I saw this tag on Natalia Leigh’s Youtube channel. She created it herself. She didn’t tag me, but said whoever wanted to answer the questions could. There are nine questions about NaNoWriMo. That stands for National Novel Writing Month and it is an event that takes place in November where you try to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. People all over the world participate.
1. How many times have you participated in NaNoWriMo? How many times have you won?
I have participated in NaNoWriMo, to varying degrees of success every year since 2005 when I was in college and learned about it. I have won only twice in all those years though. I won in 2010 and in 2012.
2. Are you a pantser or a plotter?
I am 100% a pantser. Perhaps that’s why I have such a low success rate with my NaNo plans. I can’t get myself to write a story when I have it all plotted out though. I already know the ending and can’t be bothered to care about it any more.
Both times I have won Nano I started at midnight on November 1st with only a title in mind. No characters, no plot, nothing.
3. What are the titles of the projects that you have attempted/completed for past NaNos?
A lost nanowrimo.org log in at some point over the years means I don’t have the titles for many of my attempted novels. The ones I do have working titles logged for are:
2010: Way too embarrassing to write here
2012: Cloud of Destiny (taken from a random title generator)
2015: In Which a Sorceress, A Failed Magician, and a White Rabbit Save a World (also a random title generator)
2016: Silken Edge (third attempt at a random title generator)
4. What are you working on for NaNo this year?
Another randomly generated prompt. It was a picture going around facebook where you took the first letter of your name, the month, and day you were born to craft a title for a YA book. I changed the first word to another of the options, but my working title for my 2018 NaNoWriMo project is Love, Assassins, and Other Things That Nearly Killed Me. And that’s all I know about my project so far. I may try to brainstorm a few ideas or plot points, but then again I may not.
5. What is one tip that you’d give to someone else that is participating in NaNo?
I know it’s hard, but seriously don’t edit what you’ve written until November is over.
6. What was the inspiration for this novel? Do you remember when the inspiration hit you?
Oops. Answered this in question 4.
7. Read us the first sentence from your NaNo novel last year?
I haven’t opened the document since day 1 of NaNoWriMo last year. It took some scrolling in my Google Docs to find it, but I did. I made it 1682 words in to this rough draft and then abandoned it apparently. So entirely unedited and forgotten, the first line I wrote last year for NaNo was:
Not sure where she was going Marnie packed an overnight bag with four full sets of clothing, an extra sweater, an extra pair of shoes, her kindle full of ebooks, her cell phone, both chargers, her wallet, a journal and a pen.
8. What do you plan to do with your manuscript after NaNo?
If it’s anything like the other two NaNo novels I’ve finished it will sit unopened and unread in my Google Docs forever. My husband has read the rough drafts of my 2010 and 2012 novels, but I have never looked at them. I wonder if enough time has finally passed for me to not be embarrassed by them any more.
9. Are you prepared for NaNo? Are you nervous?
I’m as prepared as I always am, which means probably not enough. I’m not nervous though. I’ve had to let go of a lot of things this year and if I can’t keep up with the writing for NaNo that is just going to have to fall by the wayside again this year. If I write anything this November it will be more fiction than I have written in a while, years probably, and that will be a win for me.
Will you be participating in NaNoWriMo this November?