So, the lovely Cait has asked us bloggers/writers for updates on our NaNo novels. Which basically means us just complaining about our woes while the whole world watches. WHAT COULD BE MORE FUN??
So, without further ado, THE QUESTIONS:
1. Overall, how is your mental state, and how is your novel going?
Can I just take a moment to just…laugh at this? My mental state is, of course, COMPLETELY and utterly FRIED. I have pounded out roughly 14K words in 4 days so basically there is nothing left in my brain right now. Also I never got to finish my outline before NaNo (I blame instagram and book photo shoots).
2. What’s your first sentence (or paragraph)?
DON’T MIND IF I DO. Feast your eyes:
The Panfar country house was situated on a rather large piece of land, flush with the woods on the outskirts of London. The family could not be described as particularly happy, but they were truly privileged in every way. By inheritance, they had money without end, servants to fill a small village, and seemingly endless land. The only thing the family did not have was a dog, but rather several cats of varying friendliness.
Mind you, it is COMPLETELY UNEDITED AND UNCHANGED. So….ahem.
3. Who’s your current favourite character in your novel?
I’m pretty sure at the moment it’s a tie between Peter and James. They are basically polar opposites, but I love how mischievous Peter is and at the same time I love how James is trying to figure out what he wants without the danger element in his life. BUT I SERIOUSLY LOVE PETER. He is so daring and dangerous. And Wendy is pretty badass, too. I’M SORRY, DID I ASK YOU WHICH ONE OF YOUR CHILDREN YOU LIKE BEST???
4. What do you love about your novel so far?
Oh, you know, we’re still in the ‘honeymoon’ phase. I’m still jotting down brilliant ideas and I’m loving talking about all of the magical creatures and pirates and pirates weapons and what pirates wear. I’m also having LOADS of fun speaking pirate and also there is ALREADY ONE DEAD PERSON SO that is my fuel. ONLY it’s no one important. I have yet to kill an important character sooo….yes.
5. Have you made any hilarious typos or other mistakes?
This is so embarrassing. I’m going to have to say know (obviously I meant NO. There’s one typo for you. So my book is probably riddled with them). IF I HAD KNOWN THIS QUESTION WAS GOING TO BE ON THE TEST I WOULD HAVE PAID MORE ATTENTION. Does it count that for like a whole page I was referring to Wendy as ‘he’?
6. What is your favourite to write: beginning, middle, or end — and why?
MIDDLE. DEFINITELY THE MIDDLE. Why, you ask?* Well, it’s simple. That’s where the action and the blood and guts and fighting are. And in the middle, you already know the characters. At the end everything gets wrapped up and then I’m left with an empty feeling inside. So, I repeat. Middle 1892340928%
*I know you didn’t ask BUT I’M TELLING YOU ANYWAY
7. What are your writing habits? Is there a specific snack you eat? Do you listen to music? What time of day do you write best? Feel free to show us a picture of your writing space!
Um. My writing space is my bed. AND I WILL SHOW NO PICTURES BECAUSE IT IS THE DEVIL’S HOLE. cries so messy
I think by now everyone here knows that I eat chocolate like I breathe air. I can’t stop. If I stopped, I’m pretty sure I’d die. Sooo yes. Also the best time of day is obviously when I’m working, but that doesn’t work so I ususally have to settle for late afternoon/night.
8. How private are you about your novel while you’re writing? Do you need a cheer squad or do you work alone (like, ahem, Batman)?
UM. I would LOVE to have a cheer squad…if only I knew where to find one. BUT BUT BUT also I am really self conscious about my writing now for some reason. But I’d still take a cheer squad…
9. What keeps you writing even when it’s hard?
Stalking pinterest, binge watching Peter Pan (with Jeremy Sumpter, of course) and Anne of Green Gables, also lots and lots of whining and talking to myself and telling myself lies like ‘You can do this!’
10. What are your top 3 pieces of writing advice?
NOW I’M GIVING WRITING ADVICE. What went wrong here…?
- DON’T THINK ABOUT IT. There are probably 872,934,093 typos in there,* but it never pays off to be a perfectionist on the first draft. That’s where you’r supposed to write ‘(insert awesome weapon descriptioin here)’** instead of actually writing it.
- When your brain feels like mush, take a break. Read a book or watch a movie. Who knows? Maybe they’ll give yo a little inspiration!
- EAT EVERYTHING YOU CAN GET YOUR HANDS ON. When you are writing, it’s pretty hard to eat at the same time. So eat when you get the chance because three hours later your stomach will be MAD AT YOU.
*I know, it’s like 50x more than what you’ve actually written. But there are probably still that many.
**I literally did that because there was too much dying in my brain to actually look up the weapons and write the descriptions
Tell me: HOW IS YOUR NOVEL GOING? Are you rocking it or are you floundering hopelessly? Or maybe BOTH?