Beautiful Books #1 // Introducing my NaNo WIP

So this weekend, I finally got around to plotting my NaNo novel and since I finally have a better idea of what this book is going to be about, I threw together a Beautiful Books post! This is only my second time doing NaNoWriMo – the first time was two years ago anddidn’t win but I wrote 16,000 words. Last year I was planning on doing NaNoWriMo but I kind of fell out of love with my novel idea and ditched it (I had no backup okay!!). By the way, Beautiful Books is a writing link-up that focuses on your NaNoWriMo novel or another WIP you would prefer to talk about. 

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How did you come up with the idea for your novel, and how long have you had the idea?

I was on tumblr and I saw a post about how there should be more books with magic in a “modern-day setting” like you can go to Starbucks and there will be witches who serve you drinks with “a little extra.” This idea just kind of stuck with me for a few weeks and evolved into something else where I decided that I want my book to have magical realism (the acceptance of magic in the rational world) but that shouldn’t be the plot or main focus – instead I  want the story to focus on the main character’s struggle with anxiety & panic attacks (which means it’s also going to have a bit of a contemporary feel to it). Anyway, I guess I’ve had the idea for about two months (I really don’t keep track of these things haha).

Why are you excited to write this novel?

(Correct me if I’m wrong but) I don’t think a book like the one I want to write for NaNo exists yet so I feel like my idea is really original. Maybe it isn’t but the fact that wrote it will (hopefully) make it different from whatever is already out there. But I’m actually equally nervous because my NaNo novel  will be very diverse and there will be at-least two if not more issues that I’ll be addressing through the MC’s POV (which haven’t personally experienced).. 

What is your novel about, and what is the title?

I initially named it magic and madness but like I said, the magic isn’t supposed to be the focus of the novel so the working title is now Vivid. My novel is about an 16 year-old girl named Radha, who belongs to an Indian family of witches, and is struggling with depression and anxiety while trying to keep her younger sister (Sathya) from doing something stupid in her quest to be the “stereotypical teenager.” (Also, everyone is aware that magic exists because they possess at-least a shred of magic.)

Sum up your characters in one word each. (Feel free to add pictures!)

Okay this is incredibly difficult (especially since I am still getting to know my characters) so I’ll have to cheat a little! 

Radha (main character) – Artist // Loves swimming in the Sea


Sathya (Radha’s sister) – Reckless


Which character(s) do you think will be your favourite to write? Tell us about them!

Sathya will be very interesting to write because she’s a very reckless and impulsive character. She will make the most random decisions and find ways to justify them.  Another interesting thing about her is that she has chromesthesia (sound-to-color synesthesia) and she’s a pianist. That means that when Sathya plays the piano, she will hear music that she will associate with different colors. 

What is your protagonist’s goal, and what stands in the way?

Her goal is to survive the school year (and hopefully have a decent GPA) and the only thing standing in her way…is well her mental illness. There’s also the fact that her sister is not making the best decisions.

Where is your novel set? (Show us pictures if you have them!)

Hong Kong! It’s actually perfect because Radha happens to love swimming in the ocean (which is actually possible where I live – there’s even a small beach five minutes away).

What is the most important relationship your character has?

I think Radha’s relationship with her sister is incredibly important because Sathya is the one who is there for her when it matters despite her fickle/flighty nature. They look out for each other. 

How does your protagonist change by the end of the novel?

I think she will be way more confident and more likely to advocate for herself and her needs. 

What themes are in your book? How do you want your readers to feel when the story is over?

I guess the main theme is growing up (and making less bad decisions?..idk..) and there’s definitely diversity (main characters are Indian).. I want the ending to feel bittersweet (because that’s the way I always feel at the end of the day). 

I just don’t know which genre my NaNo novel belongs in because there is magic but it’s not the focus of the book at all. 

I’m skipping the bonus question this time because I want to write 50K in a month first before I start dishing out advice. 

Be my writing buddy! | Check out the pinterest board for Vivid

19 thoughts on “Beautiful Books #1 // Introducing my NaNo WIP

  1. YOUR STORY SOUNDS SO AWESOME AND I NEED IT! It sounds like an epicly diverse book and I need more of those in my life. 🙂 Indian main characters as well as mental illnesses? Yes please!

