NaNo 2019 Project: “Crystallia” Moodboard & Synopsis

I figure it’s about time I actually tell you what I’m writing about during November, huh?

I think I mentioned this before, but I’m writing an adult high fantasy novel for NaNoWriMo, only I’m doing it a little differently from most. Essentially I want to see if I can write a solid story with a fleshed-out fantasy world in a much shorter format. I’m talking a completed novel in about 50,000 words. Which seems like a lot, and it’s technically the goal for NaNoWriMo, but it’s not very much for a fantasy novel.

I expect it to be around 17 to 20 chapters, and I’m just trying to have fun with it, really. I wanted it to be a stress-free and fun sort of candy-project. Just fun for me to write, and a way for me to practice and play around with ideas I wouldn’t normally attempt. Of course, I don’t know how to have fun anymore and I’m taking it way too seriously, but I’ll save that for tomorrow’s week one wrap up.

For now, I’m calling it “crystallia” as a sort of project title, but it’s not an actual word in the story (yet!) and it won’t be in the actual title either. I just thought it sounded cool. Kinda fits with the inspiration behind the story, too.

And now for the synopsis part – this has never been my strong suit so bear with me as I attempt to distil my weird plot into a couple of sentences:

The Synopsis

10 years ago the Empire appeared in Garemauld, floating above the last of human civilization in a fleet of flying dreadnoughts. Despite being loyal to the Empire, Adin has been granted favour by the Sword of Illyrie, and the powers that were endowed to him have reduced him to little more than a puppet for the Empire’s using. Cerah is the last of her great house, ancient families sworn to defend the Sword of Illyrie, and she spends every day in hiding, trying to survive while the Empire sends it’s most elite to hunt her down. When Adin finds Cerah, he believes he has found the key that might set him free forever, and if Cerah can earn Adin’s trust, she might finally be able to stop hiding. They stand on opposite sides of a coming war, but if they can find a way to work together, they just might be able to survive it.

So, what do you think? I think it turned out pretty good for my first attempt. It could use some work, but I’m still writing the first draft so it’ll probably change shape as I get a feel for what the story is about.

What inspired me to write it?

Honestly, video games did. I’m talking rpgs and jrpgs. Final Fantasy and Skyrim. Trails in the Sky and Divinity: Original Sin. I wanted to write a really over-the-top fantasy world with crazy magic and monsters and impossible architecture.

My other manuscript, The Wolves of the Far North, is a lot more down-to-earth, and despite being a fantasy novel it’s pretty accessible and there isn’t anything completely out of the ordinary. For the most part. Video games are tied to my love of fantasy just as much as books are, so I wanted to indulge in that sort of over-the-top fantasy that you find in an rpg. I just keep asking myself: How can I make this more fantastic? How can I make this more over-the-top?

Let’s Chat!

What do you think of “Crystallia”? What are you working on for NaNoWriMo? Do you also struggle with synopses or do you have any handy tips? Let me know in the comments!

Author: Alyssa Flynn

Alyssa is a writer of fantasy and sci-fi, a certified geek, and a blogger over at Alyssa Lost in Space. She is currently writing her first novel which she plans to self-publish in Fall 2020.

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