The title and ideas came later, especially thanks to the song "Carry Your Throne" by Jon Bellion.
Barrie Whitman and Felix Meier are best friends--at least, until they tumble head-first into an entirely different world where they discover they're both heirs to rivaling kingdoms. Their whole lives turn upside down, as does their relationship with each other. As tensions mount, Barrie and Felix are forced to examine where their allegiances lie, as well as what--and who--matters most.
Dark forests, ravens, pale blue skies.
It involves a lot of screaming, I can tell you that much.
In reality, I try to think about my story as much as possible and plot it out in my head. Last year, when I jumped headfirst into NaNo with no plot, I realized I really need to plot out stuff before NaNo, so I'm trying to at least get a little idea of what this story is about. I'm also just trying to get to know the characters too, which is one of the most important parts of novel plotting for me. (Considering I have 3/5 characters named and little-to-no defined personalities, it's going GREAT!)
Writing fantasy again! It's been way too long. The last time I wrote fantasy was in 2012. I've grown a lot as a writer, and despite the fact that the motto of this novel is BE CLICHE AND HAVE FUN, I do have a couple twists in mind to make it super exciting.
I mean, just imagine the setting/feel of these three things: Robin Hood (BBC), Merlin (BBC), and Harry Potter (still British). That sums up what I'm aiming for with this novel. (Apparently I'm actually writing a BBC show, guys.)
I think it kind of changes throughout the book. For both Felix and Barrie, first their goal is to get home. Then their goal is to understand what is happening to them. Then their goal is to help their kingdoms succeed. As for what stands in their way? I'm hoping to have a couple different villains/obstacles, but one of the biggest villains they face is going to be each other.
Oh man, I have no idea since I have a feeling a lot of the story will come to me as I write it (no matter how much I try to plot; thanks, brain). But considering they go from reluctant heroes to willing participants in their fates, I think it's going to be a pretty significant change.
My hope is to convey the ambiguity of life and how not everything is clearcut and black and white. Instead, life is more like shades of gray. (No, not that kind of shades of gray.) I hope to try my hand at not being heavy-handed in who is "good" and who is "bad" and instead try to make everyone fully-rounded and human.
When the story is over, I hope that the readers have fully felt something. Whether they are crying, laughing, or throwing the book at the wall, I just hope they feel it.