It is NaNoWriMo time again! I have done NaNoWriMo for six years now. I have only “won” twice but every time it has helped me get significant work done for my manuscript.
This year I think I may have a better chance because the work event I am in charge of will be done on November 1st so my time will be more free than normal. I also have a friend who has been helping me stay on track.
I saw this tag created by Sophie ‘s Corner and thought it was a fun way to set up the coming month. This is a book I have been working on for a while but I have been doing a lot of preliminary work so hoping this November will help me get some real words on a page that I can use later.
- Thank the awesome blogger who tagged you!
- Link back to the creator of this tag, Sophie @ Sophie’s Corner. (I want to hear about your NaNo novels!!)
- Feel free to use the NaNoWriMo 20 Questions Tag graphics!
- Answer the questions.
- Tag some friends who are also doing NaNo this year.
- And have fun!
One – Tell about your NaNoWriMo project this year. Give a blurb.
A world where you can remove your Heart in order to ease your pain. Dampen your emotions to help yourself heal or move forward. Also a world where the rich and powerful can pay to obtain the power to control others with just their Voice.
Four individuals who are out to get back control of their lives. They unearth a conspiracy, one that shows just how little control everyone has. Can they stop those who want to take control from everyone, save themselves and get the lives they want back? Or will they have to make a choice, the greater good over control of their own lives?
Two – What is the genre?
I believe it would be fantasy with science fiction elements. It is set in our modern world with a few minor changes. The Voice control and removal of Heart isn’t that scientific but it is also not magical. Always been hard for me to classify what my writing falls under!
Three- Describe your main character in three words.
I actually have four main characters, so I’ll do all four.
Nathan – nonchalant, extrovert, determined
Star- Abrupt, talkative, caring
Kylie – introvert, timid, strong
Tristian- Determined, Angry, quirky
Four- Without spoilers describe your main villain in three words.
My villain is more a grouping of people but I would say arrogant, selfish, power-hungry.
Five – What is your goal? (traditional 50k, 20k, 5k or…100k?)
I am going with the traditntal 50k but I will be happy with at least 25K this time around.
Six – Is this your first draft? Second? or Third?
This is technically the first full draft to the novel. I have done some work before through short stories and a few scenes, but this will be the first time at trying to do a full draft.
Seven- Are you starting a new project or continuing an existing one?
As I stated I have done preliminary work before and have done a lot of outlining. I think I am in a good place to really get some true work done on the book.
Eight- What is your favorite time to write in the day?
I generally write after work, so the evenings. I can’t do the mornings. I don’t think well in the mornings. I like to read while eating breakfast instead. I get tired from work but I do try most days.
Nine – Where are you going to write?
I will write most of the time in dining room or office upstairs.
Ten – Computer or Paper?
I ALWAYS handwrite everything first. I can’t think while typing. I can edit while I type things up but I can’t get the initial words down. They always come out sounding disjoined and weird.
Eleven- NaNoWriMo is a huge commitment, how are you going to make time to write?
For me it will be just about pushing through after work and doing extra work on the weekends when I can. I also plan on telling my friend what I and doing so hopefully he’ll check in. For me it is more about getting significant work done instead of “winning.” If I don’t get the full word count done at least I will have some serious words to start with.
Twelve- Are you going to participate in in local or online NaNoWriMo events?
I probably won’t make it to any local events just because I get busy. I do want to try to participate in some of the “all-day” write ins that happen online. They tend to happen when I am busy but if I am free I’d like to give it a shot.
Thirteen – Do you write from beginning to end or skip around?
I traditionally have done beginning to end but I have found with this book that isn’t working. I am starting to skip around, write scenes as they come up and see where they take the characters. I figure I can piece it all together later like a puzzle.
Fourteen – Planner or Pantser (plantser)?
I traditionally have been a pantser but this book won’t allow that. I have an outline that is on my sloper ceiling in my office that has been very handy so far!
Fifteen- What will be your go to NaNoWriMo snack?
Depends on the day. I snack on cookies and chips a lot. I also love ice cream.
Sixteen – Choice of caffeine or no caffeine?
No caffeine. I never liked coffee or tea and I try to limit pop. I drink milk at home.
Seventeen- Any rewards for milestone achievements? Finishing NaNoWriMo?
I like to buy my self snack as I go, like cake and cupcakes.
Eighteen- Share a tip for other NaNo-ers!
The whole idea behind NaNoWriMo is that you get words out onto the page. Don’t get more than 5k done? That’s great. That is 5K more than you had before. The words on the page is what matters. You can’t share your story with the world if it is stuck in your head. Don’t worry about the word count, just concentrate on telling the story you want to tell.
Nineteen- How are you feeling about NaNoWriMo?
I am excited to get real work done. I am curious to see if I can use this time to work out some knots that have crept up in my story and see where it all goes!
Twenty – Share an aesthetic for your project
I am going to skip this one just because I am not good at the aesthetic idea. I may revise it later after I completed draft to know what would work. I will say it is going to be more an internal journey for my characters then anything else.