Today is the day! It’s officially November and that means it is officially 50,000 Words of Panic Month!
I found this tag while stumbling through the NaNoWriMo tag on wordpress and thought this would be a nice way to introduce the blog to the upcoming regular updates and also wrap my head around the next 30 days to come! Here we go! Created by Sophie @ Sophie’s Corner
Tell me about your NaNoWriMo project this year! Give me a blurb!
I don’t want to go super into the overall plot but essentially the plot revolves around a witch named Saoirse who just happens to live in a town right outside of Boston in the year 1776. There’s a war going on in America but not just between two countries. Witches, Witch Hunters, and the people who fall between them will face down who they truly are and who they want to be. A runaway sister. A long missing orphan. A family of witches. A love that will break down barricades. Toxic friendships that could be a death sentence for everyone involved. Adventures will begin. Love will be formed. Blood will be shed. It’ll be a ride.
What’s the genre?
Historical Fantasy! This genre is the beautiful thing that has captured my imagination since I was a kid. A setting that involves lots of beautiful colonial architecture, women in corsets, long floor sweeping skirts, AND I’m allowed to put magic in it? What more could anyone want!?!?
Describe your MC in three words.
Determined. Angry. Sentimental.
Without spoilers, describe your villain in three words.
Infatuated. Secretive. Naive.
What is your goal? (the traditional 50K? 20K? 5K? or……. 100K?)
The traditional 50k ya’ll, we in there
Is this your first draft? Second? Third?
First draft. I have at least 50 pages of snippets scattered from all sections of the story, but no full draft as of right now. For this month I’m planning on starting from scratch and rewriting in the snippets I already have as I go along.
Are you starting a new project (or draft), or continuing an existing one?
Existing one. This bad boy has been stewing in my head for almost four years now? Maybe three? I wrote the first chapter for a writing class in college in less than an hour because my piece was due in less than two hours that night.
My professor loved the idea, my class loved the idea. I didn’t think it was worth much more than just a crappy fiction piece meant to go no further than my junior year writing course. But I sat down with my professor a few weeks later and he started explaining how I might have something here, and that thought has never left my head since.
Unfortunately I didn’t have much of a clue of where to go past chapter one until this year, so here we are.
What is your favourite time to write in the day?
I don’t usually have a favorite time, which I suppose is good if I need to be grabbing as much time as possible to complete the challenge this month! My favorite time to write is when inspiration hits, fortunately that usually lands somewhere around my lunch break or on the train ride home. However more recently the inspo has been hitting somewhere around 3am after waking up from an weird dream brought on by too much sugar after 9pm.
Where are you going to write?
My plan for this month is to write at least twice a day, maybe three if I can. Luckily I get about a 45 minute lunch break everyday at work that I usually spend watching videos or just working while I eat during busy times. For this month though I plan on spending my entire break getting words down. I also want to make sure that I write instead of read on my train ride home in the afternoon which is about a total of 50 minutes. And finally, if I’m not tired, I want to be able to get more in at home before bed.
Computer or paper?
Both! I try to always start writing on a computer because its easier to keep everything together that way, but sometimes when I’m really stuck I just pull out my rough draft notebook and start scribbling away there instead. Changing my format is almost always my special way out of writers block.
NaNoWriMo is a huge commitment!! How are you going to make time to write?
By making the time! Ugh. I’m not a morning person, I’ve seen so many people explaining how they are going to wake up an hour earlier to get writing done. That is not an option for me for two reasons, 1: I’m not a morning person, and 2: I already wake up at 5:30 in the morning everyday……I’m not waking up any earlier. BUT. I’m going to sneak in as much writing as possible throughout the day.
I also need to find some nice inspirational quotes to put on my work desk. Any suggestions?
Are you going to participate in local or online NaNoWriMo events? (e.g. kick-off parties in your city, write-ins, virtual writing sprints…)
I would love to but the times and dates never line up for me. I stalked the upcoming calendars for both the in-person Philly meet ups and the online write-ins and its always at the worst time for me. My journey will most likely be a solo one, but I’m going to try to attend where I can.
Do you write from beginning to end or skip around?
Traditionally I tend to skip around. I usually have random bursts of inspiration surrounding a scene that is at least five chapters away from where I currently am and I don’t want to lose that inspiration, so I jump. However, for this month I really want to give writing from beginning to end a real effort.
Planner or pantser? (or plantser?)
I would usually describe myself as a Planner but I guess I might fit the Plantser definition better. I can’t write a story until I know the beginning, the end, and at least most of the middle. I need an outline and I need fleshed out characters and setting and motives before I can even think about putting pen to paper. But with that said, if I’m half way through a chapter and a great idea comes up that fits no where in my outline, I’ll morph to make it work when I need to.
What will be your go-to NaNoWriMo snack?
I’m a salty hoe, as in my favorite past time is eating an entire bag of salty chips that leave my hands greasy and grainy. Greasy and grainy fingers do not pair well with my laptop keyboard. My go to snack is probably going to be seasonal teas and over sugared coffee.
Choice of caffeine? (or no caffeine?)
Any rewards for milestone achievements? For finishing NaNoWriMo?
I want to let myself celebrate milestones for the month. My current plan is for every 10,000 words I’ll let myself take one of my times from the next day usually saved for writing to do something else, read a little bit, maybe watch a netflix episode, anything.
And as for finishing NaNoWriMo? The final day of the month is the Saturday after Thanksgiving. I will be in Boston with my cousins at the time and I will be spending that evening with my oldest cousin as her +1 for her five year high school reunion in the city. I’m going to let myself relax and enjoy my night and let myself be consumed by the hometown of my main character while we walk the streets.
Share a tip for other NaNo-ers!
It’s okay to not “win”. When I “won” my first Camp NaNo I felt like I was on top of the world, and it was only with a goal of 20,000 words. For my second Camp I upped the tension by making my goal 40,000. I ended up having a mental health month from hell for that Camp and I barely made it to 10,000 words. I was so bummed about having not “won” that I didn’t write a thing for the rest of the summer.
Don’t do that.
“Winning” this thing or not isn’t some big monumental event. It is something that you decided to do for yourself, and in the end you accomplished something, no matter the number. I wrote 10,000 words that month….and considering the deep pit I had crawled into in my personal life at that time I probably wouldn’t have written that much if I hadn’t been participating in a challenge. Write when you can and as much as you can and don’t let the idea of accomplishing the end goal be an end all be all for your writing career. Your words are what matter, not the word count.
How are you feeling about NaNoWriMo? (Excited?! Nervous!? Terrified?!)
Excited I think! I’ve been making myself wait for almost all of October to write anything so my fingers are just zinging right now with anticipation! I’m sure I’ll feel a little different come mid-November, but right now I’m excited to get started!
Share an aesthetic for your NaNoWriMo novel!
And that is that! I hope to be posting at least once a week with updates on my experience this month. I’m feeling very optimistic this year and I have a good feeling about being able to accomplish this goal. I’m in a great mindset right now and I’m trying to hold on to this calm state of mind for as long as I can!
Saoirse’s story is one that has become very special to me and I hope that this year can be the beginning of being able to tell it.
Good luck to everyone who is participating in NaNoWriMo this year and may the word count be ever in your favor!
(Also its hilarious to me that the word count for this post is a little over 1,650 words, the count I should get to daily to accomplish 50,000. Isn’t it crazy how easy it is to just type away about nothing but once it matters I’m just staring at a blank word document wondering WHERE ALL MY IDEAS WENT……..end rant)