The amazing Christine @ Musings of an Elf has created a new link-up called Know the Novel! It's going to have three parts and this is the first!
I really like these questions so I can properly introduce The Scroll of Wisdom! Let's get to it!
1. What first sparked the idea for this novel?
As some of you may recall, last Nano I worked on a novel called the Crown of Light. This is the first book in that series. What really sparked the idea for this is when I decided to link The Crown of Light and Courage For Those Who Have None. Then I changed the worldbuilding a bit. I added in the Magical objects for each country and decided that Myragi and Zirrith (the two countries in Courage For Those Who Have None) used to be one country. I originally hadn't intended to pursue it further but I kept thinking "Why did Myragi and Zirrith go their separate ways?" And The Scroll of Wisdom was born. It's kinda funny (if you think about it) that this book is about the separating of Myragi and Zirrith (previously known as Ilia Couragis) when the MC is a prince from Ilia Scriptura.
2. Share a blurb!
Prince Kile of Ilia Scriptura knows that he will never be king, that boring job is left to his brother. But when a strange turn of events happens and Kile is made the Crown Prince, how will the prince who has lived in frivolity all his life govern the wisest kingdom in Ilia?
3. Where does the story take place? What are some of your favorite aspects about the setting?
The first half of the story is set in Ilia Scriptura and the second half is set in Ilia Couragis. My favorite thing about Ilia Scriptura (and we really only see the city of Scriptura) is that it's so secure. There has never been a murmur of dissent against the monarch because they can never doubt that whoever is ruling is the rightful ruler. It's so organized and peaceful. My favorite thing about Ilia Couragis is that it's so wild. Only one-fourth of the country is populated and it gives Ilia Couragis a wild feeling. The people are so passionate and fiery, the Northerners even more than the Southerners.
4. Tell us about your protagonist.
I did this post last week so there's a lot of info about Kile there. But I'll just say some things for the sake of answering this question. Kile is the Prince Royale (which essentially means that he is second-in-line to the throne) of Ilia Scriptura. Stuff happens and he becomes the Crown Prince. Read that post I linked to learn more about him!
5. Who (or what) is the antagonist?
*cough* Well, there isn't a really clear-cut antagonist. I mean like it kinda switches and I can't explain more because #spoilerschildrens.
6. What excites you the most about this novel?
Besides the plot, I'm really excited about the characters and the world. I've done a lot of worldbuilding (still need to do more) and I'm super excited about the world.
7. Is this going to be a series? Standalone? Something else?
This is book one in a 5 book series. As you know I started writing book 3 before book 1 even crossed my mind.
8. Are you plotting? Pantsing? Plansting?
Plotting. I find that I'm more creative and don't get writers' block the more detailed I am.
9. Name a few things that makes this story unique.
I....don't know.....I haven't written this yet and yeah...But something I hope that makes it unique is the story world.
10. Share a fun “extra” of the story (a song or full playlist, some aesthetics, a collage, a Pinterest board, a map you’ve made, a special theme you’re going to incorporate, ANYTHING you want to share!)
I'm going to share a screenshot from my Pinterest board (which you can find if you follow me on Pinterest) and my Spotify playlist :)
How's your Nano planning going? What are you most excited for in your novel? What are you writing for Nano? Tell me everything!