So it’s NaNoWriMo eve (holy crap how did it get here so fast) and I guess I’m as ready as I’ll ever be??? So to celebrate I figured I’d find a good tag to do to mark the occasion and this one by Bethany Atazadeh and I’m hoping maybe it’ll act as a sort of prep ready for tomorrow as well. For those who don’t know, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and is an annual, Internet-based creative writing project that takes place during the month of November. Participants attempt to write a 50,000-word manuscript between November 1 and November 30.
1. What is your NaNo WIP? (aka genre, and a little about the story)
I think it would be classed as science fiction as there is some future technology and I refer to my characters ‘abilities’ as powers and not magic. In its current iteration, I keep swapping and changing names, it was Andromeda, then Astraea for a bit but just this morning I came up with a good enough reason to change it back to Andromeda because I really loved that name the most.
Anyway, I don’t have a finished synopsis of any kind yet, this is something I tend to write on day one BUT the gist of it is: It begins with Clair suffering from nightmares, a man with strange abilities who is set out to kill her and is looking for others. At work she notices stars begin to disappear from the sky, something is up with her best friend and then she rescues a man from some kind of beast except she uses abilities like she saw in her nightmares to do so, not to mention that the man she rescued looks awfully familiar. She has questions but he can’t remember anything before that morning. More monsters begin to appear throughout the previously idyllic, peaceful town Clair hasn’t left in ten years and more people seem to be developing abilities that are somehow linked to their emotions and Clair herself. As Clair and her new friends search for answers they uncover secrets they never could have imagined.
2. What stage is your WIP in? (aka first draft, second, third, editing, betas, etc)
Still technically first draft but third round of it now I think. This story has existed in different iterations since early 2017 with a few characters and moments staying the same. The main thing has always been the abilities that are affected by emotions among a few other things I’ll keep secret for now. I’m hoping this year maybe I’ve finally got it right.
3. What are your NaNo goals? (Monthly word count goal? Daily goals?)
I’m aiming for the usual 50k words in a month which works out at 1.666k words a day if I’m not mistaken? Even if I fall behind I still want to at least make the effort to write every day which is a practise I had fallen out of until Inktober this month.
4. Do you have NaNo rewards for meeting different goals or the final goal?
Not hugely. I tend to reward myself for reaching my daily goal by playing one of my favourite video games or something similar. I usually think of something to treat myself with if I complete my goal too but I haven’t thought of anything yet.
5. Are you in a NaNo cabin and/or do you have NaNo buddies?
Not so much this year. I am in a NaNoWriMo group on facebook and a group for my area via the Nano site where we do sprints together sometimes but that’s about it.
6. Have you done NaNoWriMo in the past (November or other months) and how did it go?
As mentioned before I’ve done the yearly NaNoWriMo twice in the past already and I’ve done Camp NaNoWriMo twice now although I don’t find them as intensive as I usually set a much lower goal.
7. What are you most excited about for this NaNo?
Getting back to this story with a much clearer idea for its progression and its characters. The first year I had a story I liked but I could not get a good focus on its characters, the second year I did a lot of character work and really found them but then the story didn’t fit them anymore. This time around I think/hope I’ve got the balance right.
8. What is your #1 advice for people doing NaNo?
“The garbage will do” to me this means just write. Just get it written, it will not be perfect but that’s what editing is for.
9. What is your NaNo Handle so we can follow you?
I’m there as MissChocobo88 and you can find my profile here. If you follow me let me know and I’ll do so back!
10. Who will you tag to do the NaNo tag?
I don’t think I know any bloggers that are doing it this year but as usual, if you’re seeing this and want to join in consider yourself tagged and link back to me so I can check out your answers.
Okay well, I guess as I’m as ready as I’ll ever be and I’ll guess I’ll see you back here for Six for Sunday if I’m not drowning in my word count.