Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Passion Project Update #2! :)

Okay, so I'm continually trying to write more of my manuscript. I am about to start a new chapter, so it's difficult to figure out how I should begin to word the opening paragraphs...

I have been researching how the brain works regarding perception and have a few seemingly reliable sources bookmarked. Reflections on what I posted previously for what I told you about my story would be greatly appreciated. What I mean by that is are there any suggestions on how the plot line could be improved? What would be your ideal story? Etc.

I am currently working on the rough draft of an official synopsis for "The Dreams of Teenage Nobodies" so that I can incorporate it into my passion project.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

"Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light." 

-Albus Dumbledore


I am continuing to work on my manuscript while I research how our brain perceives the information we take in as we read. I am currently on chapter seven of my novel, though I have the whole book planned out in bullets.  I plan on speaking with the school psychologist tomorrow, so I need to get my questions organized. I don't want to give the whole plot line away, but here are the basics...


  • Three protagonists- Constance, Chase, and Elita
    • The book is written in Constance's POV in first-person narrative. Her dad is in the military. She has the mindset that friends are a waste of time and effort if you are just going to leave in a few years.
    • Chase lives next door and is too witty and sarcastic for his own good;) He has lots of secrets that you will discover late into the novel.
    • Elita was born mute and believes strongly in the power of words, so she communicates through her own poetry.
  • Theme- Make your dreams heard. (We need to be heard)
    • The title is "The Dreams of Teenage Nobodies" so you can kind of see where the book is coming from...
    • Throughout the story, the characters discover themselves and try to take in the world around them.
    • One of my favorite lines in the book is, "We are nobodies, Chase Bone. Nobodies with dreams of being somebodies." This introduces the meaning of the title and is reiterated in one of Elita's poems.
  • Warnings-
    • Okay, so this is a contemporary novel, so it will be sort of depressing in some parts. The goal is to create a story that teens can relate to and reflect on. Chase, Constance, and Elita are all fifteen, or turning fifteen soon. Their book will include the struggles of teens who think about things way over their heads and sometimes bury themselves underneath their worries and questions. 
  • This is how the book starts before the first chapter...


I’m going to tell you a story, a story you all need to hear because we need to be heard. This tiny sliver of my life is why I am who I am today. This is not cuddly or pretty, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t beautiful. Life isn’t perfect or it wouldn’t be living. But the people I met through my story were as close to perfect as you could get. We didn’t live perfect lives, or have perfect influences, but we had each other. And you, my well loved reader, now have me.

-Constance Neismith