The NaNoWriMo Tag!
Created by Sophie @ Sophie’s Corner
Many people don’t know this, but I’m a writer. This is my first year participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) where writers, true to its name, attempt to write 50,000 words by the end of November. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t terrified when I started because I thought it would be super daunting but it’s not as scary as it seems when you start.
Amani @ Amani’s Honest Reviews tagged me to participate in this tag! If you don’t already follow her blog, make sure to go do that. Her content is amazing!
Without further ado, here are the questions:
1. Tell me about your NaNoWriMo project this year! Give me a blurb.
I think it would be best to preface this by saying that I’m notoriously private about my WIP because a writer once told me that the more you talk about your WIP, the less motivated you feel to finish it. The only people that really know what I’m working on are my critique partners, one of my good friends in real life, and my sister (because she was my first reader). I sometimes also run little plot points by an online friend because we talk about everything books and writing related!
What I will tell you is that I’m writing a dystopian story (I guess you could say I never outgrew my Hunger Games or Divergent phase) that involves a lot of dark secrets, enemies, and blackmail. I’ll leave you with that vague image in your minds, haha! 😉
2. What’s the genre?
It’s a young adult, or possibly new adult because of some older main characters, dystopian novel.
3. Describe your MC in three words.
Driven, opportunistic, and pensive. (Can I also add that she’s a planner?)
4. Without spoilers, describe your villain in three words.
Cunning, opportunistic (as well), and complex.
5. What is your goal? (the traditional 50K, 100K, etc.)
6. Is this your first draft? Second? Third?
This story’s gone through so many phases from being a totally YA spies story to what it is now. I had this really strange dream about my original characters that took place in a dystopian society once and felt that I needed to write it. I started the dystopian draft a year ago and stopped writing last December before restarting in March or April and I decided to stick with that draft. The only thing that’s really stayed true to the original story is the main character’s personality. All in all, I’d say that this is maybe the fifth or sixth draft.
7. Are you working on a new project or an existing one?
8. What is your favorite time to write and why?
Before November, I would exclusively reserve time later in the night to write. With NaNoWriMo, however, I’ve been writing a lot in the very early mornings because almost nobody in my house is awake. This tweet from a few days ago pretty much sums up the only way I get words down.
However, I tried writing at night yesterday again with the IRL friend I mentioned earlier and it went really well. (We’d typically write together in the mornings over Zoom on the weekend!) I had written nothing and she had close to nothing. It was great motivation for the two of us to finish our word counts!
9. Where are you going to write?
I usually write while sitting on my bed or sometimes at my desk.
10. Computer or pen?
My laptop only. Nothing else. I do light plotting in a notebook I specifically bought for this WIP when I began when I need to get away from my screen.
11. NaNoWriMo is a huge commitment!! How are you going to make time to write?
NaNoWriMo is absolutely a huge commitment, especially for those working or in school. I normally begin on my coursework in the afternoon, so I decided to make use of my mornings for NaNo! Also, finishing it early in the day makes me feel like I have one less thing to do/worry about during the day.
12. Are you going to participate in local or online NaNoWriMo events? (e.g. kick-off parties in your city, write-ins, virtual writing sprints, etc.)?
I’m in a few Discord groups for NaNoWriMo and they do writing sprints often. I haven’t been able to join any though because of my class schedule but I hope to. Other than that, no, I don’t have plans at the moment to do anything outside of those groups. 🙂
13. Do you write from beginning to end or skip around?
I write beginning to end for the most part. If I get inspiration for another scene or have a dialogue idea, I note it down but rarely have the idea formed enough in my mind to skip around and write the entire scene.
14. Planner or pantser? (or plantser?)
I’ve tried all of them and feel like I’m a plantser more than anything!
15. What will be your go-to NaNoWriMo snack?
I don’t snack while I write or do any work, actually. Lol, I sometimes use hunger as a motivator to finish writing those 1667 daily words for NaNo if I’m writing in the morning. I think that me not eating while writing stems from my mom always telling me not to eat while doing homework when I was younger because it would distract from me working. I guess it stuck! 🙉🤷🏽♀️
16. Any rewards for milestone achievements? For finishing NaNoWriMo?
No. I feel like I should but I don’t know what those rewards would be. Any suggestions? At this point, I’m only driven by wanting to finish this book by the end (or at least almost all of it).
17. Share a tip for other NaNo-ers!
Keep writing, even when it looks like you have nothing to write about for the day. I promise, it comes and I’m speaking off of personal experience. There are so many things in your WIP’s world or within your characters that you need to explore and uncover!
18. How are you feeling about NaNoWriMo? (Excited?! Nervous?! Terrified?!)
A mix of both super excited, stressed, and terrified!
19. Share an aesthetic for your NaNoWriMo novel!
I haven’t made an aesthetic yet! I will when I go back to do edits and ramp up my worldbuilding though.
20. I want to tag these wonderful people!
✍🏼 and you if you’re interested in doing this tag!
Happy NaNoWriMo! ✍🏼✨