMo.
I hadn’t decided whether I was gonna participate until my BFF announced that she would be participating, and who am I to not join as well? I do far better when I have a partner to, essentially, compete with. And I managed to rope Charlotte into participating (bless her obsession with Pacific Rim for finally convincing her).
But enough of that intro, let’s get to my awesome project that I’m so excited about. MY OUTLAW BABES!
|WHAT IS YOUR STORY ABOUT?|
Project Name: OUTLAW BABES.
Yup, that’s what I call this project. In all caps. And yes, from the title, you can tell this is about outlaws—the thieving and the bounty hunter kind.
Plot: What happens when a “reformed” criminal, Erik, is pulled back into the thieving world he left behind by his ex-partner/girlfriend, Ophelia? Why does he return even though he wanted peace and normalcy? Let’s just say, a restless soul never stays down for long, especially when some trouble threaten family.
What you’d find: criminals stealing for the thrills and stealing to make ends meet, former partners working together and having to trust each other despite their rocky history (who could’ve had it all), the hot dusty deserts and seedy motels to hide in, brothers who look out for each other, quick hands that can pickpocket and draw a gun in a blink of an eye, found family that the characters create, nicknames that show off that bickering, people who believe that normalcy isn’t an option for them, decisions that cause guilt and regrets that tear people apart, and everything awesome.
It may not seem much, but I am queen of character development, so there will be some juicy and sexy things that happen. (Charlotte can vouch for this!)
I GET SO EMOTIONAL WHEN I LOOK AT THIS PICTURE. WHY? IT’S JUST THEIR BEAUTIFUL FACES. LOOK AT IT. This OUTLAW BABES idea spurred from this picture. I JUST LOVE THE LOOKS ON THEIR FACES. JUST SO DONE WITH THE WORLD. READY TO FUCK SHIT UP.
But, how do I really imagine my two characters’s faces? DJ Cotrona + Bridget Regan.
THESE TWO! <3 I loved DJ Cotrona a lot in From Dusk Till Dawn as Seth Gecko (which is the face in that headshot). He would be absolutely perfect as Erik since DJ does play an outlaw on that show, so it’s not such a stretch. HIS FACE IS A GOOD ONE, OKAY? (Oh man, I’m reminiscing about how much I loved him when I was a teenager.) Now, Erik is just—I don’t even know how to begin to talk about him. He’s such a complicated character who’s brain is always at conflict with each other, especially when it comes to Ophelia. And he’s protective as hell (I can only think of hands! ;D There’s a reason for this, which I don’t want to share just yet).
And my girl Ophelia! She is a fucking badass redhead, who I love A LOT. (I JUST WANT ALL THE GOOD THINGS FOR HER BECAUSE SHE’S SUCH A LONE WOLF + THE SHIT SHE HAS TO DEAL WITH—LIKE SHE CAN FEND FOR HERSELF, BUT I WANT TO SHIELD HER FROM ALL THE HURT IN THE WORLD. YES I AM PROTECTIVE).
Now, the girl in the headshot picture isn’t the inspiration for Ophelia. Bridget Regan is. I have to give Charlotte for bringing Bridget to my attention. She thought she was a good redhead, and I agreed wholeheartedly that her hair color in Jane the Virgin (ie. 1, 2, 3, 4) was absolutely perfect for my girl. I declared her the hairspiration, but I grew in love with the idea of Bridget as Ophelia because she can be badass and sultry (from what I’ve gleaned from Jane the Virgin and Agent Carter).
SO YES, I AM IN LOVE WITH THEIR FACES—THEIR EVERYTHING. AND YES, I THINK THEY ARE PERFECT AS MY OUTLAW BABES! AND THAT’S ALL THAT MATTERS!
This playlist is what I listen to when I want to get into the writing zone. Usually, I never have enough time to put together a playlist, but I was so excited about this project that I needed to make one. This never fails to get me into the mood. It’s just so perfect. Listen to it, and tell me you don’t think about thieving outlaws—I dare ya.
This is a first. When NaNoWriMo comes around, I don’t do any prep work. I just wing it—go with wherever the water takes me, which, in hindsight, is a terrible mistake. I feel like the reasons why the last two NaNo projects I did failed (as in, me having to switch it a few days (or a week) into the event) is because I never have a clear idea of where I wanted to take it.
But this time, I have a plan! Charlotte and I did some character development questions, which was a perfect way of making us really think about our characters. I have sooo many scenes in my head that I’m itching to write! And unlike the previous times, I’m actually really in love with my characters. Truly.
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I am going to do Camp NaNoWriMo too – it is my first time doing the camp addition! I like how you laid out your idea! And I can always get behind a badass redhead main character!
Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings
I read and LOVED Charlotte’s idea yesterday and I’m just as in love with your idea. *__* Both would be stories I’d absolutely would read without second thought. And the picture that inspired it!! It definitely inspires one to think up stories. Bridget Regan was the perfect redheaded bombshell on Jane The Virgin!! Good luck to your future endeavors with this story. :)
“who could’ve had it all”
me: WE COULD HAVE HAD IT ALLLLLLLL ROLLING IN THE DEEEEEEeeEEeEP
All right anyway, onward. I am totally in love with your idea and Charlotte’s idea, and I cannot wait to see what else you guys put out this month about your stories. :D I also hope you both finish them because I neeeeeeed them. Like a lot a lot. Also both of your characters look especially ready to fuck shit up and I really hope they do.
Jessica Samuelsen says
I am excited you are doing Camp Nano Wrimo. I am doing it with a bunch of my friends as well… You are super prepared… I’ll be lucky if I have my scene list done in time… Eek!
Anne @ Lovely Literature says
Good luck!! I’m digging both your and Charlotte’s ideas for stories, so I hope you are able to accomplish all you set out to! I’m going to prepare my body for November, I can’t do more than one a year!
Okay first, I AM ROLLING ON THE FLOOR WITH FEELS BECAUSE THIS IS ALL TOO MUCH FOR ME AND BE PREPARED FOR A LONG ASS COMMENT.
EX-PARTNER/GIRLFRIEND. TROUBLE THREATENS FAMILY. OH GODDDD. Loll at you self-proclaiming you’re the queen of character development (you are good though) and YES THE JUICY AND SEXY TIMES. UGH YOUR OUTLAW BABES SERIOUSLY HAVE A HOT ROMANCE.
UGH FREAKING HANDS. ERIKKKKKK. I’M REMEMBERING THAT SCENE WITH THE BEER LOLLLL.
YOU’RE VERY WELCOME FOR BRIDGET. I’M SO GLAD I SUGGESTED HER. SHE IS SERIOUSLY SO PERFECT FOR OPHELIA. AND HER HAIRRRR. FIT FOR YOUR BADASS QUEEN.
I’M JUST SO EXCITED AND CAMP NANO IS SOON AND WE’RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT OUR BBS ALL MONTH LONG THIS IS TOO MUCH FOR ME OKAY BYE *LIES DOWN ON FLOOR*
Your project sounds awesome! I’m planning on participating this year but I don’t even have an idea for a project yet. I guess I’ll just be winging it this year!
Shannelle C. says
I’m hesitantly going to do this. I don’t even have a title yet, and I don’t know if I’ll even finish it (I failed NaNo every time I tried) but oh well. It won’t hurt to try!
Alexa S. says
Ooh, your WIP sounds fabulous! I think it’s awesome that you’re participating in Camp NaNoWriMo, and I will most definitely be rooting for you :)