Sometimes I like to watch writing tag videos on YouTube, and even though I don’t have a channel, and probably never will, I always want to do the tags!
So even though this is not a YouTube channel, and no one knows or cares about this blog yet, I just want to do a tag, so I’m going to be answering questions from Natalia Leigh’s NaNo 2018 tag. (Love her channel, she inspires me so much~)
How many times have you participated in NaNoWriMo? How many times have you won? I’ve only done NaNo in 2016 and reached 50,000 words, but ultimately never finished that version of that novel. I finished a different version of the same story with an extended Camp NaNo July 2018, which stretched itself three months until I finished my very first full draft!
Are you a pantser or a plotter? I’m a hybrid, leaning toward being a pantser. With novels I like to brainstorm and make notes beforehand, but I can never seem to see the ending unless I write toward it, see how things are going, do a bit more plotting, then write more. I definitely discover as I write. As for short stories, I start with a premise and pants my way through.
What are the titles of the projects that you have attempted/completed for past NaNos? Both were called The Fifth Column. The same idea has gone through many iterations, but I think I’ve finally found the diamond in the rough!
What are you working on for NaNo this year? I want to write a high school fantasy novel about a girl who becomes a witch and is irresponsible with her new power. Not a Harry Potter witch, a real witch who can do real magic!
What is one tip that you’d give to someone else that is participating in NaNo? Know yourself well enough to know when you truly need a break and when you’re just slacking. Breaks are needed, but breaks can also take too long!
What was the inspiration for this novel? Do you remember when the inspiration hit you? I thought, “What’s the most magical place I can think of that I would personally never want to leave?” Answer: A book shop + cafe and lounge + rare books library + stationery shop, which is in the middle of a forest, surrounded by a garden and lake where the people who work there harvest the ingredients for the tea and food in the cafe. Sounds like heaven to me, so that’s my main setting for this novel.
Read us the first sentence from your NaNo novel last year? A larger than average, ten-legged cobcrawler hovered over her head.
What do you plan to do with your manuscript after NaNo? I hope I can actually get to THE END during Nano, because then I’ll have TWO finished first drafts :D. Whenever I finish though, I’ll save it for later and edit it after I edit The Fifth Column draft.
Are you prepared for NaNo? Are you nervous? I’m really curious to see where this story goes. I almost just started writing, but I’m going to do a bit more brainstorming and wait for November to start.
I feel really self-indulgent after doing this tag, haha. I tag everyone, because no one actually knows about this blog yet… it’s a secret for now. Shhh.
Actually, if you’re reading this, you should probably tell someone so they can help you out. This blog is barely born, and you probably have things to do…