    I actually don’t read enough magical realism books (I’m more of a full-blown magic-y world girl myself), but your example with Starbucks really has me intrigued. 😉

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    1. OMG THANK YOU XD I guess *I’ll* have to read more magical realism book as “research” for my project. But from what I’ve read so far, they don’t really have a lot in common other than the “acceptance of magic in the rational world.”

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  2. Oh wow Vivid sounds AWESOME. I definitely think it’s original. I don’t think there are books like this yet, since it’s so original someone in the book community would’ve found it by now! Good luck on NaNo; I hope you succeed! 😀

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  3. Whoa, this sounds awesome! I love the idea of implementing magic but making it a small deal in favor of life problems.
    I’ll definitely be looking out for your story Rachana! Especially for my Indian friend who is recently down in the dumps because of school and stress and family… She loves magic, and I think she can totally relate! 😀

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    1. I’m glad you think so! Thank you 😀 Well you will be a while before it’s published but I do hope to share snippets and the like online 🙂 Yea, school & family does get to me sometimes too but writing keeps me sane 😛 (I’m probably going to base some of the cultural stuff on my own experiences because who needs to research right? But I actually want to read more books with Indians in them who speak languages other than Hindi.)

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      1. Yes, first hand experience is the best kind of research! Can’t wait to see snippets. And totally agree on the books with Indians who don’t speak Hindi. Which languages do you speak? (I have a couple of friends who speak Telugu but I know there are many out there) I feel like Hindi is the immediate stereotype for Indian characters sometimes.

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  4. OMG YOUR BOOK SOUNDS SO SO AMAZING. *fangirls intensely* I absolutely adorE the idea of having a world of magic but having it not be the focus. And it’s also about sisters?! SQUEEEEE. This book is exactly the kind that I would eat off the shelves. I think it’d still be classified as Magical Realism though, right? Because of the magic influences? I don’t think I’ve read a book like it either! XD
    Good luck on your project and I hope this book is heaps of fun to write! 😀
    thanks for joining in, too!!

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    1. THANK YOU SO MUCH – I’m glad you like it XD I was a bit worried my idea wasn’t *really* original but now that it’s been confirmed by you, it’s OFFICIAL! 😀 Thanks for hosting such an awesome link-up !


  5. Your story sounds very interesting and I get having difficulties putting it in a certain genre. Maybe if you just go with Contemporary with a magical twist?
    I am very intrigued and hope you have fun during NaNoWriMo! If I could write 50,000 words last year, than I am sure you can do it too!

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    1. Thanks! Hmm yea it’s not really full on fantasy but I don’t want to confuse people by saying contemp & then having all the magical stuff.
      Thanks for the encouragement! Hopefully I’ll make some progress.

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  6. WAIT UP. Were we inspired by the same Tumblr post and ARE WE GOING TO WRITE OUR RESPECTIVE COMMERCIAL MAGIC STORIES TOGETHER? Because that is simply TOO FANTASTIC. But like mine is full-on fantasy and yours is magical realism, so I guess it’s not that much of an overlap. I love that you’re writing about anxiety / panic attacks with this kind of potion-y thing, because it really helps refute the idea there’s no magic cure. And also synesthesia needs to be in books more. Also your characters seem SO AWESOME.

    And you’re setting a book in Hong Kong, which is EEK YAY SO MUCH YAY. (Mine also starts off in Hong Kong and moves north later.) And magical realism is a genre, I’d say, so just call it that 😛

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    1. HAhahah now that you mention it, I think I might have seen the post on your tumblr blog! But OMG YES THAT IS SO FREAKING COOL 😀
      Yeah I don’t think the overlap is that big but this is actually so cool! (Tbh I don’t know if there *will* be a magical cure! But I’ll write that down as a possible plot twist!)
      Well I’ve lived in HK for 6-7 years so I figured I may as well set it here! Magical realism it is, then.
      (Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting btw!)


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