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!
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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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