Sunday, November 13, 2011

The DARE Squad

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After finishing my NaNoWriMo novel so early, I found myself wondering what to do next? No one else in my family had finished theirs yet. I was one on my own. Well, it wouldn't be any fun to go back to normal while everyone else was enjoying themselves. And so, I planned and began my new novel 'The DARE Squad'.

I first began to think about it when I idly looked at the dare machine on the young writer's program site. After writing many of the dares down, I suddenly had a brain wave. What if I wrote a book about a group of teen secret agents? What if they had to stop an evil villain from taking over time itself? And thus my story started.

To take a break from writing, giving my poor sore wrists a rest, I drew my four main characters: Marco, Chaz, Jo, and Emma. I thought I'd share them with you today.

Chaz is the eldest in the DARE Squad. He's an athlete, with a mischievous sense on humour and a love of wacky hair dyes.

Marco is their travelling brains. He's almost never separated from his beloved macbook. He's never seen without a hoodie either. Though quiet looking, he can be as naughty as Chaz at times.

Johanna, or Jo, is the beauty. She's a natural actress. She also loves to paint her nails. Woe betide the man or mission who smudges one of them. She and Chaz don't always get on.

Emma is the shy one. Normally she huddles away with her hair over her face. But when a mission calls, she shows her lion heart and turns in a new, more confident person.

So, that's what I'm working on now. What do you think of my story and characters? Do you have any suggestions? And also, the 'DARE' in DARE squad is hopefully going to be an acronym. Any suggestions as to what it can mean?


  1. That's very cool. I wish you luck! I'll let you know if I come up with anything. :)

  2. I think it's pretty cool myself. Though the storyline seems fairly run of the mill, I pretty sure I can stop it from becoming boring.

  3. I'm quite intrigued by your characters. Sounds great!

  4. Thanks Victoria, I'm looking forwards to getting to know my characters better over the course of the story. I quite like them already. Emma's my favourite so far. I can just feel a mysterious past behind her.

  5. Congratulations on finishing your novel! And, writing a new one, too!! I'm impressed.

    Can't wait to read them aloud to the children:)

  6. Imogen, you are amazing! YOU FINISHED YOUR BOOK AND STARTED ANOTHER!!!! Wow, I think you just blew away my mind and my word count...
    Congrats and keep up the amazing work!

  7. Aunty Vicky, maybe you can read my stories when I've edited them and made them pretty. At the moment they're a little bit confused and quite horrendous!

  8. Jessica, you are amazing too. You're doing NaNoWriMo, how could you fail to be? I bet your story is going to be better than my two because you've taken more time over it.

    I'm enjoying writing so much I can't stop writing!