So, I found this beautiful tag over at Bingeing On Books, and even though NaNoWriMo is closed with the end of November, I think it is important to look back and give some feedback on my WIP, even though I DIDN’T FINISH IT (I am a loser).
I am changing some of the questions to reflect past tense to fit with the closing of another month of writing. Feel free to still join in! One of the steps in the writing process is reflection and self-evaluation!
How many times have you done NaNoWriMo?
This is my 4th year, and my second WIP.
How did you first find out about NaNoWriMo?
I knew about it back in the day, but I didn’t have the confidence to join. However, when I started to become more involved with the community, I finally decided to throw my proverbial hat into the wing and give it a shot.
What was the name of the first novel you attempted with NaNo?
Eventide. The name (along with the majority of the story) has been updated.
Give us a 1 sentence summary of what [you wrote] this year.
A sequel to God of Wishes, the first book in the series.
What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever been given?
It was Marissa Meyer, when I went to the signing for Cress. Basically, she said to try to write every day, but do only as much as your mind will let you. If you write just one sentence today, then you are that much closer. And there will be days that you will write paragraphs, and pages, and entire chapters. It was a lesson on pacing, and I was thankful for her input for a writer.
Did you ever take a year off from NaNo? Why?
No. I was a little late to the game, but I have done this consecutively since I joined.
What’s your biggest inspiration when figuring out what to write?
How to make my retelling work. Such as, how to I fit in all of the elements while keeping the spirit of the original story?
Read us the first sentence from one of your novels.
Blood was thicker than water, and vengeance was thicker than blood.
Why do you love writing?
It lets me escape into something better than what I have now.
Write Fuel: What do you eat or drink while writing?
Dr Pepper and chips and dip are my comfort food. It is so unhealthy, but it keeps me going!
Write Sounds: What do you listen to while writing?
Melodic death metal, such as Nightwish, Leaves Eyes, Within Temptation, and anything else Pandora throws at me. I have a whole radio channel with it playing in the background
Write Vice: What’s your most debilitating distraction?
My inability to sit still for long periods of time. I have to get up and move, and by that time, my mind has wandered over to something else. Work is a very close second.
Write Horror: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you while writing?
Working a full-time job. I’m dead serious. This year, I turned very ill in the middle of the month, and I pretty much crashed and burned.
Write Joy: What’s the best thing that’s ever happened while writing or how do you celebrate small victories?
I listened to one of my characters and discovered that she had a crush on someone I wasn’t expecting. It was beautiful, and I love it when I find something new about one of my characters!
Write Crew: Who do you communicate with or not communicate with while writing?
Kat Kennedy and Morgan are two of my biggest inspirations. Other than that, my Twitter. My Twit friends are so awesome. <3
Write Secret: What’s your writing secret to success or hidden flaw?
My hidden flaw is that I am HORRIBLE at writing action scenes!
Write-spiration: What always makes you productive?
A relaxing day will help me write in the evening. When I get to a stumbling point, I go to the gym and crank up some music, and the creativity just flows back in.
Write Peeve: What’s one thing writers do (or you do) that’s annoying?
Get distracted by the internet. It is the WORST.
Write Words: Share one sentence from a project, past or present?
“We don’t have dragons or Elves where I come from, so we’ll call it even.”
Did you participate in NaNoWriMo this year? Are you already planning for next year?