It’s NaNoWriMo and surprisingly, I AM STILL ALIVE. I know, I know, the month’s only half over, but it was an emotional couple of weeks okay? I’m still figuring out this whole blogging thing, Thor Ragnarok happened, and I’m super anxious about who’s going to die in Infinity War.
Oh, wait. NaNoWriMo happened too, I guess. Is still happening. Oh dear, what have I gotten myself into?
I am once again linking up with Beautiful Books hosted by Cait @ Paper Fury and Sky @ Further Up and Further In and I SWEAR THIS ISN’T GOING TO BE THE ENTIRETY OF WHAT THIS BLOG IS ABOUT. I just thought it would be great to start blogging during NaNo month. Yeah…I don’t know what’s wrong with me either.
Without further ado, here are some questions and here are some answers.
Question 1: Overall, how is your mental state, and how is your novel going?
Hahahaha. Fine. Why do you ask? I think I’ve slipped into a dark, endless void from which there is no return but other than that?
I don’t hate my WIP yet but things can still change. I’ve been pushing through it even though I have the sinking feeling it’s going to end up much shorter than I anticipated. We might be looking at a repeat of the Accidental Novella Incident of 2015. Though dangit, I’m going to revise this thing into a full novel no matter how many of my enemies I have to sacrifice to the Almighty Cthulhu to make it happen. Oh, such is the curse of the underwriter…
Question 2: What’s your first sentence or paragraph?
It wasn’t stealing, not exactly. Rin preferred to think of it as research. At least, that’s what he told himself as he ventured deeper into the archive. No unauthorized personnel, no outsiders, and most certainly no aliens.
This was going to be fun.
Question 3: Who’s your current favorite character in your novel?
Why must you make me choose between my babies? Though if I HAD to choose…I’d pick Scala. He’s an android designed by the Draquese and these aliens are big on treating their androids like works of art. Built with the capacity to learn anything, including how to feel emotions, Scala is much too precious for what I’m going to put him through.
A close second might be Eremon who bullied his way into getting a cameo appearance when, in fact, he has his own novel to worry about. Surprise surprise, he’s also an android.
I’m sorry Rin. I love you too.
Question 4: What do you love about your novel so far?
The characters. I love watching them interact. Rin, Marad, and Scala finally teamed up and Rin’s A.I., Mana, who was originally supposed to be a supportive character in the same vein as J.A.R.V.I.S., turned out to be a lot more snarky than I anticipated.
I sense a pattern here. Should I just give up and write books about robots from now on?
Question 5: Have you made any hilarious typos or other mistakes?
Oh boy. I don’t know about typos but I’ve sure forgotten a thing or two. Let’s see… One scene had Rin and Eremon talking when an antagonist turns up and starts shooting at them. Eremon heroically shoves Rin out of the way and returns fire.
But uh…I accidentally…forgot…to make the antagonist shoot first.
So now Eremon looks like he’s being super over-dramatic. But I fixed it so it’s okay now?
Let’s not mention the time I completely forgot to tell Rin what the whole plot was about and he ended up chasing the antagonists for absolutely no reason. I swear I’ll go back and tell him eventually.
As you can tell, I’m brilliant at planning things out.
Question 6: What is your favorite to write: beginning, middle, or end – and why?
Beginning, definitely. At that point, I’ve got my notes, I’ve got my outline, my character arcs, my world-building, and I’m ready to go. I’m excited to get started and the inciting incident has always been my favorite part of any story. That “you’re a wizard, Harry” moment. Love it.
Then I get to the middle which is a bit of a drag and the ending is exhausting and by the time I’m finished, I just think “thank GOD that’s over with.”
Question 7: What are your writing habits? Is there a specific snack you eat? Do you listen to music? What time of day do you write best?
I prefer to write first thing in the morning so I can get it out of the way while my brain is still functional. I write on an old Dell computer named Aidan that still has Windows XP on it, no access to the internet, and one of those cool psychedelic maze screensavers that’s way too distracting if I don’t touch my keyboard in time to prevent it. But sometimes I write in my notebook at the auction house on Tuesdays.
I’ve found that nothing is more distracting than silence. I NEED sound. I always listen to music while I’m writing as it helps me focus but I can’t listen to anything with lyrics. Two Steps From Hell is my go-to.
I generally don’t eat snacks when I’m writing because I can’t type and eat at the same time. Except for on Tuesdays when I have M&M’s.
Question 8: How private are you about your novel while you’re writing? Do you need a cheer squad or do you work alone?
Pfft. Everyone and their dog knows I’m writer. I’ve had people I thought were complete strangers ask my how my writing was going.
Anyway, having people encourage me is always nice and I can’t stand the idea of not meeting my goal when other people know about it.
Question 9: What keeps you writing even when it’s hard?
Knowing that the WHOLE WORLD will know of my failure if I don’t keep going. HOW COULD I POSSIBLY GO ON WITH THE SHAME?
Question 10: What are your top 3 pieces of writing advice?
Number 1: Don’t ask me for advice.
Okay, okay, fine. Kidding. Ahem.
1. You do you. Whether you’re a planner or a pantser or a plantser, do whatever works for you and don’t listen to anyone who says “you HAVE to do it a certain way” because everyone is different.
2. Don’t overthink things. Worried your idea is lame or too similar to something else? Instead of dwelling on the idea and falling into the murky pit of despair, realize that everyone has doubts. No plot is truly unique. What makes each story stand out is the way it’s written and you’re the only one who can write your book exactly the way you’d write it.
3. Remember that writing is fun. We don’t do it for the fame and we certainly don’t do it for the money. I don’t know anyone who decided to become a writer because it was a smart career choice. It takes a lot of hard work and time but you wouldn’t even be writing if you didn’t love creating stories. Remember why you started in the first place.
I hope everyone else who’s doing NaNoWriMo is having a great one so far. Even if you’re not making your goal, anything you write this month is something that didn’t exist before. And for those who aren’t doing NaNo, that’s cool. It’s not for everyone. As for me, I’m going to go back to questioning the meaning of my existence.