I've seen a few writing related tags floating around recently and it's now week 3 of NaNoWriMo so there's really no better time to be doing them!
1. How many times have you done NaNoWriMo?
Um, counting Camp Sessions this November is my 6th, my 3rd year doing November NaNo.
2. How did you first find out about NaNoWriMo?
From the YouTube, I believe it was Katytastic's channel? I was really into BookTube for a while and when I heard about this I HAD to do it immediately. I did kind of randomly decide to do it my first year, back in 2013. I was moving the first week and hadn't planned anything but a vague idea I'd had for a few years...we don't talk about that novel anymore (though I still love the idea!).
3. What was the name of the first novel you attempted with NaNo?
Um...that's the novel we don't speak of...see above. No seriously, though, it was called A War Of Queens which isn't accurate as that was going to be the title of the last book in the series. Basically, it was a mess but I still love it and am planning on scrapping it and rewriting the story as a stand alone one day!
4. Give us a 1 sentence summary of what you’re writing this year.
I suck at one sentence summaries! Let's try this: Colt's a Mortal living in a world where his kind die before age 25, all he wants is to know why; why Immortals care enough to help them live their best lives but not enough to save them.
Eh. That's okay. You can read the full synopsis here!
5. What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever been given?
Hmm. I guess to just keep writing. Let yourself suck for as long as you need to until suddenly you don't suck so much and to rewrite as many times as it takes because it will be worth it when it's done.
6. Did you ever take a year off from NaNo? Why?
No. I have not. I considered it this year because I need to do some more editing to prepare to query, but I decided to spend the first half of the month writing my novel and then edit (because I'm crazy).
7. What's your biggest inspiration when figuring out what to write?
I feel like this is an overused question only because I always see the same answer. I don't think anyone finds inspiration in the same place twice! I just get inspired by everything. My random thoughts, a few are from dreams, songs, movies, shows, books. For example, the first book I ever wrote, the first idea I ever had, I got the very first time I listened to Taylor Swift's Long Live. And the book I wrote for camp in July I got the idea for when watching an episode of Warehouse 13 with a Renasianace faire in it. This month my story sprung from the thought of, what would it be like if you didn't have to work, didn't have to waste time making a living, and could just spend all your time doing what you love with no responsibilities? Thus sprung the world of Mortals and Immortals.
8. Read us the first sentence from one of your novels.
Aye, aye. I'm doing three though because that's how I roll!
First, from the book we don't speak of, also known as the first NaNo Novel I wrote:
“The time is near,” The King whispers in a hoarse voice from where he sits in a small dark office in the highest tower of the castle, he faces the window, never once turning to look at the visitor.
Kind of a run on sentence...
Next, from my July Camp novel, Ren & Farrah:
The first day of April was Ren’s favorite day of the year.
And lastly, the first sentence from my NaNo novel this month, Immortals!
"Colter." I flinch when Terry uses my full name, raising his voice to be heard over the pulsing, screaming music and laughter that surrounds us.
9. Why do you love writing?
I'm not sure I have a reason. I kind of just do. It's like writing was the only real possibility for me, my whole life. I love writing because I can create whatever I want and I can just, discover my own worlds and hope that other people will love them. It's kind of like, I actually had this ah-ha moment. I was like fourteen and I'd gotten really into astronomy, I loved the stars and wanted to be an astronomer and I was rereading Percy Jackson late one night and I just realized that I would always choose fantasy over reality and that that's where I wanted to live. Ever since then, I've never once considered doing something else. It's like...there is nothing else? Maybe I'm being dramatic, I'm a dramatic person. I can't think of a reason not to love writing though and I can't think of just any one thing I love about it, okay!?
So I wasn't tagged for this either but I saw Cait @ PaperFury do this a month or so ago and I NEEDED to do it because it's so much fun.
WRITE FUEL: WHAT DO YOU EAT/DRINK WHILE WRITING?
Coffee. Chocolate. Popcorn. Whatever I happen to have remembered to buy at the store. I'm a snacker.
WRITE SOUNDS: WHAT DO YOU LISTEN TO WHILE WRITING?
EVERYTHING. I don't have one specific thing I listen to while writing, not even a genre or anything. I just listen to whatever I feel like or whatever fits the mood of the book. I spend HOURS making playlists. I do find Go The Distance from Hercules be really inspiring though, I put it on most my writing playlists.
WRITE VICE: WHAT’S YOUR MOST DEBILITATING DISTRACTION?
My overactive brain. As soon as I finish a chapter my mind starts to wander so I always end up procrastinating between chapters because my brain just like gets out of the zone and needs a minute to get back. Also, music does distract me frequently but it's worth it!
WRITE HORROR: WHAT’S THE WORST THING THAT’S EVER HAPPENED TO YOU WHILE WRITING?
My computer broke in the middle of Camp NaNo July and it kept having seizures or something, not quite crashing but kind of freezing. Multiple times when I thought I'd saved, it didn't actually save and I kept losing chapters! Even when I tried to back it up.
WRITE JOY: WHAT’S THE BEST THING THAT’S EVER HAPPENED WHILE WRITING OR HOW DO YOU CELEBRATE SMALL VICTORIES?
Hmm... Not sure honestly. But I celebrate everything with baked goodies and, sometimes, gifting myself concert tickets.
WRITE CREW: WHO DO YOU COMMUNICATE WITH OR NOT COMMUNICATE WITH WHILE WRITING?
I talk to my brother a lot while writing, he's who I bounce all my ideas off of. Also, I email my friend Penny all the time while writing. We complain back and forth about how hard writing is and cheer each other on. It's lots of fun. We get really silly. Honestly, though, I'll talk to anyone and LOVE it.
WRITE SECRET: WHAT’S YOUR WRITING SECRET TO SUCCESS OR HIDDEN FLAW?
My secret to success is loving everything I write even when it's a hot mess. My hidden flaw is definitely plots. I suck at them. It's a problem.
WRITE-SPIRATION: WHAT ALWAYS MAKES YOU PRODUCTIVE?
Setting goals. If I set myself a goal I never DON'T met it even if it means I get no sleep.
WRITE PEEVE: WHAT’S ONE THING WRITERS DO (OR YOU DO) THAT’S ANNOYING?
Something I always do that annoys myself, is leaving stupid little notes throughout my outline or draft and expecting future me to know what past me means! Also, in between rounds of editing and revising I go through really bad rounds of self-doubt. I'm working on it though.
Oh, and I hate (okay, that's a strong word, I just get frustrated with) writers who don't believe in using the Oxford comma!
WRITE WORDS- SHARE ONE SENTENCE FROM A PROJECT. PAST OR PRESENT
I'm going to share one of my favorite parts from the novel I wrote back in July for Camp, Ren & Farrah:
"Foul beast! How dare you attack the Princess!” Ren giggled as another knight, Lady Malle, rushed the dragon, swinging her sword wildly.
The dragon reared back as Lady Malle’s sword clanged off it’s metallic scales. Wings beat against the air, strong enough to topple trees, sending Ren’s hair flying into her mouth. She laughed, waiting to see what the dragon would do next.
The dragon disappeared in a puff of smoke to be replaced by Ren’s older sister, hands on hips, glaring at her.
The magic disappeared with a great big whoosh.
And that's it!
I tag Shannon (It Starts At Midnight), Cynthia (Binging On Books), and Jameson (Lovely Whatsoevers) for one or both tags if you guys feel like it and anyone else who sees this of course!
Feel free to answer any of the questions in the comments! =)