NaNoWriMo was set to start on Nov. 1 whether I had a plan or not.  So I went over to my co-blogger’s house and sat at her cozy kitchen nook and jotted down some character notes.

A few minutes later, I had a vague plan.  Meet Anna, an aspiring Valkyrie.

Then, before I even had written a word of her story, I went to an artist and commissioned a cover.  Here it is, thanks to the talented artist Christa H. at Paper and Sage.

Despite totally pantsing it when I am by nature a plotter, this cover made it very real for me and when I complete my 50k words, I intend to buy a print to frame for my wall.

I started with a pre-made and it took 4 revisions to get it exactly right.  (The package came with 3 revisions.)  I love it.  The NaNoWriMo folks have all kinds of stats on who makes it to the 50k and one of the added factors to success is having a cover.  I think I can understand why.

“When you believe it, you can see it.” ~Wayne Dyer (sorta)