1. How many times have you done NaNoWriMo?
This is my second year. I signed up in 2016 but never got around to writing. Last year I went all out and hit my 50k despite some hiccups. I’ve done a couple of Camp NaNoWriMo’s since then just to get me to dedicate time to writing every day which is what I struggle with the most and often projects fizzle out because I keep putting off finishing them.
2. How did you first find out about NaNoWriMo?
I think Twitter possibly, it’s everywhere now of course but I think I probably saw it mentioned there first and then looked into it after having not written anything for a few years.
3. What was the name of the first novel you attempted with NaNo?
I called it “Paralysed” after a song that really inspired me (this is a common occurrence) and I’m still technically writing it this year but starting afresh (as I have five times now) as the story keeps changing and evolving over time.
4. Give us a 1 sentence summary of what you’re writing this year.
People with superpowers save the world from an A.I who is trying to protect them
5. What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever been given?
A bad draft is better than no draft, get it written and edit later.
6. Did you ever take a year off from NaNo? Why?
Not unless you count the first attempt that I didn’t actually do >.<
7. What’s your biggest inspiration when figuring out what to write?
Music and daydreaming most of the time. I have a playlist that I almost always listen to when I’m writing.
8. Read us the first sentence from one of your novels.
The first paragraph from “The Last of the Real Ones” which is my NaNo novel for this year
“You’re in the wrong place” A voice whispers in the dark.
Tobias peers into the black, his eyes straining as they try to detect any hint of shapes or movement beyond the thick sheet of glass before him. There is no light inside the room and no windows, just a wave of darkness covering everything. He waits for a moment, the Warden had mentioned the girl was a little unhinged after spending so long alone down here in the dark so he stays still and just listens while doing his best to project an aura of calm he hoped she might pick up on and decide he was worth talking to. He does his best not to cry out in surprise as the sound of disturbed water echoes through the speakers on his side of the glass.
9. Why do you love writing?
I love to experience the story as I write in much the same way as reading. I’ve always loved to write out my dreams in full detail and over time I would do the same with daydreams which eventually became mini-stories or scenes I just liked to write. There’s just something so satisfying about it for me.
If you’re also doing NaNoWriMo this year I’d love to read your answers to these questions! Let me know what you’re writing this year!