Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Beautiful Books #2: NaNoWriMo

Beautiful Books is a version of Cait and Sky's Beautiful People. It's a monthly link up for writers, normally we talk about our characters but for three months for NaNo it's all about the BOOKS! Whether you are doing NaNoWriMo or not, whether currently thinking about writing something or actually writing it, I highly recommend linking up with them as it is loads of fun!

I did Beautiful Books last month (post here!) and talked about my NaNo novel...only I wrote that novel before NaNo started and got distracted by a new plot bunny that became my actual NaNo novel... It's called Immortals and if you're interested you can read about it here!

1. Is the book turning out how you thought it would be, or is it defying your expectations?

Both. Because it's following my outline pretty well but some characters are deviating and the outline in general kind of defies some of my original thoughts for the book. It just recently wrote itself another plot twist which should be fun.

2. What’s your first sentence (or paragraph)?

"Colter." I flinch when Terry uses my full name, raising his voice to be heard over the pulsing, screaming music and the laughter that surrounds us. Turning to take him in, I have to squint to see through the bright lights that shine down, heating the crowded underground room. He grins in a way that lets me know he's taken some kind of mood enhancer already, eyes shining violet from them. "Loosen up. Just live!"

3. Are you a plotter or a pantser? Have you ever tried both methods and how did it turn out?

I'm a plotter, for sure. I tried pantsing once, it was my first NaNo (back in 2013) and it didn't end well, we don't talk about that book anymore. Some books are a little more pansty than others though, I only did a very basic outline for my July Camp NaNo novel whereas I spent weeks outlining for November last year. This month's book falls somewhere between the two. I definitely do better with plotting though, I just get lost and wander aimlessly without an outline.

4. What do you reward yourself with after meeting a goal?

Different things! Last year my reward for finishing NaNo was concert tickets to see Fall Out Boy (I got them because I won!). For little things I give myself candy or permission to buy a new book or a week off to just read. I also bake myself cookies or cakes or something as a reward. For this month, my big reward is tickets to see Trapt, which the concert is actually today but my brother paid for the tickets and if I lose (which I'm about to win anyway) I have to pay him back for it. I get creative, basically. It's what writers do, isn't it?

5. What do you look for in a name? Do you have themes and where do you find your names?

Hmm. Hard question. I don't think I look for anything specific in a name but I do try to go for unique ones. Most the time names just come to me, I have a thing for names that start with L or C for my main characters, case in point here's some of my main characters: Cass, Cori, Lily, Lacey, Colt, Liana, Logan.

I do some weird things, I pick names that start with D for bad boys. I love unisex names for girls and male names are never quite as unique as my female names. I also refuse to name characters certain names that have bad things attached to them in my mind. I also have a character who doesn't have a real name and a character I jokingly named Punk Rock Princess during my first year of Camp NaNo.

When I get stuck I use Behind The Name, it's my favorite name site and they have a random name generator app I have on my phone. I like names that fit my characters but I don't think they fit for any reason other than they just click in my mind.

6. What is your favourite to write: beginning, middle, or end — and why?

I like both the beginning and the end. I love starting the story, setting everything up and introducing characters. I always get lost and distracted in the middle. The end is just...the easiest and hardest to write and the most important. I love making everything FINALLY come together and the set up to the climax and the after effects.

7. Who’s your current favourite character in your novel?

Hmm...I love Kalene who's kind of quiet, psycho, and crazy. And also Terry who has issues but is so...passionate.

(Kiss, kiss, Colt! You know I love you, you're my MC!)

8. What kind of things have you researched for this project, and how do you go about researching? (What’s the weirdest thing you’ve researched?!)

Um, I don't think I researched much for this book...? I Google mostly for research, read a million sites and buy the occasional book. I both hate and love research. Weird things I've researched... I don't know, I've researched fairy circles and what happens when you step in them. Also fairy doors. Leprechauns (lots of Leprechaun research). Renasianse faires and the name for doofer because I was sure I was spelling it wrong! That's the best I got but I'm writing this at 2 in the morning so I may be forgetting something.

Wait! I got it! I once spent days researching dreams, how to have lucid ones and what different things mean in dreams. I also did a lot of research on butterflies and moths all for my YA horror-ish book, Narcolepsy.

9. Do you write better alone or with others? Do you share your work or prefer to keep it to yourself?

I write better alone. I tried writing with other people once, I went to The Night Of Writing Dangerously last year actually, and it was fun but I felt very self-conscious, actually. So, I like to be a hermit in my room or in the living room. I can write with my cats and my mom around, but that's about it.

I share my work, but I hate it sometimes. Especially sending it to a CP or beta reader who's job is to literally tear it apart. But, I do like sharing it even when it's painful. I always let my brother read things right away and my mom so, I mean, if you can let your mom read it, you can let anyone reading it because that is nerve wracking!

10. 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? Feel free to show us a picture of your writing space!

My writing habits differ. I write best early in the morning or late at night, there's too much going on in the middle of the day! That's when I sleep! I mostly write at my desk but sometimes I'll get crazy and write in bed or the living room. I ALWAYS have music on, it differs what music, but it's never not on, I need it. Mostly I have to have something to drink (with caffeine) the snacking comes and goes and depends on whatever I happened to have actually picked up at the store. There's also usually a cat somewhere...

I always use headphones for music because it helps me concentrate more and I currently have a thick black curtain over my window to block out all outside light because I've been experimenting with writing in the dark...

Okay, and that's it! If you're doing NaNo tell me, how's it going? If you're linking up with Beautiful Books please leave me links so I can visit! 

And, a question of my own, how are you at titling? Sometimes I get good titles right away, other times...they never come. Immortals is a horrible title because it just doesn't fit well...like the Immortals are a big thing in the book but it's not really about them...?

1 comment:

  1. Behind the name is an absolute lifesaver! I use it too but I had no clue there was an app o.O My world has been revolutionized.
    Also, I'm so glad you actually reward yourself! I've met a lot of writers that don't but I think it's really important to do so. It motivates you to push on :)
    I've won NaNo as of Wednesday ^ ^ I'm super pumped about it! How's NaNo going for you?
    Titles are come and go for me. I adore my titles when I find them. They stick like glue. Sometimes though, they like to hide on me and jump out of nowhere like a small child XD Usually my placeholders are rather basic and it irritates me...I suppose that's alright though since it's a placeholder and it forces me to put effort into finding a new one.
    For titles, I literally will sometimes just randomly think of a phrase. If it doesn't fit one of my current titles, I put it into a file for later use ;)

    And I did the linky too! dimensionsofmyuniverse.blogspot.com